Dec. 27, 2007
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#13/14 Indiana (10-1) vs. Chicago State (4-11)
Saturday, December 29, 7:06 p.m.
IU leads series, 1-0
IU Radio Network (Jeremy Gray and Todd Leary)
Big Ten Network (Mel Proctor and John Laskowski)
The Opening Tip
The Indiana men's basketball team is ranked 13th in the AP Poll and 14th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and will host Chicago State in the final game of a five-game December homestand. IU has won its last six games and is coming off a 73-46 win over Coppin State. The Hoosiers enter the game with a 25-game home court winning streak. The Hoosiers have the fourth longest home court winning streak in the nation behind BYU (38) , Memphis (37), and Notre Dame (26) and the 25-game mark is the fourth longest in Assembly Hall history and fifth all-time in IU lore. The Cougars are coming off a 75-55 loss at Binghamton on December 22. The Cougars will be making their second trip to Assembly Hall in as many seasons. Last year, Indiana captured a 90-69 victory behind D.J. White's 18-point, 11-rebound performance. In addition, Lance Stemler had 15 points and Armon Bassett had 10 points and nine assists. Chicago State's David Holston had 23 points last year against the Hoosiers and is among the national leaders averaging 22.7 points a game. He leads the nation making 4.9 three-pointers per game.
Two-time National Coach of the Year Kelvin Sampson was named the 26th head coach in Indiana University history on March 29, 2006 and enters his second year with the Hoosiers and 25th as a collegiate head coach. He has notched 16 20-plus win seasons and is 486-269 (.644), which ranks 19th in victories among active NCAA Division I coaches. He is 31-12 (.721) in two seasons and is 23-0 at Assembly Hall. Branch McCracken holds the record for most consecutive wins at home to start a career with 25 from 1938-41. Both of Sampson's Hoosier teams have been nationally ranked. This year, the Hoosiers have been ranked as high as eighth in the country, while last year, they climbed to #19.
Coach Benjy Taylor is in his first season as the head coach of the Cougars. He came to CSU after serving as an assistant last season at Tulane.
Eric Gordon leads the league and is eighth in the nation in scoring (23.5), first in the league in free throw percentage (84.4), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (45.3), and seventh in steals (1.7). He has made (76) and attempted (90) more free throws than any other player in the league. The last freshman to lead the Big Ten in scoring was Minnesota's Kris Humphries (21.7) in 2004. The highest scoring average by a freshman in league history was set by Purdue's Glenn Robinson (24.1) in 1993.
D.J. White saw his streak of six straight double-doubles end, but still led IU with 21 points and eight rebounds against Coppin State. He is currently fourth in the league in scoring (16.0), first in rebounds (9.2) and in field goal percentage (66.0) and second in blocked shots (1.9). He surpassed Jay Edwards and is now 38th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,048 points.
Jamarcus Ellis is fifth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.9) and fourth in assists (4.60). He also is second in the league in defensive rebounds at 5.9.
The Hoosiers lead the league in scoring (82.1).
In the last six games
The Hoosiers have notched their longest winning streak under Kelvin Sampson at six games.
The Hoosiers are dominating the boards, winning the battle 39.8 to 27.5 since the Georgia Tech game.
Indiana is averaging 79.0 points, while holding opponents to 58.0 points per game.
Hoosier opponents are shooting just 30.0% from three-point range.
The Hoosiers have made 137 free throws, while IU's opponents have made just 58 during that same time frame.
The Hoosiers are averaging 5.1 blocked shots per game, led by D.J. White's 17.
Four players are shooting better than 50% from the floor including D.J. White (67.2%), DeAndre Thomas (53.8%), Jordan Crawford (51.7%), and Jamarcus Ellis (51.4%).