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    Hoosiers Welcome Cardinals to Assembly Hall

    Go Hoosiers! Junior forward Lance Stemler recorded career highs with 21 points and nine rebounds in IU's win over IUPUI on Dec. 22.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior forward Lance Stemler recorded career highs with 21 points and nine rebounds in IU's win over IUPUI on Dec. 22.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Dec. 29, 2006

    Ball State Game Notes
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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- Fresh off an eight-day layoff, the Indiana men's basketball team (8-3) looks for its fourth straight win and sixth in its last seven games when it hosts Ball State at 8 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 30. The Hoosiers and Cardinals are meeting for the 20th time, with IU holding an 18-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Indiana-Ball State game will be televised by ESPN Plus Local, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) on the call.

    Prior to its Christmas break, Indiana earned a convincing 86-57 win over IUPUI on Friday, Dec. 22 at Conseco Fieldhouse. Led by three Hoosiers who scored over 20 points, IU never trailed in the first meeting between the two in-state programs.

    Freshman guard Armon Bassett recorded a career-high 20 points, while junior forward Lance Stemler netted a career-high 21. Along with Stemler, senior guard Earl Calloway was the co-leading scorer with 21, 17 of which came in the first half.

    For the 10th time in 11 contests this season, the Hoosiers outrebounded their opponent, hauling in 43 boards to IUPUI's 23, marking the largest rebounding differential of the season (20). As a team, Indiana recorded a season-high 20 assists led by Bassett and junior forward D.J. White, who tallied five apiece. IU shot 52 percent from the floor, 44 percent from beyond the arc and 82 percent from the line.

    On The Air
    The Indiana University Radio Network will air every Hoosier game, as WHCC (105.1 FM) serves as the flagship station for a network that has more than 40 statewide affiliates. Don Fischer is in his 34th season as the play-by-play man, with former IU guard Todd Leary in his sixth season as color analyst and Joe Smith in his 24th season as the pregame, halftime and postgame host.

    Scouting Ball State
    Ball State enters Saturday's game 4-8 overall and 0-3 on the road. The Cardinals dropped their last outing, 67-60, at Tennessee State on Dec. 22. IU and BSU have two common opponents in Indiana State and Butler. Like the Hoosiers, the Cardinals beat Indiana State, 73-70, in overtime on Dec. 2, and lost at Butler, 65-41, on Dec. 6.

    Skip Mills leads Ball State in scoring at 13.0 points per game in 30.0 minutes per contest. The senior forward averages 4.6 boards. Sophomore forward Anthony Newell is the team's top rebounder at 7.3 per game to go along with a 10.4 scoring average.

    Ronny Thompson is in his first season at the helm of the BSU program. The 17th coach in Ball State history served as an assistant coach at Arkansas the previous three campaigns.

    Ball State Last Time Out
    Despite a season-high 26 points from Skip Mills, Ball State dropped a 67-60 decision at Tennessee State on Friday, Dec. 22.

    Mills scored the first seven points of the contest en route to a 15-4 lead. The host Tigers responded, however, and ended the first half with a 7-0 run to take a 31-24 lead at halftime.

    The second half saw TSU hold a 10-point lead through much of the half until Brandon Lampley sparked a BSU run with a 3-point field with under six minutes to play. A tip-in from Micah Rollin pulled the Cardinals within 56-55 with three minutes to play, but the Tigers responded from the free throw line to secure the win.

    The Indiana-Ball State Series
    Indiana takes on Ball State for the 20th time on Saturday evening. The Hoosiers lead the series 18-1, including a perfect 11-0 mark in Bloomington, and have won the last 15 contests between the two clubs. IU holds a 73-12 (.859) edge against Mid-American Conference foes and defeated its only other MAC opponent, Western Michigan, 77-69, on Dec. 20 at Assembly Hall.

    This marks the third straight season the teams have squared off, with Indiana winning a New Year's Eve battle last season, 80-56, in Muncie, and knocking off the Cardinals, 71-59, in Indianapolis on Dec. 28 the previous season.

    Below is a look at the last five meetings between Indiana and Ball State:

    Date Outcome Location
    Dec. 9, 2001 W, 65-60 Bloomington
    Dec. 8, 2001 W, 74-61 Bloomington
    Dec. 31, 2002 W, 76-62 Muncie
    Dec. 28, 2004 W, 71-59 Indianapolis
    Dec. 31, 2005 W, 80-56 Muncie

    Last Time vs. Ball State
    The No. 17/17 Indiana men's basketball team ended the year with an 80-56 victory over the Ball State Cardinals on New Year's Eve, 2005. For the second time in as many games, sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden scored 22 points on a school-record 6-of-6 from 3-point range, while sophomore forward D.J. White returned to the starting lineup for the first time since suffering a broken foot during the preseason. IU improved to 8-2 overall, while the Cardinals fell to 4-4.

    White finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in his first start of the season. Senior guard Marshall Strickland chipped in 18, all in the second half. Vaden was 8-of-11 from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc, breaking the previous school record (5-of-5) held by Kyle Hornsby (Michigan, Feb. 17, 2002) and Keith Smart (Ohio State, March 5, 1987). IU shot 55.3 percent from the field (27-of-46), including 12-of-20 from 3-point range.

    Earl The Pearl
    After coming off the bench with 25 active minutes at Kentucky, senior guard Earl Calloway has responded to Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's challenge of putting consecutive productive games together and has earned starts the last three outings. In the three games since the UK game, Calloway leads the club with 15.3 points per game, averaged 29.3 minutes, shot 52.2 percent from the floor, 84.0 percent from the foul line and added nine rebounds, eight assists, five steals and three blocks.

    The Atlanta native has carded back-to-back 20-point games the last two times out, the second and third times he has reached 20 in his career. Calloway scored 21 vs. IUPUI, including 17 in the first half, on the heels of a 20-point effort against Western Michigan. He has recorded 18 of his points from the charity strip (in 21 attempts, 85.7 percent) and is shooting 61.1 percent (11-for-18).

    Return To Form
    Regaining the shooting touch he displayed earlier in the season, junior forward Lance Stemler poured in a career-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting (3-of-6 beyond the arc) vs. IUPUI. The previous three games Stemler went 1-for-15 from the floor and 0-for-10 from 3-point range. Prior to those three contests, the Colombia. Ill., native sat second on the team with a 12.2 scoring average, hitting half his 3-point attempts (18-of-36) and 46.2 percent overall from the floor.

    Stemler also contributed to the Hoosiers' 20-rebound edge over IUPUI, pulling down a career-best nine boards and five on the offensive glass. He has recorded at least five rebounds in half of the 10 games he has appeared in this season.

    Hat Trick
    Senior guard Earl Calloway (21), junior forward Lance Stemler (21) and freshman guard Armon Bassett (20) each reached the 20-point mark in IU's win over IUPUI. The last time a trio of Hoosiers accomplished that feat came on March 12, 1998, when Indiana knocked off Oklahoma, 94-87, in overtime in an NCAA Tournament first-round meeting. Andrae Patterson (26), A.J. Guyton (23) and Luke Recker (21) each scored 20-plus.

    Big Shot Bassett
    Freshman guard Armon Bassett notched his third straight double-figure scoring effort against IUPUI, carding a career-high 20 points in 23 minutes. Bassett hit 7-of-10 attempts and 4-of-6 from downtown. He also dished out five of the team's season-best 20 assists.

    Bassett has found his niche coming off the bench the last three games. The Terre Haute, Ind., native is second on the team with 14.3 points and leads the club with nine assists in 25.3 minutes during the span while shooting 57.7 percent (15-of-26) and 54.5 percent from beyond the arc (6-of-11). Through the first eight games, Bassett averaged 5.5 points in 21.9 minutes on 31.4 percent shooting and 25.0 percent from 3-point range.




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