Hoosiers Welcome Cardinals to Assembly Hall
Dec. 29, 2006
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
Scouting Ball State
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
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
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
Last Time vs. Ball State
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
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
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.
Big Shot Bassett
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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