Preview: Duke (5-1) v Indiana (3-1)

Previewing the Blue Devils and Hoosiers who tip off in Cameron Indoor on Tuesday night at 9:00 in the annual ACC/Big 10 Challenge.

10 Duke (5-1) vs. Indiana (3-1)
Durham, N.C. - Cameron Indoor Stadium
9:00 p.m., ESPN

Program Vitals
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Nickname: Hoosiers
Colors: Red and White
Head Coach: Kelvin Sampson  (1st year)
Career Record at Indiana: 3-1 (458-258 Overall)

Projected Starters:
51 Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) ˆ 11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg
10 Roderick Wilmont (6-4, 203, Sr.) ˆ 14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 46% 3pt
 3 D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) ˆ 14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg
22 Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) ˆ 12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 50% 3pt
20 A.J. Ratliff (6-3, 188, Jr.) ˆ 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg

Key Reserves:
 1 Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) ˆ 3.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg
21 Ben Allen (6-11, 256, So.) ˆ 1.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
32 Joey Shaw (6-6, 193, Fr.) ˆ 6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg


How They Got Here: Duke enters Tuesday night's game with a 5-1 overall record. The Blue Devils' only loss came last week against then No. 17 Marquette in the finals of the CBE Classic. Duke rebounded with an impressive 75-47 victory over Davidson on Saturday. The Hoosiers enter the game with a 3-1 overall record. Indiana has beaten up on cupcakes Lafayette, Indiana State, and Chicago State, but lost to Butler 60-55 in the NIT Season Tip-Off on November 14th. In that game, the Hoosiers squandered a 12 point lead as the Bulldogs used a 19-2 run late in the second half to pull away for the 60-55 win.

Series History:
Last season's victory at Indiana evened the all-time series between the two programs at 3-3. Tuesday night's game marks the first time the Hoosiers will have ever played in Cameron Indoor Stadium, however.

ACC-Big 10 Challenge History: In the seven years of the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, the Hoosiers have played in five events and have earned a 2-3 overall record in those contests. The contest marks the fifth time in the last six years that IU has played either the ACC regular season or tournament champions, and the third time facing them on the road.

Duke is a perfect 7-0 in the event.

Learning A New System:
After firing Mike Davis, the Hoosiers brought in Oklahoma's Kelvin Sampson in hopes of restoring the once proud program among the nation's elite. As soon as he arrived on campus, Sampson was forced to convince the program's current players not to transfer, including the team's best talent - D.J. White. Luckily for the new coach, White agreed to stay in Bloomington and is finally healthy. The 6-9 bruiser will present a big match up problem for Duke in the paint with his combination of strength, quickness, and athleticism. The biggest change Sampson looked to instill in his team is a new found toughness - something last year's team lacked for much of the season. So far this season the Hoosiers have out-rebounded, out-shot, and out-husstled their wearker opponents, and will be looking to do the same to the favored Blue Devils.

Backcourt Questions:
The Hoosiers backcourt was a big question mark as the 2006-2007 season began. Senior Roderick Wilmont's shot selection was deemed questionable at best by most Big 10 analysts, while junior A.J. Ratliff seemed to be in a perpetual funk for most of the last year. Through the early part of the season Wilmont has been much more selective when pulling the trigger, shooting 47% from the field and 46% from the perimeter. Ratliff has yet to have a break out game so far, and is shooting just 27% from the perimeter. Junior College transfer Earl Calloway, looking to improve on last season's performance, has been steady at times, but turnover prone at others. (3.5 apg / 3.3 turnovers).

Protecting The Home Court:
Duke has won a staggering 44 straight non-conference home games, the second-longest streak in Duke history and third longest active streak in the country. Over the last 177 games against non-ACC foes in Cameron, the Blue Devils are 174-3 (.983)

Familiarity For Duke's Star:
In high school Duke's Josh McRoberts was Indiana High School Basketball's next big thing. The 6-foot-10 McRoberts was even the subject of early commitment rumors to the Hoosiers after Nike Camp in 2004. In his first return to Indiana since enrolling at Duke, McRoberts was heavily booed (much like UNC's Sean May the season before), though he helped his team to the 75-67 victory with six points, three rebounds, and two blocks in 18 minutes of action.

Getting Defensive:
Duke has now held four of its six opponents to less than 50 points. Duke‚s four games is the second most amount of games holding its opponent under 50 points under coach Mike Krzyzewski, as the 1982, ‚98 and 2005 teams all had five such games. Duke also has held its opponents under 20 points in a half three times this season, including a Duke opponent low 18 in the first half against Davidson.

The Blue Devils also extended their streak of out-rebounding their opponents against the Wildcats, out-boarding Davidson 41-34. For the season, Duke is out-rebounding its opponents by a 38.2-28.0 margin - a mark that will be severely tested by the Hoosiers who have out-rebounded their opponents by a 37.0 - 26.8 margin.

Perimeter Shooting At A Premium For Duke:
Gone are the days when the Blue Devils would fire up close to 25 three point attempts per game. This season the Blue Devils have concentrated on slashing to the hoop and scoring inside. The result has been a much more efficient offense. Through six games the Blue Devils are shooting 52% from the field as a team (19th in the nation) and 46% from the perimeter (11th in the nation). Duke has also improved at the foul line, shooting 71% as a team.

Coach K Moving Up The Ladder:
A victory over Indiana would be head coach Mike Krzyzewski's 759th of his coaching career and good enough to move into a tie for 10th all-time with Ed Diddle (Western Kentucky (1922-1964)) At Duke, Coach K has 685 victories, seventh most all-time (Don Haskins, UTEP, 719).


Duke 67
Indiana 62

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