Indiana vs. Duke Gameday previews the match-up between No. 16 Indiana (3-0) and No. 1 Duke (5-0) Wednesday night at IU's Assembly Hall.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Duke
No. 16 Indiana (3-0) hosts top-ranked Duke (5-0) at 9 p.m. at Assembly Hall as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana leads the all-time series 3-2, and this marks the first time the teams have met on one of their home courts. Three of the series meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament, with the most recent contest coming during in the 2002 NCAA Tournament. In that Sweet 16 contest in Lexington, Ky., Indiana overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to knock off the top-ranked Blue Devils, 74-73, and eventually advanced to the NCAA Championship game.

Indiana is coached by Mike Davis, who is looking for his 100th career coaching victory Wednesday night. Now in his sixth season, Davis has compiled a 99-67 career mark. Duke, meanwhile, is coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who has compiled a 726-246 record in 30-plus seasons of coaching, including a 653-187 mark in 25-plus seasons at Duke.

The game will be televised by ESPN, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color commentary) and Doris Burke (sideline reporter) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2004-05 Schedule

Duke 2004-05 Schedule

Probable Starters

#16 Indiana (3-0)


#1 Duke (5-0)

Lewis Monroe (6-5, 192, Sr.)

7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 5.0 apg

Point Guard

Greg Paulus (6-1, 185, Fr.)

5.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.8 apg

Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.)

19.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.7 apg

Shooting Guard

Sean Dockery (6-2, 185, Sr.)

5.8  ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.6  apg

Rod Wilmont (6-4, 200, Jr.)

16.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 43% 3 pt. shooting

Wing Guard/Small Forward


J.J. Redick (6-4, 190, Sr.)

22.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 48.1% 3 pt. %

Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.)

14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.0 apg

Power Forward

Josh McRoberts (6-10, 230, Fr.)

7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg

Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.)

20.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.3 apg


Shelden Williams (6-9, 250, Sr.)

18.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg



Indiana – Indiana will be without its leading returning scorer from a year ago, D.J. White (13.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg in '04), who is out with a broken foot. He is expected to be out until late December. Senior Sean Kline (sore knee), meanwhile, is considered probable for the match-up. Wednesday's game will also mark the return of sophomore guard A.J. Ratliff (5.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg in ‘04), who missed the first three regular season games and both exhibition contests after having surgery Oct. 25 for a broken thumb.

Duke - The Blue Devils will be without the services of 6-3 guard DeMarcus Nelson (6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg), who had successful surgery on Monday on his right ankle. Nelson fractured the medial malleolus of his right tibia against Drexel Nov. 23, and is expected to be sidelined for 6-8 weeks.

Josh McRoberts vs. Robert Vaden – If Sean Kline doesn't start, the 6-5 Vaden will be matched up with the 6-10 McRoberts. Offensively that should work well for the Hoosiers, as McRoberts doesn't have the quickness to match up with Vaden on the perimeter, nor the speed to keep up with the Hoosiers' third-leading scorer in transition. Duke, though, will have the same sort of edge offensively, as McRoberts will have a big size advantage when he posts up. The game's tempo will play a big role in who will benefit the most from this head-to-head battle.

A native of Carmel, Ind., McRoberts will also be playing in front of a hostile Indiana crowd that hasn't been tremendously kind to in-state players who have opted to play their basketball elsewhere. Certainly his greeting won't be on par with those received by Luke Recker and Sean May in recent years, but the Duke freshman won't be welcomed by the IU fan base.

J.J. Redick in transition- Indiana will be well versed in what it needs to do to combat Redick's perimeter shooting in the halfcourt, whether it's fighting through screens or switching off of them to keep him from getting the split second that he needs to get off his shot. But the Hoosiers will need to be just as disciplined when Duke is in transition. Instead of everyone collapsing into the paint to try to take away the drive of Greg Paulus of Sean Dockery, someone needs to be aware of Redick, who likes to spot up in the corner or trail and then look for the kick out for wide-open opportunities.

Will A Big Man Land in Foul Trouble? - Indiana can't afford to lose Marco Killingsworth to foul trouble in this contest, and Duke would face similar problems if Shelden Williams gets saddled with fouls in the early going. If one of these two players find themselves on the bench early, that will spell trouble for their respective squads.

One of the reasons the Hoosiers have had so much success with its perimeter attack is the presence of the 6-8, 270-pound Killingsworth on the interior. Teams have been unable to contain him one-on-one, and when they opt to double team he's been able to kick the ball back out to the likes of Marshall Strickland, Rod Wilmont and Errek Suhr for open looks. Even when Killingsworth's pass hasn't led directly to a basket, it's forced teams to chase and recover, and Indiana's improved ball movement has eventually led to good looks beyond the arc.

Duke has a little more latitude with the presence of McRoberts as well, but defending Killingsworth would be a tall order for the 6-10, 230-pound freshman. Williams is also one of the nation's premiere rebounders and shot blockers, so his absence would be a lot for Krzyzewski's troops to overcome.

How much will A.J. Ratliff play, and how will he fit in?- Wednesday's game marks the return of sophomore A.J. Ratliff, a player that many expected to be a starter from the season's outset. Ratliff's broken thumb is healed, and he's expected to be a big contributor from here on out.

His return is a welcome one, but how much will he play in his first game back, and where will the minutes come from? Indiana has five backcourt players averaging at least 19 minutes per game in Marshall Strickland (33.7), Lewis Monroe (28.3), Rod Wilmont (22.5), Errek Suhr (22.7) and Earl Calloway (19.5). All figure to continue to play significant minutes based on their play as of late, so Ratliff's return could mean a drop in playing time for all five.

Of course, Indiana will go through this "dilemma" again at the end of December when D.J. White returns to the lineup and Robert Vaden moves back to the wing.

"You have to be really smart with (J.J. Redick). You can't fall into his game. He can't get into your head. He does a great job of that, and it's part of why he's a great player. We have to stay detached mentally to what he's trying to do, but we have stay attached to him physically to make sure we're there with him." – IU Assistant Head Coach Donnie Marsh

"(on playing against Alabama in 2003 when the Tide had been ranked No. 1 during the season)That's the only time I've ever played the No. 1 team. It's something you really get up for, although down there it was Auburn-Alabama, so it didn't really matter that they were No. 1. Other than that this is the second time I've plsyed the No. 1 team, but my coach has always said we don't want to play the team, we are going to play the opponent. We are going to play our game no matter who it is, we are going to play the way we play." – Lewis Monroe

"This is the biggest game, one you want to play in. But at the same time you don't want to rush it and get hurt and be out the rest of the season. When I got hurt, all I was thinking about was how soon I could get back in, whether it was Duke or whoever." – A.J. Ratliff

DID YOU KNOW In three of the five matchups between Indiana and Duke, the winner of the game has gone on to play for the national title that same year. Indiana knocked off Duke in the 1987 NCAA Tournament on its way to the national crown, while Duke returned the favor in the 1992 Final Four in Minneapolis. Finally, Indiana prevailed in 2002 in the Sweet 16 to propel the team to the Final Four in Atlanta…the ACC has won the previous six Big Ten/ACC Challenges, and owns a 34-19 overall record in the event…Duke is the lone undefeated team in Big Ten/ACC Challenge history, going 6-0 overall, including 4-0 at neutral sites, 1-0 at Cameron Indoor, and 1-0 on the road. Indiana is 2-2 in the series, having knocked off North Carolina (2001) and Maryland (2002) before losing to Wake Forest (2003) and North Carolina (2004)…Indiana has knocked down 16 3-pointers in each of its past two games and is shooting 58 percent on the year from behind the 3-point arc. Duke, meanwhile, has yielded only 16 3-pointers in its five games and is holding its foes to 21.9 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc…J.J. Redick has scored in double figures in 91 out of 108 career games, including 42 out of his last 44…Redick needs only eight points against Indiana to pass Grant Hill for 12th on Duke's all-time scoring chart…Duke is 143-103 against ranked teams during Mike Krzyzewski's tenure. Indiana, meanwhile, is 19-26 against ranked teams during Mike Davis' five years in Bloomington…Duke has finished the year ranked in the AP's top 10 in every season dating back to 1990…Indiana is 5-14 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams…Indiana has 85 assists and 42 3-pointers through the first three games. A season ago, Indiana didn't get its 85th assist until the Charlotte game (Game #9) and didn't hit its 42nd 3-pointer until the Kentucky contest (Game #6). Top Stories