Duke Game No Big Deal To IU's Big Man

Despite the matchup with No. 1 Duke, fifth-year senior Marco Killingsworth is trying to downplay the significance of Wednesday night's Big Ten/ACC Challenge encounter.

When the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils (5-0) come to Bloomington to face the No. 16 Indiana Hoosiers (3-0), do not expect too much excitement from senior forward Marco Killingsworth.

Instead of overanalyzing the situation, the Hoosiers' 6-8, 270-pound man in the middle is taking the matchup in stride.

"We're looking at this game just like we're looking at the one after it with Eastern Michigan," said Killingsworth. "I'm taking it like we're playing anybody else. Whether it's Nicholls State or Saint Joseph's. I've been playing ball my whole life and I think if you concentrate on the name and not the game, you're going to try to do too much and make too many mistakes. If you take it as if it's another game, there's not going to be as much pressure on you."

While the Blue Devils are much more talented than the Division II Saint Joseph's and Division I Nicholls State, Killingsworth is using practice the same as he intends to all season.

"People should know me by now," said Killingsworth. "I'm out here to have fun, joke with the guys, smile. I'm not preparing any different for this game. That's not me. I'm going to take this like I would take any other game. The coaches will give us the scouting report and let us know what we need to be ready for, but that's the same as any other week."

Facing the number one team in the nation hasn't fazed the fifth-year senior Killingsworth. He played in his share of big games while in playing in the SEC for Auburn. Facing the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Kentucky has put Killingsworth in the middle of many big games.

"I think the biggest games I ever played in were the Auburn-Alabama games," said Killingsworth. "Those games were about respect. Me being an Alabama boy going against an Alabama school, you don't want to lose.

"I played Alabama (the season) they were ranked number one, but when we played them it was a rivalry game and you throw the numbers out. We were just playing for respect."

This contest will be Killingsworth's first and only game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. He's hoping to apart of not only an Indiana win, but a Big Ten victory as well. Overall the Big Ten is 0-6 in the series against the ACC, losing seven games last season, the most by either conference since the challenge began. This season will feature a total of 11 games since the expansion of the ACC, meaning every Big Ten team will play an ACC foe.

Entering tonight's contests, this year's event is tied 3-3, with Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State posting wins for the league in the opening two nights.

"I like to say I played in it last year a little bit by practicing with the guys," said Killingsworth. "It's going to be a fun thing to play in. I would like to be a part of the win for the conference because I think the Big Ten is one of the strongest conferences in college basketball. People say the ACC is stronger than the Big Ten, but I don't think that."

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