Indiana vs. Indiana State Gameday

HoosierNation.com previews the matchup pitting Indiana (4-1) and Indiana State (3-0), which tips off Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at the Hullman Center in Terre Haute.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Indiana State
No. 16/18 Indiana (4-1) travels to Terre Haute, Ind., to face Indiana State (3-0) at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night at the Hullman Center. Indiana owns a 17-4 record over its in-state and Missouri Valley Conference foe in the all-time series, having handled Indiana State a year ago in the season-opener, 56-52. Indiana State's most recent win in the series came in 2000, when the Sycamores posted a 59-58 win over IU in Mike Davis' first season as head coach.

Davis is in his sixth year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 100-68 career mark. Indiana State, meanwhile, is coached by former IU assistant coach Royce Waltman. An IU assistant coach from 1982-87, Waltman owns a 111-130 record in eight-plus seasons at Indiana State and is 2-2 all-time against Indiana.

The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2005-06 Schedule

Indiana State 2005-06 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
#16/18 Indiana (4-1)
PG- Lewis Monroe (6-5, 192, Sr.) – 4.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg
SG-Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) - 16.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, 62.5 3 pt. %
SF - Rod Wilmont (6-4, 200, Jr.) - 11.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 spg
PF - Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) – 13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.4 apg
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 21.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 67.7 FG %

Indiana State (3-0)
PG- Gabriel Moore (6-1, 181, So.) – 7.0 ppg, 4.3 apg, 2.7 spg
SG- Tyson Schnitker (6-2, 172, Jr.) – 9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
SF- David Moss (6-5, 195, Sr.) – 24.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.7 apg, 59.1 FG%
PF- Trent Wurtz (6-8, 220, Jr.) – 9.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg
C – Jay Tunnell (6-8, 240, Fr.) – 12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Indiana 2005-06 Statistics

Indiana State 2005-06 Statistics

INJURY UPDATE
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 for another 2-3 weeks. James Hardy, meanwhile, has joined the team as well since the conclusion of the football season, but hasn't been cleared to begin practice due to some nagging football injuries. Davis targeted a return for this weekend's Kentucky game, although that remains up in the air. Sean Kline is doubtful for the Indiana State game with a sore knee that's kept him out of practice in recent days.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Who Guards David Moss? – Moss is a high-scoring wing who is averaging 24.0 points in the first three games of the season. The numbers for this Chicago, Ill., product are no fluke, as he averaged 14.9 points and earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors last season. Who Mike Davis uses on Moss will give IU fans an idea who the Hoosier coach believes is his best perimeter defender. Robert Vaden and Lewis Monroe are both possibilities to draw this assignment from the opening tip. While Monroe handles the point guard responsibilities, he's the same size as the Sycamores' wing and very good defender. Davis could opt to go with Vaden or even Rod Wilmont, though, in an effort to let Wilmont concentrate on getting untracked offensively. While Indiana isn't counting on big points from Monroe, Davis would like to see the senior be more aggressive than he's been in the last two games. In last week's games, Monroe was limited to just one point and was 0-of-4 shooting.

Can Jay Tunnell Stay Out of Foul Trouble? Indiana State freshman center Jay Tunnell will get a tough assignment when he's matched up opposite 6-8, 268-pound Marco Killingsworth. As a Bob Knight protégée, you can expect the Sycamores to play man-to-man defense against the Hoosiers, and Tunnell will have his hands full. Indiana will likely try to establish Killingsworth early, forcing the Sycamores to either double team him and free up the Hoosiers' guards on the perimeter or allow Tunnell to try to handle Killingsworth one-on-one. Tunnell hasn't fouled out of any games, but he's picked up 10 fouls in three contests, so he's susceptible to getting into foul trouble. As the only Sycamore other than David Moss averaging double figures, Waltman needs Tunnell on the floor on the offensive end if he has visions of keeping this contest close. A couple of quick fouls could result in a quick exit for Tunnell, a big night for Killingsworth, and an easy win for the Hoosiers.

How will A.J. Ratliff and Earl Calloway Bounce Back? - IU Coach Mike Davis benched A.J. Ratliff and Earl Calloway for the second half of Saturday's 79-63 win over Eastern Michigan, displeased with the energy level the duo played with in limited first-half duties. After the game, Davis said both will be important to the success of this year's team, but both would have to earn their minutes with improved play on the practice floor. Ratliff continues to try to find his rhythm after missing 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb, while Calloway had been a consistent performer until the Eastern Michigan game. With the Kentucky game looming and a slew of quality Wildcat guards to contend with Saturday, it's important that both Ratliff and Calloway get back to being important pieces to the Hoosiers' puzzle. While the Hoosiers can likely overcome limited contributions from the two in Terre Haute, the same can't be said about Saturday's match-up against Kentucky.

Who will control the tempo? - While Indiana State has eclipsed the 80-point barrier twice in its first three games this season, Waltman knows that he can't afford to get into an up-and-down game with the Hoosiers. Not only does Indiana have superior athletes, IU Coach Mike Davis has a much deeper bench as well. A game in the 60s is what Waltman is hoping for. Indiana, meanwhile, will try to get back to pushing the pace at every opportunity. The Hoosiers will try to attack after turnovers, misses, makes…as soon as a Hoosier gets his hands on the ball, Davis wants his team trying to get points in transition. So who will be able to dictate the tempo? The determining factor will likely be Indiana's defensive effort. If Indiana can trap and force the Sycamores into turnovers, then the Hoosiers will be able to control this battle. If the defensive intensity and effort isn't there, though, the fastbreak opportunities will be minimized.

QUOTABLES
"They're not the same as last year, they're better than last year. We think we're better than this year than last year. So it's just a matter of who plays well. They're excited about the game, but so are we." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

"(A.J. Ratliff's) conditioning has got to get better and his rhythm is off defensively. He's shooting the basketball fairly well, but that's not the game of basketball. That's not what we need right now. We need him to defend and play the role defensively and do all the things the other guys are doing. He's capable of doing them and doing them well. I think he's an outstanding player, but being out that long and missing that many practices, he's definitely behind. It won't take him long to catchup." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

DID YOU KNOW…
After going 0-for-3 from the floor in the season opener against Nicholls State, freshman Ben Allen is 12-of-16 (75 percent) in Indiana's last four games…After spending his first two seasons as a walk-on, junior Errek Suhr was put on scholarship this season by IU Coach Mike Davis. Indiana had 12 scholarship players on the roster, and missed out on adding a 13th when Brandon Rush opted to go to Kansas right before the start of first semester…Indiana is shooting 50.5 percent from behind the 3-point arc this season, which leads the Big Ten. A season ago, the Hoosiers converted only 33.7 percent of its 3-point attempts, which ranked seventh in the conference…After recording seven assists in each of IU's first two games, Lewis Monroe has only six assists combined in the last three contests…Robert Vaden has tallied at least five assists in each of IU's games this season and is averaging 7.3 assists/game in the last three contests…Royce Waltman has spent the last 23 years coaching college basketball in the state of Indiana. After spending five years as an assistant coach to Bob Knight at IU from 1983-87, Waltman spent five years as the head coach at DePauw, where he compiled a 100-37 record. From there Waltman spent five years at Indianapolis (89-49) before taking over the Sycamore program in 1998…Indiana State is a very respectable 71-38 at the Hullman Center during Waltman's tenure, but they've been miserable on the road. Indiana State is just 28-74 on the road since Waltman took over, and didn't win a single road game during the 2004-05 campaign.

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