Indiana vs. Michigan Gameday

HoosierNation.com previews the matchup pitting No. 16 Indiana (8-2) and Michigan (10-1), which tips off Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Michigan
No. 16 Indiana (8-2) squares off with Michigan (10-1) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Indiana owns an 87-48 edge in the all-time series, including eight straight victories overall. Michigan hasn't won in Bloomington, meanwhile, since posting a 65-52 victory in 1996.

IU is coached by Mike Davis, who is in his sixth year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 104-69 career mark. Indiana has been to the postseason in four of Davis' five seasons (three NCAA invitations). Michigan, meanwhile, is coached by Tommy Amaker, who owns a 75-60 record in four-plus seasons with the Wolverines (one postseason NIT invitation and championship) and a 143-115 career head coaching mark.

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

Indiana 2005-06 Schedule

Michigan 2005-06 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
#16 Indiana (8-2)
PG- Lewis Monroe (6-5, 192, Sr.) – 4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg
SG-Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 13.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 57.1% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) 14.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.1 apg, 52.1% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 243, So.) 10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 54.2% FG shooting
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 19.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 64.9% FG%

Michigan (10-1)
PG- Daniel Horton (6-3, 205, Sr.) – 14.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.9 apg, 1.8 spg
SG- Dion Harris (6-3, 205, Jr.) – 10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.8 apg
WG – Lester Abram (6-6, 200, Jr.) – 12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 48% 3 pt. shooting
PF- Graham Brown (6-9, 245, Sr.) 4.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 23.2 mpg
C – Courtney Sims (6-11, 245, Jr.) – 16.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg, 68.3% 3 pt. shooting

Indiana 2005-06 Statistics

Michigan 2005-06 Statistics

INJURY UPDATE
Indiana – James Hardy remains absent from the team. IU Coach Mike Davis said the 6-7, 215-pound forward remains out with a myriad of injuries dating back to the football season. Lewis Monroe, meanwhile, sat out the final 25 minutes of the Ball State game with an apparent knee injury, but was back on the practice floor Monday and is expected to start tonight.

Michigan – A trio of Wolverines have been battling injuries, but are all expected to play. Dion Harris (hamstring), Graham Brown (knee) and Jerret Smith are all expected to be available. Coach Tommy Amaker is also expecting to have Brent Pettway available as well. Pettway was academically ineligible during the first semester, but was expected to be reinstated Tuesday morning.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Who Draws Courtney Sims? – Mike Davis will need to decide whether D.J. White or Marco Killingsworth is a better defensive choice against Michigan's leading scorer Courtney Sims. Killingsworth can physically keep Sims from getting position down low, while White is a better match-up athletically. The best bet is that Davis will go with White. Sims shoots nearly 70 percent from the floor, and White's ability to alter shots and consistently get a hand in Sims' face will likely present more problems for the 6'11" Wolverine center. White is still expected to be limited in the number of minutes he can play, so Killingsworth will get his opportunities as well, but White is likely Davis' best bet.

Can Graham Brown defend Marco Killingsworth one-on-one? - A year ago, Indiana went into Ann Arbor and handed the Wolverines a 70-63 setback thanks to 14 3-pointers and 61 percent shooting from behind the arc. Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker doesn't want to witness that again, so don't be surprised if Michigan tries to rely on 6-9, 245-pound Graham Brown to contain Killingsworth all by his lonesome. Killingsworth has been much better at kicking the ball back out to open shooters when the double team comes, and Indiana has been knocking down 3-pointers at an NCAA-best 49 percent clip. With that in mind, Amaker will probably see what sort of luck Brown has with Killingsworth and Sims has with White before bringing guards to double down. Killingsworth needs to be aware of Brown's ability to draw charging calls – he's picked up 14 this season alone.

Can Who Wins the Bench Battle? - Indiana has one of the nation's deepest benches, with 10 players averaging at least four points per game. While Michigan doesn't have the quantity IU does, it does have some quality, particularly on the frontline. Chris Hunter (6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg) and Brent Pettway (5.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg during UM career) are a pair of long, athletic forwards who are very good in the open floor and can block shots. Ron Coleman (4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg) was a starter a year ago due to the wave of Wolverine injuries and averaged 28 minutes/game. His time has been cut in half and he's struggling from the field (34 FG%, 29 3 pt. %), but he's a versatile player who can play on the wing. Indiana, meanwhile, counters with the likes of Rod Wilmont (7.0 ppg, 38% 3 pt. shooting), Earl Calloway (4.1 ppg, 2.4 apg), Errek Suhr (4.9 ppg, 55% 3 pt. shooting) and Ben Allen (5.8 ppg, 61% 3 pt. shooting). Allen could get more of an opportunity to play when Graham Brown is on the floor. Pettway, Hunter and Sims could present some problems defensively for the developing Allen, but Brown doesn't possess the athleticism or the offensive skills that the other three do. Suhr, meanwhile, had his best game of the 2004-05 season against the Wolverines, scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

Who Wins the Battle of the Boards? - It's Michigan State that's long been known for its ability to rebound the basketball, but Michigan has been very good on the boards as well this season. The Wolverines are out-rebounding their foes by more than eight per game, ranking them second to Illinois (+9.7) in the conference. The return of Brent Pettway, meanwhile, makes the Wolverines even better on the boards, as Pettway is undoubtedly one of the most athletic and active big men in the conference. Indiana has been much better at rebounding the basketball this season as well, ranking fourth in the league with a +6.5. If Indiana can hold its own on the glass, it should be in good shape to defend its homecourt. But if Michigan gets lots of second chance opportunities, this game will be much closer than the Hoosiers would like.

QUOTABLES
"I've been watching film on them, they are a really good basketball team - definitely the best team other than Duke that's we've played up to this point." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

"This league, this year, it might be the first time that eight or nine teams can win anywhere." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

"We hope (playing road games in the nonconference is) going to help us. Big Ten road games are somewhat different than other road games. In conference play, certainly playing in Bloomington, one of the more storied places to play, the tradition and history there, and obviously we haven't fared well there in the past. We're hopeful that having some success on the road in the early part for our team will give us some added confidence going into Bloomington tomorrow night." – Michigan Coach Tommy Amaker.

DID YOU KNOW…
Indiana has four of the Big Ten's top eight 3-point shooters with Ben Allen (1st-68.8%), Marshall Strickland (3rd-57.1%), Errek Suhr (6th-54.5%) and Robert Vaden (8th-52.1%)…Indiana and Michigan are the top two shooting teams in the league, with Indiana ranking first (54.1%) and Michigan second (51.2%). Those percentages rank first and 11th, respectively…Daniel Horton leads the Big Ten in assists (5.9), and he's recorded 10 assists in each of his last two games (vs. Coppin State and vs. Chicago State)…Michigan's 10-1 mark represents its best start since the 1992-93 season when the Fab Five-led Wolverines also started 10-1…Michigan is 11-58 all-time in Bloomington…Indiana's eight-game winning streak against the Wolverines is its longest current win streak against a Big Ten foe…Indiana and Michigan have one common foe – Butler. Michigan used a late rally to beat the Bulldogs 78-74 in Ann Arbor Nov. 26, while Indiana knocked off Butler 73-55 on a neutral floor Dec. 23…Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in scoring margin (+18.2) while Michigan ranks fourth (+13.4). Overall, the Big Ten has seven teams that have average winning margins of at least 10 points per game, and Purdue is the only team in the league that doesn't have a positive scoring margin (-2.9).

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