Indiana vs. Purdue Gameday

HoosierNation.com previews the match-up pitting No. 13/11 Indiana (11-3/3-1) and Purdue (7-9/1-4), which tips off Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Assembly Hall in Bloomington.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Purdue
No. 13/11 (AP/Coaches) Indiana (11-3/3-1) hosts Purdue (7-9/1-4) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Assembly Hall in Bloomington. Indiana has won 8 of the last 11 meetings between the two schools, including five in a row in Bloomington. Purdue hasn't won at Assembly Hall since 1999. A year ago Indiana won a 75-73, double overtime game in West Lafayette and then cruised to a 79-62 win in Bloomington.

Despite IU's recent run of success in the series, Purdue still owns a 106-80 edge in the all-time series, making it the only team in the Big Ten with an edge over IU. Indiana dug itself a huge hole early on in its encounters with Purdue, winning only five of the first 38 meetings from 1901-22.

IU is coached by Mike Davis, who is in his sixth year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 107-70 career mark, including a 7-2 record against Purdue. Indiana has been to the postseason in four of Davis' five seasons (three NCAA invitations). Purdue, meanwhile, is coached by Matt Painter, who is in his first year as Purdue's head coach. Prior to arriving in West Lafayette, Painter spent one season as the head coach at Southern Illinois, where he compiled a 25-5 mark. He joined the Purdue staff at the start of the 2004-05 campaign as the assistant head coach, with the agreement that he'd take over after Gene Keady retired at season's end.

The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus Regional, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2005-06 Schedule

Purdue 2005-06 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
#13/11 Indiana (11-3/3-1)
PG- Lewis Monroe (6-5, 192, Sr.) – 4.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.6 apg
SG-Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 12.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 51.9% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) 14.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg, 49.3% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Ben Allen (6-10, 245, Fr.) 4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 72.2% 3 pt. shooting
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 20.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 61.9% FG shooting

Purdue (7-9/1-4)
PG- Bryant Dillon (6-6, 180, Sr.) – 5.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 47.1% FG shooting
SG- Chris Hartley (6-4, 190, Jr.) – 1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 25% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Marcus Green (6-4, 204, Fr.) – 5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 21.6% 3 pt. shooting
PF- Gary Ware (6-9, 245, Sr.) – 4.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 51.1% FG shooting
C – Matt Kiefer (6-10, 233, Sr.) – 12.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 48% FG shooting

Indiana 2005-06 Statistics

Purdue 2005-06 Statistics

INJURY UPDATE
Indiana – D.J. White is out indefinitely with a broken left foot, which he suffered against Ohio State. He is expected to miss at least 4-6 weeks, and Mike Davis said on the Big Ten weekly teleconference Jan. 16 that White very well may be done for the season. Marco Killingsworth (back spasms/leg) and Rod Wilmont (ankle) were hobbled before and during the Illinois game, respectively, and both didn't practice on Thursday. Both are expected to be ready to go Saturday. James Hardy also 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.
Purdue-The Boilermakers have been overwhelmed with injuries this season. Last year's leading scorer and rebounder, Carl Landry, decided to sit out the sit to completely recover from a lingering knee injury. In addition, senior David Teague (torn knee ligament) was lost before the season started and will also redshirt. Forward Nate Minnoy, meanwhile, suffered a season-ending knee injury against Northwestern in Purdue's Big Ten opener and is also gone for the year.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
How many turnovers can Indiana generate? – One of Purdue's biggest issues – other than the slew of injuries – is simply keeping its hands on the basketball. The Boilermakers are averaging 20 turnovers/game and rank last in the Big Ten by a wide margin with a -4.56 turnover margin. Purdue was certainly hurt by the loss of projected starting point guard Terrance Crump to a season-long suspension in the off-season, and it hasn't been able to find a suitable replacement. Guards Chris Lutz and Korey Spates have twice as many turnovers as assists, and starting point guard Bryant Dillon has only three more assists (43) than turnovers (40). The player with the best turnover-to-assist ratio is starting center Matt Kiefer, who has 33 assists and 27 turnovers. Indiana has been switching up its defensive looks recently, mixing in the occasional zone with man-to-man, while also occasionally employing some halfcourt traps as well. Indiana might be able to generate a wave of fastbreak opportunities if he couples that strategy with the level of intensity it played with against Illinois.

Who draws the Kiefer assignment? - Purdue's best offensive player has been 6-10, 233-pound senior Matt Kiefer, who has finally enjoyed some consistency on the offensive end. He's averaging 12.0 points and has scored in double figures in nine straight games. In Big Ten games, Kiefer is averaging 16.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 blocks. If Davis opts to go with Marco Killingsworth or Ben Allen on Kiefer, Purdue will likely look to get Kiefer some looks from behind the 3-point arc, where he's a 38 percent shooter. If Indiana instead goes with Robert Vaden on Kiefer, look for Purdue to try to post Kiefer up and take advantage of his five-inch height advantage. The IU staff worked with Allen at length on Thursday, trying to make sure the Hoosier freshman doesn't go for Kiefer's shot fake on the perimeter and thus open up driving or foul possibilities. A year ago Indiana generally used Vaden on Kiefer because of Kiefer's preference to try to score facing the basket, but he's been more aggressive this year in the paint. He wound up averaging only 4.5 points and 20 minutes in the two games last season while fouling out once.

What sort of intensity will Indiana start the game with? - After three nail-biting homecourt wins to start the Big Ten season, Indiana has a chance to put away a team early and take a bit of the drama out of this contest. To do that, though, they'll have to start the game playing with the sort of intensity that is worthy of an Indiana-Purdue encounter. The last thing Indiana needs is to come out and go through the motions on the defensive end and give the struggling Boilermaker guards some good looks from behind the 3-point arc and thus allow them to build some confidence. Indiana's players and coaches have been saying the right things all week, talking about throwing the records out the window when Indiana and Purdue battle. Fans will be able to see early on if that message was received by the players.

QUOTABLES
"It's huge. It's the in-state rivalry. It's the North Carolina-Duke of Indiana." – A.J. Ratliff.

"I've played in big rivalry games before. You have to throw the records out. In those games, people play for respect. We have guys on our team from Indiana and it's a big game for them because a win brings respect." – Marco Killingsworth.

"In high school, I came to both the IU-Purdue games that were here (at Assembly Hall). I remember Rod (Wilmont) hitting those two big shots at the end. That's what really set it off for me wanting to come here. It's incredible how the fans get up for the game. It's a great atmosphere." – A.J. Ratliff.

"Even after losing four starters (to injuries), they're still competing hard. That's all you can ask out of your team – to compete and play hard." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

"We went from being a very deep basketball team to only having enough to practice with today." – IU Coach Mike Davis on Thursday, when D.J. White, Cem Dinc, Marco Killingsworth and Rod Wilmont were sidelined with injuries, and Sean Kline had to leave practice early for class.

DID YOU KNOW…
Purdue has lost 18 straight road games dating back to a 65-47 win at Minnesota Feb. 21, 2004. Purdue lost its final road game of the 2003-04 season, then dropped all 10 road contests a year ago and is 0-7 on the road this season… Purdue has lost this season's seven road contests by an average of 17 points per game. The Boilermakers' road futility has included a trio of 20-point plus losses (Florida State by 40, Memphis by 20, Penn State by 20)… as dismal as the Boilermakers' season has already been, they've already equaled their win total from a year ago…One player to keep an eye on is A.J. Ratliff. Indiana's sophomore guard had a couple of his best games a year ago against the Boilermakers. In West Lafayette he contributed seven points, six rebounds and four blocks in 40 minutes of action, and in Bloomington he scored 15 points on 6-of-7 shooting in 20 minutes…Purdue is 35-56 all-time in Bloomington…Purdue is 0-10 against its last 10 ranked opponents…Marshall Strickland has climbed to 48th on IU's all-time scoring list with 905 points. He'll likely pass John Laskowski (908) against Purdue, and also has a chance to pass Ken Johnson (919) and Neil Reed (920) in the game as well…Indiana continues to lead the nation in both field goal percentage (53.1 percent) and 3-point percentage (47.4 percent)…Indiana has knocked down at least five 3-pointers in 13 out of a possible 28 halves of basketball this season. Indiana ranks eighth nationally with 9.07 3-pointers/game….Indiana has overcome double-digit deficits in each of its last two wins (17 vs. Ohio State, 11 vs. Illinois). The Hoosiers have trailed at some point in 10 of its 11 wins this season, with the 79-63 win over Eastern Michigan being the lone exception…handling the color commentary for Saturday's game will be Mike Kelley, the former Wisconsin Badger guard who led the team to the Final Four and holds the school's all-time record for steals.

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