Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

HoosierNation.com previews the match-up pitting No. 13/11 Indiana (12-3/4-1) and Iowa (14-5/3-2), which tips off Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa.

Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Iowa
No. 13/11 (AP/Coaches) Indiana (12-3/4-1) travels to Iowa City to face Iowa (14-5/3-2) at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Carver Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. Indiana has won four of the last seven encounters with the Hawkeyes, including two of the last three in Iowa City. Overall, Indiana owns a 90-65 edge in the all-time series.

IU is coached by Mike Davis, who is in his sixth year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 108-70 career mark, including a 4-5 record against Iowa. Indiana has been to the postseason in four of Davis' five seasons (three NCAA invitations). Iowa, meanwhile, is coached by former IU All-American Steve Alford, who is in his seventh year as Iowa's head coach and 15th season overall. He's compiled a 124-88 record in Iowa City and a 280-165 mark overall, which includes stints at Manchester (78-48 – 1996-99) and Southwest Missouri State (78-29 – 1992-95). He's been to the NCAA Tournament three times (1999, 2001, 2005) and to the NIT three times (2002, 2003, 2004).

The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger (play-by-play) , Steve Lavin (color commentary) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2005-06 Schedule

Iowa 2005-06 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
#13/11 Indiana (12-3/4-1)
PG- Lewis Monroe (6-5, 192, Sr.) – 4.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.4 apg
SG-Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 50.8% 3 pt. shooting, 92.3% FT shooting
WG – A.J. Ratliff (6-2, 183, So.) 3.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.5 apg, 32.4% FG shooting
WF – Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) 14.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.6 apg, 51.3% FG shooting
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 20.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 62.3% FG shooting

Iowa (14-5/3-2)
PG- Jeff Horner (6-3, 185, Sr.) – 12.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 6.5 apg, 33.5% FG shooting
SG- Mike Henderson (6-2, 190, Jr.) – 7.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 41.8% FG shooting
SF – Adam Haluska (6-5, 210, Jr.) – 14.9 ppg ,4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 35.1% 3 pt. shooting
PF- Greg Brunner (6-7, 245, Sr.) – 13.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 43.5% FG shooting
C – Erek Hansen (6-11, 210, Sr.) – 6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.1 bpg, 55.8% FG shooting

Indiana 2005-06 Statistics

Iowa 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. 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.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Greg Brunner vs. Marco Killingsworth– This is a contest that features the Big Ten's best offensive frontcourt player in Killingsworth and the league's best rebounder in Greg Brunner, and it's hard to imagine they won't be matched up against each other. Killingsworth is too physical for 6-11, 220-pound Iowa center Erek Hansen, and Brunner would also be an extremely difficult matchup for Robert Vaden, who will likely be back in the starting lineup at the power forward position. Whoever wins this match-up will go a long ways toward leading his team to a victory. Both had a pair of double-doubles a week ago, with Brunner totaling a Big Ten season-high 23 rebounds in a triple overtime win against Minnesota and Killingsworth earning his third Big Ten Player of the Week award this season after leading IU to wins over Illinois and Purdue. Watch for Killingsworth to be aggressive early to try to get IU off to a quick start, and watch for the emotional Brunner to try to get into Killingsworth's head and get some early fouls of the Indiana big man.

Who winds up in foul trouble? - Iowa has something that Indiana lacks – a shot blocking center. Erek Hansen leads the Big Ten with 3.1 blocks/game despite averaging just under 20 minutes per contest. Whether he's matched up at times with Killingsworth or not, he'll still present plenty of problems when he rotates over to help either Greg Brunner or Doug Thomas with Indiana's leading scorer. That might be the plan, but the question remains whether or not he can stay on the floor. He's been extremely foul prone his entire career. He's had his playing time limited due to foul trouble in three of Iowa's five Big Ten games, including an eight-minute, three-foul effort at Michigan State. His presence makes Iowa much more formidable defensively. On the opposite end, expect Iowa to attack Killingsworth defensively in an effort to wear him out and get him in foul trouble as well. Iowa has made more free throws (273) and its opponents have attempted (270), and Indiana can't afford to get a Killingsworth or a Vaden, in particular, saddled with foul trouble.

Who will be the surprise contributor? - Iowa's big guns are Brunner, Jeff Horner and Adam Haluska, while Indiana counters with Killingsworth, Vaden and Marco Killingsworth. They'll certainly be the players to watch early, but don't be surprised if there's an unsuspecting hero from the winner of this game. For Indiana, getting A.J. Ratliff untracked would provide a huge lift for Mike Davis' squad. Ratliff may start, and he'll certainly play at least 20 minutes in this contest. He's been extremely selective with his shot attempts offensively in recent weeks, failing to attempt more than three shots in any game since Kentucky. Ben Allen is another possibility. He'll likely get some minutes to give Killingsworth a rest, and he can lure Hansen away from the basket with his ability to shoot outside, thus freeing up opportunities for others to attack the basket off the dribble. For Iowa, Doug Thomas and Mike Henderson are possible thorns in IU's side. Thomas is a high-energy big man off the bench who can block shots and is extremely athletic. Henderson is in more for his defense than his offense, but he can get involved offensively as well.

Will Jeff Horner's shooting struggles continue?Iowa's senior point guard leads the Big Ten in assists, but he hasn't been the offensive weapon that he had been before going down with a knee injury earlier this season. He's averaging 12.0 points/game in the Big Ten, but he's shooting only 31.6 percent overall and 29.7 percent from behind the 3-point arc. But he remains a player capable of heating up in a hurry and having a huge night. It will likely fall to either Marshall Strickland or Lewis Monroe to continue to hold him in check. While he's struggled shooting the ball in recent weeks, he's willing and able to shoot when open from about 25 feet and in, so Indiana's guards can't let up just because his toes aren't on the 3-point stripe.

QUOTABLES
"They're well coached. Steve has done a great job, and they haven't lost a home game this year. The games they've lost have been road games. They have great outside shooting, the movement, the players play well together, they have a shot blocker – they're just a very, very good basketball team." – IU Coach Mike Davis.

"Jeff (Horner) is as good a passer as there is in the league. He's right near the top in assists. He handles the ball well, he doesn't turn it over. He gets us into the offense that we want and where we want the ball to go. He does a very good job of that. And then he can knock down the open jump shot to about 23 feet. That's always been very important to us. He's a loose ball guy, he's a charge guy, he's a big shot guy down the stretch, he's a 90 percent free throw guy when you have the lead down the stretch…so he brings an awful lot to us." – Iowa Coach Steve Alford on the importance of Jeff Horner to his team.

"It's a game where both perimter and inside are going to have to do the job defensively. It's not a game where you're just looking to shut down a post player or a guard. It's going to have to be a team defensive effort." – Iowa Coach Steve Alford.

DID YOU KNOW…
Indiana leads the Big Ten in field goal shooting (51.6%) and Iowa leads the Big Ten in field goal defense (37.4%). In the most recent NCAA rankings, Indiana ranks first nationally in field goal percentage, while Iowa ranks fourth in field goal percentage defense…Iowa's lineup features the Big Ten leader in assists (Jeff Horner – 6.5/game), rebounds (Greg Brunner-10.6/game) and blocked shots (Erek Hansen – 3.1/game)…Greg Brunner needs only 35 more rebounds to become Iowa's all-time leader in the category, and Jeff Horner needs only 35 more assists to become the school's record holder in that category. Brunner's 875 rebounds trails only Ed Horton (876-1986-89) and Kevin Kunnert (914-1971-73), while Horner ranks third in assists with 540, trailing Dean Oliver (561-1998-01) and Andre Woolridge (1995-97)…both teams' backcourts were recently ranked in the top 10 nationally according to SI.com. Indiana's Marshall Strickland and Robert Vaden was tabbed as the sixth-best backcourt tandem, while Iowa's Adam Haluska and Jeff Horner was ranked No. 9…Greg Brunner's 23 rebounds last week against Minnesota established a new Carver Hawkeye Arena record, eclipsing the mark of 21 set by Washington State's Dwayne Scholten on Dec. 6, 1986. It was also the second-most rebounds in a single game nationally this season, trailing only Arkansas Little-Rock's Rashad Jones, who had 30…Rod Wilmont has seen his scoring average climb to 8.9 points/game overall and 12.2 in Big Ten games. He's considered by many to be the frontrunner for the inaugural sixth-man of the year award in the Big Ten this season…Indiana has had three or more players score in double figures in 11 of 15 games this season, and IU is 10-1 in those games…Marshall Strickland is 47th on IU's all-time scoring list and with 913 points and could easily pass Ken Johnson (919), Neil Reed (920), Wayne Radford (922) and John Ritter (925) in the Iowa game.

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