Game Particulars: Indiana vs. Michigan
An NCAA bid could be on the line when Indiana (16-10/8-7) travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a 2:30 p.m. meeting with Michigan (18-8/8-7) Saturday at Crisler Arena. Indiana enters the game as a winner of its last three, including a 70-59 win at Purdue Wednesday that was its first Big Ten road win this season. Michigan, meanwhile, has dropped five of its last seven. Coach Tommy Amaker's team, though, is 6-1 at home this season, including wins over Illinois, Michigan State and Wisconsin.
IU is coached by Mike Davis, who is in his sixth and final year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 112-77 career mark, including a 9-1 record against Michigan. 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 83-67 record in four-plus seasons with the Wolverines (one postseason NIT invitation and championship) and a 151-122 career head coaching mark. Amaker is 0-8 against Indiana.
The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus Regional, with Dick Bremer (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (color commentary) calling the match-up.
Indiana 2005-06 Schedule
Michigan 2005-06 Schedule
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 162, Jr.) – 4.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 36.7% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Marshall Strickland (6-2, 195, Sr.) – 12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 49.6% 3 pt. shooting
WG – A.J. Ratliff (6-2, 183, So.) – 3.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.3 apg, 29.8% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Robert Vaden (6-5, 225, So.) – 13.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 42.5% 3 pt. shooting
C - Marco Killingsworth (6-8, 270, Sr.) – 17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.7 bpg, 54.6% FG shooting
PG- Daniel Horton (6-3, 205, Sr.) – 17.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.9 spg
SG- Dion Harris (6-3, 205, Jr.) – 11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 40.0% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Ron Coleman (6-6, 210, So.) – 6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 36.5% 3 pt. shooting
PF- Graham Brown (6-9, 245, Sr.) 5.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 65.2% FG shooting
C – Courtney Sims (6-11, 245, Jr.) – 12.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg, 62.6% FG. shooting
Indiana 2005-06 Statistics
Michigan 2005-06 Statistics
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Will IU's guards continue to rebound the basketball?– The last time these two teams met, Indiana was mauled on the boards. Graham Brown set an Assembly Hall record with 21 caroms, and the Wolverines held a 42-29 edge in the category. That included a 19-10 advantage on the offensive glass, which helped the Wolverines hang close before eventually falling, 70-63.
Indiana can't afford to go into Crisler Arena on Senior Night and give a good Michigan team that many second-chance opportunities. Robert Vaden has been big on the boards in recent games (he's averaging 11.0 rebounds in his last two games), and he'll need to continue to do so. But the Hoosiers will be at a decided size disadvantage with its four-guard lineup, so that means guards A.J. Ratliff and Rod Wilmont, in particular, will need to continue to crash the boards hard. Wilmont is averaging 5.3 rebounds/game in his last three outings, and he'll continue to important in that area.
Michigan is one of the league's better rebounding teams with a +5.2 margin this season.
Who gets the best of the Sims-Killingsworth matchup? - In the first meeting between these two teams, Michigan center Courtney Sims was a non-factor. Sims entered the game as the Wolverines' leading scorer, but he finished with just five points, one rebound, four fouls and five turnovers in 19 minutes. Graham helped make up for it with his eight-point, 21-rebound effort, but Sims is Michigan's only true low-post threat offensively and when he's not a factor, Michigan struggles.
Expect to see Tommy Amaker go to Sims often early to get him established and to also try to get Killingsworth in some early foul trouble. Sims isn't much of a threat to step outside or do anything off the dribble against Killingsworth, but he can do plenty of damage with his back to the basket. He ranks second on the team with 96 free-throw attempts and Amaker would love to see him getting to the line at Killingsworth's expense.
While getting Sims in foul trouble again would be a big plus for IU's chances, it won't be as easy since Michigan will rotate Sims, Brown and possibly even Chris Hunter onto Killingsworth at times in an effort to give him different looks and to keep their defenders fresh.
What will IU do to keep Vaden fresh? - Before the Purdue game, IU Coach Mike Davis said he needed to try to find a way to get Robert Vaden more rest during the course of a game so that he wasn't worn down by the end. Those words didn't lead to action against the Boilermakers, though, as Vaden played a game-high 39 minutes. Other than a 50-second rest midway through the opening half, Vaden was on the floor for the entirety of IU's 70-59 win.
That sort of workload will take its toll against Michigan, as Vaden will likely be matched up with Graham Brown on the defensive end of the floor. While Brown isn't a go-to guy offensively, he is a 6-9, 245-pounder who will crash the boards, and that will wear on Vaden during the course of the game. Vaden didn't let it phase him in the first meeting with he scored 17 on 7-of-10 shooting in 38 minutes, but IU would be well served to get Vaden a little more rest Saturday in Ann Arbor.
The fact that Michigan usually played with a couple of bigs on the floor could give Davis the option of playing Killingsworth and Ben Allen together at the same time while giving Vaden some breathers. Allen would have his hands full if he was asked to defend Chris Hunter or the ultra-athletic Brent Petway, but Indiana's freshman center can matchup defensively with Brown and he can guard Sims as well. His ability to shoot from the perimeter, meanwhile, can also lure Brown away from the basket and give IU some more offensive rebounding opportunities.
"(on the importance of getting a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament) It doesn't matter what day we play [in the Big Ten Tournament]. We just need to go into Michigan and focus on getting the win. If we win and we have to play on Thursday, that is fine. If we lose and have to play on Thursday that is fine. All we are trying to do is just continue our momentum." – Mike Davis.
"We expect a difficult game because they have only lost two home games this year. One was a conference game to Ohio State and the other was to UCLA. It is going to be a game that both teams need and a very hard fought game." – Mike Davis.
"Earl is playing very well right now. He is more aggressive than he used to be. A lot of times the [opposing] point guard will double-team me, I'll kick it back out, and Earl is now hitting that three. He is just playing more aggressively."– Marco Killingsworth.
"It is very important, I think that this is a huge game for us. It can set us up to where we want to be and give us an advantage of getting into the tournament. This game can propel us to finish the season on a high-note." – Marshall Strickland.
DID YOU KNOW…
Saturday will be senior day for eight Michigan players – Daniel Horton, Chris Hunter, Graham Brown, Lester Abram, Amadou Ba, Hayes Grooms, Sherrod Harrell and Troy Sanchez…Michigan hasn't beaten Indiana since Jan. 9, 2001, when the Steve Fisher-led Wolverines handed IU a 70-64 setback in Mike Davis' third career Big Ten game…Daniel Horton appears poised to break Steve Alford's Big Ten single season free-throw shooting records. Horton is shooting 93 percent (106-of-114) this season, which is ahead of Alford's 92.1% he shot during the 1984-85 season. Horton is also shooting 97 percent (76-of-78) in league games, which is well ahead of Alford's 93.5 percent in 1984-85…speaking of free throws, Marshall Strickland ranks second in the league at 91 percent overall and 92.1 percent in Big Ten games…both Graham Brown and Daniel Horton figure to start their 100th career games at Michigan Saturday, making them the 15th and 16th players in UM history to hit the century mark for starts…Daniel Horton has scored in double figures in 22 out of 26 games this year, including a career-high 39 point effort 10 days ago against Illinois…Indiana is looking to put together its first four-game winning streak since December-early January when it won six in a row from Dec. 10 (Kentucky)-Jan. 7 (Ohio State)…since moving into the starting lineup Feb. 8, Earl Calloway has averaged 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in eight games.
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