Game Particulars: Indiana (3-1) vs. No. 8 Duke (5-1)
Two of college basketball's most tradition-rich programs meet as Indiana (3-1) goes on the road to meet No. 11 Duke (5-1) at 9 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium in a featured match-up in the eighth annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Duke is the only school that has won all of its contests in the annual event, going 7-0 overall. The two program have combined for eight national titles (Indiana 5, Duke 3) and the Blue Devils rank fourth nationally in all-time victories while the Hoosiers rank ninth.
Indiana heads into the game after a nine-day lay-off thanks to a second-round exit from the Preseason NIT. Duke, meanwhile, knocked off Davidson 75-47 Saturday. The Blue Devils' lone loss came to Marquette a week ago in the final of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 3-1 record in Bloomington and a 458-258 career mark. Duke, meanwhile, is coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who in his 27th year at the helm of the Blue Devil program and owns a 758-251 record, including three national championships (1991, 1992, 2001).
The game will be televised by ESPN, with Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (color commentary) and Doris Burke (sideline) calling the match-up.
Indiana 2006-07 Schedule
Duke 2006-07 Schedule
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 11.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.8 apg
SG-A.J. Ratliff (6-3, 188, Jr.) – 8.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 27.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 203, Sr.) – 14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 spg, 46.2% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 50% 3 pt. shooting
PF - D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 56.1% FG shooting
PG- Greg Paulus (6-1, 1780, So.) – 5.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 4.7 apg, 45.5% 3 pt. shooting
SG – DeMarcus Nelson (6-4, 200, Jr.) – 13.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 spg, 47.1% 3 pt. shooting
WG- Jon Scheyer (6-5, 180, Fr.) – 10.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 52.2% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Thomas (6-8, 215, Fr.) – 8.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 58.8% FG shooting
PF – Josh McRoberts (6-10, 240, Sr.) – 11.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.5 bpg, 51.1% FG shooting
Indiana 2006-07 Statistics
Duke 2006-07 Statistics
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
What will Duke get from PG Greg Paulus? – The emotional leader and catalyst for the Blue Devils is point guard Greg Paulus, but the 6-1, 175-pound sophomore has been slowed by a foot injury that sidelined him for the first month of practice. He's since returned to the floor and is expected to start tonight, but he isn't back to 100 percent. Paulus came off the bench against Davidson and contributed three points, three rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes, but that's well short of the 32.3 minutes he averaged during his All-Freshman campaign a year ago. Despite playing only 12 minutes in IU's most recent contest, expect to see senior Earl Calloway back in the starting lineup to go against Paulus. Calloway's quickness will test Paulus' foot on the defensive end, but Paulus' craftiness could land Calloway in foul trouble early on.
Big Match-up of Big Men - It doesn't get much better than this – Indiana's 6-9, 251-pound D.J. White matching up with 6-10, 240-pound Duke forward and former Carmel H.S. standout Josh McRoberts. After a slow start to the season, White has picked up his play as of late, averaging 17.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in his last three games. McRoberts, meanwhile, has emerged from the shadow of Shelden Williams to become the Blue Devils' primary interior threat. While he can't match White's physical strength, McRoberts will pose problems for White with his ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. McRoberts has also likely been looking forward to this match-up after a sub-par effort in last year's encounter against IU. Foul trouble limited McRoberts to just 18 minutes, six points and three rebounds in last year's 75-67 Duke victory in Bloomington.
Can Indiana's pressure defense produce turnovers and easy points? - Marquette upset Duke in the CBE Championship game 73-62, and they did it in large part due to 19 Blue Devil turnovers that the Golden Eagles turned into 25 points. Duke has been alarmingly-turnover prone in the early going, averaging 18.8 turnovers in its last five games while turning it over at least 17 times in each of those five contests. The mistakes have been due in large part to the fact Paulus hasn't been 100 percent and Duke is starting two freshmen, and Indiana needs to keep that trend going. If Indiana can convert turnovers into easy baskets, it has a chance to hand the Blue Devils their first loss ever in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. But if Duke's turnover total is 15 or less, IU will be hard pressed to spring the upset over the eighth-ranked Blue Devils.
What sort of impact will the crowd have? - Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of the toughest places in college basketball to play, evidenced by Duke's 44-game homecourt winning streak against non-conference opponents. While the tight confines of the 9,314-seat stadium produces plenty of noise for foes to deal with, the Duke student body is also right on the court and generally well prepared with a variety of cheers tailor-made for each upcoming foe. It will be a unique environment for an IU squad that has only a handful of players who have dealt with this sort of setting. It will be completely foreign to Armon Bassett, Joey Shaw, Mike White and Lance Stemler, and even veterans D.J. White and Earl Calloway have limited experience dealing with these sort of surroundings. When Duke goes on a run – and they will at some point during this game – will Indiana have the ability to remain poised?
DID YOU KNOW…
Duke has only one scholarship upperclassman on its roster – 6-4 guard Demarcus Nelson. Coach Mike Krzyzewski's team has zero seniors, six sophomores and six freshmen…Krzyzewski is only one win away from moving into the top 10 in all-time Division I coaching victories. Krzyzewski has 758 wins, while Ed Diddle is tenth with 759. Krzyzewski is third among active coaches, trailing only Texas Tech's Bob Knight(3rd) and Arizona's Lute Olson (9th)…Duke's roster features six McDonald's All-Americans – Josh McRoberts, Demarcus Nelson, Gerald Henderson, Jon Scheyer, Greg Paulus, Lance Thomas. In addition, all three of Krzyzewski's assistant coaches – Johnny Dawkins, Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins – were McDonald's All-Americans as well…it's been only one year since Duke's dramatic 75-67 victory over IU in Bloomington in the 2005 Big Ten/ACC Challenge, but most of the primary contributors from that game have since departed. Only 19 of Duke's 75 points were scored by returning players (led by Paulus' 13), while just 12 of IU's 67 points are back (led by Earl Calloway's six)…one area IU needs to improve in is getting to the free-throw line. IU's foes have outscored them at the charity stripe in three of the first four games, and they've shot 89 free throws compared to IU's 78.
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