Indiana vs. Kentucky Gameday

Fresh off a 52-point win over Western Illinois Wednesday, Indiana (5-2) goes on the road for just the second time this season as it squares off with Kentucky (5-3) at Rupp Arena in Lexington. This marks just the third time in the last 37 meetings that neither team is ranked in the nation's top 25…

Game Particulars: Indiana (5-2) vs. Kentucky (5-3)
After meeting at a neutral site in each of the last 15 meetings, Indiana (5-2) travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Kentucky (5-3) at Rupp Arena. The game – which has alternated between Indianapolis and Louisville since 1993 - was originally scheduled to be played in Freedom Hall, but a scheduling conflict forced a move to the Wildcats' home floor. As a result, Indiana will play host to the Wildcats in Bloomington next season. Kentucky owns a 27-22 edge in the all-time series, including wins in 10 of the last 12 meetings. Indiana ended five-game losing streak to UK last year, pound the Wildcats 79-53 at the RCA Dome.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 5-2 record in Bloomington and a 460-259 career mark. Kentucky, meanwhile, is coached by Tubby Smith, who in his 10th year at the helm of the Wildcat program. He owns a 246-74 record at Kentucky, including a 7-2 mark against Indiana. Overall, Smith is 370-136 in 15-plus years as a head coach.

The game will be televised by CBS, with Verne Lundquist (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Kentucky 2006-07 Schedule

Indiana (5-2/0-0 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 63.4% FG shooting
SG-Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 6.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 21.4 mpg
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 203, Sr.) – 11.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.9 spg, 41.7% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 12.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 52.9% FG shooting
C – Ben Allen (6-11, 256, So.) – 1.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 14.0 mpg

Kentucky (5-3/0-0 SEC)
PG- Ramel Bradley (6-2, 176, Jr.) – 12.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 43.6% 3 pt. shooting
SG –Joe Crawford (6-5, 211, Jr.) – 14.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 33.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG- Derrick Jasper (6-6, 213, Fr.) – 3.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.8 spg
SF – Bobby Perry (6-8, 215, Sr.) – 8.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 47.6% 3 pt. shooting
C – Randolph Morris (6-11, 259, Jr.) – 17.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 63.6% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Kentucky 2006-07 Statistics

Can Ben Allen play well enough defensively to keep D.J. White off Randolph Morris? – It's no secret who is Kentucky's No. 1 option. Randolph Morris is a 6-11, 260-pound force with his back to the basket who is shooting nearly 65 percent from the floor and averaging 17 points per game. Assuming Kelvin Sampson opts to stick with two big men in the starting lineup, look for Ben Allen to match up with Morris. As good as Morris is, he's an easier defensive match-up for Allen than some of the more fleet-footed frontliners he's had to go against in recent weeks. Allen and Morris are identical in size, and Allen can hold his own from a physical standpoint against the Wildcats' No. 1 scorer. The question that arises, though, is whether or not Allen can stay out of foul trouble. Allen leads the team with 22 fouls, despite averaging only 14 minutes/game. If he gets in foul trouble early, it will force Sampson to go with White on Morris for the game's duration, something he'd probably like to avoid.

Who's newcomers will shine in their first IU-UK contest? - Both Kelvin Sampson and Tubby Smith rely on some new additions to the roster. For Kentucky, it's freshmen Derrick Jasper, Perry Stevenson, Jodie Meeks and Michael Porter. For Indiana, it's junior college transfers Lance Stemler and Mike White, along with freshman Armon Bassett. The only one of the group who has shown consistency is Stemler, who's averaging 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds/game. The 6-9, 178-pound Stevenson burst out of the gate, starting the season opener against Miami (Ohio) and blocking seven shots. But he's come off the bench in each of the last three contests, and he's failed to score in his last two games. The 6-6 Jasper is a versatile backcourt player who can play the point, but he's attempted a total of five shots in his last four games, despite averaging 18.3 minutes. As for the Hoosiers, Bassett scored a team-high 16 at Duke, but has reached double figures just one other time this season. Look for one of these new faces to have a big game Saturday, and their contributions will go a long way towards leading their team to victory.

What happens in the game's first 10 minutes? Kentucky has dominated this series in recent years, but Tubby Smith's team is still stinging from last year's 26-point defeat in Indianapolis, their most lopsided setback in the series' history. They'll be looking to makes amends for that outcome, and they'll have a chance to do it in front of 23,000-plus Wildcat fans. Indiana, meanwhile, struggled badly early on in its only other road game – Nov. 28 at Duke. The Hoosiers shot just 32 percent in the opening half in Durham and fell behind by as many as 15 early on. Errek Suhr and Bassett led a furious second-half IU comeback in that game, but the deficit proved to be too much to overcome. That sort of start can't happen again if the Hoosiers hope to come away with their first win over Kentucky in the Bluegrass State since 1988.

Can IU's guards pressure the Wildcats into turnovers? - This isn't your typical Kentucky team. Through its first eight games Kentucky has committed 135 turnovers, or nearly 17 per game. The biggest culprits have been guards Ramel Bradley (3.4 turnovers/game), Joe Crawford (2.6 turnovers/game) and Derrick Jasper (2.5 turnovers/game). Their struggles hanging onto the ball has resulted in a Kentucky team that has turned the ball over 21 more than that its opponents. That's good news for the Hoosiers, who are forcing their foes into 17.1 turnovers/game. If Indiana can continue that trend and come up with some fastbreak opportunities, they'll have a chance to put together its first winning streak over Kentucky since IU won three in a row from 1988-90.

The player on the IU roster who has gotten to the free-throw line more than any other is…Joey Shaw? The freshman has made 21-of-29 free throws this season, a team-best for free-throw attempts. D.J. White ranks second with 27, followed by Mike White and Earl Calloway with 15…Indiana is holding its foes to 37.4 percent shooting from the field. If IU maintains that throughout the season, it would be the team's best effort in the category in nearly 50 years. The last time an IU squad was better in the category was 1959, when IU's opponents shot 36.5 percent…despite the 19-to-3 assist-to-turnover ratio against Western Illinois, Indiana is still a -15 on the year as a team. Only two players on the roster have more assists than turnovers – Earl Calloway (27 vs. 17) and Armon Bassett (22 vs. 12). Lance Stemler is even in the category with seven turnovers and seven assists…Kelvin Sampson and Tubby Smith are two of only six coaches who have won at least 20 games in each of the last nine seasons. The others are Arizona's Lute Olson, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, UConn's Jim Calhoun, and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim… Tubby Smith has already climbed to No. 7 on the all-time SEC coaching wins chart. Smith has 289 wins in 11 years in the SEC. He needs nine more to move into the top five, which would move him past former UK Coach Joe B. Hall (297 wins in 13 years)…Derrick Jasper scored 12 points in Kentucky's semifinal round loss to UCLA in the Maui Invitational. In his other seven games, he's scored a combined 14 points…in Kentucky's three losses, Ramel Bradley is averaging 7.7 points/game and has been held to single digits each time. In the Wildcats' five wins, Bradley has reached double figures four times and is averaging 15.6 points/game… Top Stories