Game Particulars: Indiana (7-3) vs. IUPUI (5-5)
IUPUI Coach Ron Hunter has desperately wanted a chance to play Indiana ever since his Jaguar program went Division I nine years ago, and they finally get that chance tonight at 8 p.m. at Conseco Fieldhouse. A member of the Mid-Continent Conference, IUPUI will likely play its ninth straight game without last year's leading scorer, George Hill, who broke a bone in his foot early this season and has been sidelined since. With Hill out, IUPUI has turned to a pair of Indianapolis products – guard David Barlow (15.3 ppg) from Pike H.S. and guard Austin Montgomery (13.2 ppg) from Perry Meridian – to lead the way this season.
IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 7-3 record in Bloomington and a 462-260 career mark. IUPUI, meanwhile, is coached by Hunter, who in his 13th year at the helm of the Jaguar program. He owns a 197-163 record and led IUPUI to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2003. Last season, IUPUI went 19-10 and won the Mid-Continent Conference's regular season title.
The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus, with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.
Indiana 2006-07 Schedule
IUPUI 2006-07 Schedule
Indiana (7-3/0-0 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 9.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 50.7% FG shooting
SG-A.J. Ratliff (6-3, 188, Jr.) – 9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.3 spg, 30.2% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 11.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 spg, 40% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 39.1% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 52.4% FG shooting
IUPUI (5-5/0-0 Mid-Con)
PG- David Barlow (5-11, 150, Sr.) – 15.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 41.7% 3 pt. shooting
SG –Gary Patterson (5-10, 175, So.) – 7.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, 25% 3 pt. shooting
WG- Austin Montgomery (6-5, 190, Jr.) – 13.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 34.0% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Jon Avery (6-7, 205, Fr.) – 5.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 17.1 mpg
C – Angelo Smith (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 6.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 50% FG shooting
Indiana 2006-07 Statistics
IUPUI 2006-07 Statistics
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Will IU match IUPUI's intensity? – This is a game IUPUI has begged and pleaded to play for years. Now, they're finally getting their chance to not only play the Hoosiers, but to do so at a neutral site in Indianapolis. With 11 players on the IUPUI roster from the state of Indiana – including three starters from Indianapolis – expect the Jaguars to come out with plenty of energy on both ends of the floor. Indiana, meanwhile, is playing its second game in three days, and they'll likely be playing in a half-empty stadium. That could very well result in a lackluster effort on IU's part. If that happens, don't be surprised to see Kelvin Sampson go to his bench early for players such as Errek Suhr and Armon Bassett, a pair of in-staters who have a good feel for how much this game means to the players on the other bench.
What will Indiana do to get Lance Stemler some open looks? - Indiana turned in one of its best halves of basketball Wednesday when it scored 50 points in the second half against Western Michigan, utilizing a four-guard lineup that featured Roderick Wilmont, A.J. Ratliff, Armon Bassett and Earl Calloway. Despite the success of that move, Indiana needs Lance Stemler on the floor and must get the 6-8 forward untracked offensively. Stemler is 1-of-15 in his last three games, including 0-of-10 from 3-point range. Don't be surprised to see some set plays early on designed to get Stemler some open looks from the perimeter. As is the case with most shooters, it's just a matter of knocking down a couple of jumpers before Stemler regains his confidence, but Sampson would certainly like to see that happen tonight and avoid dragging his shooting woes into the start of the Big Ten season.
Will George Hill play? There's been some talk that the 6-2, 180-pound guard from Broad Ripple might be able to play tonight. Hill was the team's leading scorer a year ago, averaging 18.9 points and 6.0 rebounds, but has been out with a broken foot. IUPUI is officially listing him as a game-time decision tonight, and has said he is expected to be ready for a trip to Charleston, S.C., for a tournament Dec. 29-30. But Hill has been out of a protective boot for three weeks and has been riding a stationary bike and shooting on the side. His return – even in a limited capacity - would give a huge emotional lift for an IUPUI squad that has upset on its mind.
Will D.J. White turn in a dominant performance? - IU has plenty of mismatches in this game, and D.J. White's presence is one of the most glaring. White will have a size advantage over 6-9, 230-pound IUPUI center Angelo Smith, and he also figures to have the opportunity to get Smith in foul trouble as well. In the season's first 10 games Smith has fouled out twice and has committed 35 fouls, or 3.5/game. If Smith is on the bench, IUPUI's match-up problems with White become even more glaring. The next option is probably 7-0, 270-pound back-up center Bill Van Senus, who has size but lacks mobility. White continues to be very good this season, but he still hasn't been as dominant as he's capable of being. He'll have an opportunity to do tonight.
DID YOU KNOW…
IUPUI has already played Dane Fife's IPFW team this season – twice. IPFW will be joining the Mid-Con, but is still independent this season, forcing it to be creative with its scheduling. That's why the two in-state schools played a pair of non-conference games this season. IUPUI won both, knocking off the Mastadons 70-60 in Ft. Wayne, and then posting a 74-57 win Saturday…the all-time winningest coach in IUPUI history, Ron Hunter has plenty of job security. He recently signed an extension that has him under contract through the 2012-13 season…IUPUI's leading scorer, David Barlow, played with former IU guard Robert Vaden at Pike. Both were starters on Pike's 2002-03 squad which went 29-0, won the state championship, and finished the year ranked No. 2 nationally according to USA Today.
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