Indiana vs. Purdue Gameday

Kelvin Sampson gets his first taste of one of college basketball rivalries when Indiana (10-4/1-1) takes on Purdue (12-4/1-1) Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall. Indiana has won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including six straight in Bloomington…

Game Particulars: Indiana (10-4/1-1) vs. Purdue (12-4/1-1)
Indiana looks to continue its winning ways against its biggest rival when it hosts Purdue at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have won 10 of the last 12 meetings against the Boilermakers, including six straight at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers enter the contest sporting a 10-game homecourt winning streak, while Purdue has lost its last 26 true road games dating back to 2003. Purdue might be 0-2 on the road this season (losing at Indiana State and at Minnesota), but this is a much improved Boilermaker squad over the last three seasons, one that has visions of earning a trip to the NCAA Tournament in March.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 10-4 record in Bloomington and a 465-261 career mark in 23-plus seasons. Purdue, meanwhile, is coached by Matt Painter, who in his second year at the helm of the Boilermaker program. Painter owns a 21-23 in West Lafayette and a 46-28 mark in two-plus years overall (Painter was 25-5 in one season at Southern Illinois).

The game will be televised by ESPNU, with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Purdue 2006-07 Schedule

Indiana (10-4/1-1 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 10.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, 51.0% FG shooting
SG-Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 37.8% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 10.4 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 35.7% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 10.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 39.7% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 50.3% FG shooting

Purdue (12-4/1-1 Big Ten)
PG- Chris Kramer (6-3, 195, Fr.) – 6.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.7 spg
SG –Keaton Grant (6-4, 200, Fr.) – 5.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 30.6% 3 pt. shooting
WG- David Teague (6-5, 196, Sr.) – 12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.5 apg, 38.1% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Gordon Watt (6-6, 225, So.) – 9.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 54.4% FG shooting
C – Carl Landry (6-7, 245, Sr.) – 19.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, 62.9% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Purdue 2006-07 Statistics

Will either D.J. White or Carl Landry get in foul trouble? – Purdue and Indiana have two of the best low-post scorers in the conference in Carl Landry and D.J. White, respectively. At the same time, both teams don't have any other legitimate back-to-the-basket scoring threats, which makes their presence on the floor critical to each team's success. White is averaging 16.0 points over his last three games and has attempted double-figure shots in his last five outings. Landry, meanwhile, has scored in double figures in all 16 of Purdue's games and he's led the Boilermakers in scoring 13 times. Without them, each team becomes very perimeter oriented. Expect to see Indiana be aggressive off the dribble and attack Landry on the defensive end in the hopes of sending him to the bench. Unlike the Hoosiers' first two conference foes, Purdue doesn't have a legitimate shot blocker in the paint that will dissuade Indiana's guards from trying to get to the rim. Purdue, meanwhile, will do its best to attack White as well. If one of these two big men gets in significant foul trouble it will be difficult for their team to emerge victorious.

How will Purdue's guards hold up against Indiana's pressure? - Indiana harassed Michigan State into 20 turnovers Sunday thanks to some tenacious defensive pressure, and they'll likely try to do the same to the Boilermakers. Purdue is expected to start a pair of freshmen in the backcourt in Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant, neither of whom have played in an environment like the one they're going to face Wednesday. How they handle that pressure will go a long way towards determining whether the Boilermakers can stay in this game and potentially bring an end to their 26-game road losing streak. Kramer has committed only one turnover in 65 minutes since Big Ten play opened, while Grant has had four in 47 minutes. Back-up point guard Tarrance Crump will also get an opportunity to deal with the Hoosiers' pressure. Crump is undoubtedly Purdue's quickest player with the ball in his hands, but decision-making has result in less minutes in recent games. Of course, Indiana will have to take care of the ball too – Purdue forces 18.4 turnovers/game, which tops the Big Ten.

Which team's bench makes the biggest impact? Both of these teams count on production off the bench. Purdue brings guard Tarrance Crump and Chris Lutz off the bench, a pair of players who were starters for a good portion of the year. Crump has Earl Calloway-caliber quickness who can get in the lane and create. Lutz, meanwhile, is exclusively a 3-point shooter (61 of his 69 attempts have been from behind the arc), and he knocks down 49 percent of his attempts. Indiana, meanwhile, will counter with Joey Shaw, Mike White, Xavier Keeling and potentially A.J. Ratliff. Since Ratliff was sidelined with an injury, Shaw has been Indiana's most consistent scoring threat off the bench, averaging 10.0 points and 21.5 minutes/game in those two contests. White and Keeling, meanwhile, give Sampson a couple of players who can defend Landry on occasion. Ratliff is the X factor, as his availability remains up in the air. He did practice Monday and Tuesday and listed as a gametime decision according to Sampson.

What kind of effort will Purdue get out of David Teague? - The 6-5 fifth-year senior has had some of his best career performances against Indiana. In his last three outings against IU (second game in 2004 and two games in 2005) Teague has averaged 22.0 points and 6.7 rebounds while knocking down 11 of his 22 3-point attempts. In his most recent trip to Bloomington (Feb. 22, 2005) Teague scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-15 shooting in a 79-62 Indiana victory. Teague also appears to be getting hot just in time for this contest, averaging 18.6 points while knocking down 11-of-26 3-point attempts in Purdue's last three games. If Purdue gets a huge effort from Teague again, they'll be tough to beat. Purdue has a whole lot more weapons than they did in the most recent encounters between these rivals.

If the Hoosiers knock off Purdue, they'll become just the ninth Division I college basketball program to win 1,600 career games. Only Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Syracuse, Temple, St. John's and Penn have accomplished the feat. IU's record currently sits at 1,599-869…Purdue is the only team in the Big Ten with a winning record against IU in the career series (108-80). Indiana is 27-7 against Purdue, though, at Assembly Hall…IU assistant coach Jeff Meyer was an assistant coach under Lee Rose at Purdue from 1978-80…Carl Landry has scored 20 or more points in nine of Purdue's 16 games, including five of its last six. Indiana's team has nine 20-point efforts this season combined (D.J. White 3, Earl Calloway 3, Rod Wilmont 2, Lance Stemler 1)…Landry also has eight double-digit rebounding efforts, while Indiana's team has five such performances (D.J. White 3, Rod Wilmont 2). Top Stories