Indiana vs. Penn State Gameday

After posting back-to-back routs of Michigan State and Purdue, Indiana (11-4/2-1) faces Penn State (10-5/1-1) Saturday in University Park, Penn. The Hoosiers are looking to do something only three other Big Ten teams have done this season – win a road game …

Game Particulars: Indiana (11-4/2-1) vs. Penn State (10-5/1-1)
Indiana looks to become just the fourth Big Ten team to win a road game when it travels to Penn State to face the Nittany Lions Saturday at noon at the Bryce-Jordan Center. The Hoosiers are 11-4 on the year but 0-3 on the road, losing by a combined 14 points to Ohio State, Duke and Kentucky. One thing in the Hoosiers' favor is the fact they've traditionally played well at Penn State, going 9-3 in University Park, Penn., since the Lions joined the Big Ten Conference. One of those three setbacks was a year ago, when Penn State prevailed 71-68. The game's outcome was the secondary story, though, as word leaked in the middle of the game that then IU Coach Mike Davis had decided to step down at season's end.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 11-4 record in Bloomington and a 466-261 career mark in 23-plus seasons. Penn State, meanwhile, is coached by Ed DeChellis, who in his fourth year at the helm of the Nittany Lion program and 11th year as a head coach. Painter owns a 41-62 record at Penn State and a 146-155 mark in 11 years overall.

The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus, with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and Tim McCormick (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Penn State 2006-07 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana (11-4/2-1 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.9 apg,1.5 spg, 50.5% FG shooting
SG-Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 8.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 38.8% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 9.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 spg, 35.7% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 9.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 39.4% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 51.0% FG shooting

Penn State (10-5/1-1 Big Ten)
PG- David Jackson (6-1, 207, Sr.) – 7.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 36.1% 3 pt. shooting
SG –Danny Morrissey (6-3, 190, So.) – 12.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 45.5% 3 pt. shooting
WG- Geary Claxton (6-5, 218, Jr.) – 17.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 50% FG shooting
SF – Jamelle Cornley (6-5, 235, So.) – 13.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 54.4% FG shooting
C – Brandon Hassell (6-11, 232, Jr.) – 6.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 61.6% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Penn State 2006-07 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
What kind of job can Roderick Wilmont do on Geary Claxton? – In the last two games it's been D.J. White, Earl Calloway, A.J. Ratliff and Joey Shaw grabbing the headlines for their performances, but fifth-year senior Rod Wilmont has a chance to be the Hoosiers' key performer Saturday. That's because he'll be matched up against the Nittany Lions' best player, Geary Claxton, for a good part of the afternoon. Claxton missed the first four games of the season with a broken hand, but has come back to be one of the league's most productive wings with 17 points and nearly nine rebounds/game. Claxton is relentless rebounder and a very good finisher around the basket. He's only attempted 13 3-point shots this season, but he's more than capable of doing that as well. In two games against IU a year ago, Claxton was a combined 5-of-11 from 3-point range, helping him average 18.5 points and eight rebounds. It will be up to Wilmont to battle Claxton to a stalemate on the boards and keep him from having a huge night offensively. Claxton will get his points, but the Hoosiers can't afford to have him approaching a 20- or 25-point outing.

Can IU keep the Nittany Lions from getting clean looks from 3-point range? - In its first two Big Ten games, Penn State is a combined 20-37 from 3-point range, a big jump from the 6 ½ 3-pointers it was averaging per game during the non-conference slate. The biggest reason has been the shooting of guard Danny Morrissey, last week's Big Ten Player of the Week. Morrissey was 6-of-9 on 3s in a 24-point effort against Northwestern, and then following that up with a 6-of-7 effort from behind the arc in his 21-point performance at Purdue. The best bet is IU Coach Kelvin Sampson will start out with Earl Calloway on the Nittany Lions' sharp shooter. A.J. Ratliff and Armon Bassett will also likely get an opportunity to chase Morrissey as well, but the Hoosiers don't want to let him get started early, and Calloway will be the team's best perimeter defender at the game's outset, particularly if Ratliff doesn't start.

What kind of effort can Mike White and Xavier Keeling make? White and Keeling have been valuable contributions off the bench in the wins over Michigan State and Purdue, and they'll play a big role again Saturday. The Nittany Lions' power forward, Jamelle Cornley, is a 6-6, 235-pound inside player who is a tough match-up for Lance Stemler, but a better defensive matchup for those two. Cornley does most of his work in the paint, averaging 13.6 points and 7.5 rebounds. He's also the Big Ten's third-leading offensive rebounder, averaging nearly three per game. Expect Stemler to start and still see extended action, but if Cornley gets going, expect to see plenty of the Hoosiers' big men off the bench.

Can D.J. White dominate his head-to-head match-up against David Hassell? - The 6-11, 230-pound Hassell is one of the league's most improved players, averaging 6.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 22.5 minutes for Ed DeChellis at center. Those are big jumps from where he was last season, when he played in 22 of the team's 30 games and averaged only 8.2 minutes. In the two games against IU, Hassell played a combined three minutes and didn't score. He'll be tested on both ends of the floor by White, who's establishing more consistency with his play in recent weeks. And after some tough head-to-head battles with Greg Oden, Marquise Gray and Carl Landry in his first three games, White is likely looking forward to this match-up. Despite his size, Hassell isn't much of a shot blocker – he has only six blocks in 15 games – so expect to see white go right at him when he gets the ball. The Lions will likely double White, so he'll need to be quick with his moves once he gets his hands on the ball.

DID YOU KNOW…
Penn State was ninth in the Big Ten a year ago in rebounding margin, but the Lions are currently second this season with +8.5. Indiana, meanwhile, is sixth at +6.3. Unlike most Big Ten teams, Penn State starts a more traditional one center, two forwards, two guards lineup…The Lions scored a school-record 129 points in a 129-111 win over VMI to wrap up the non-conference schedule. While that score might have seemed out of the ordinary, VMI has allowed seven foes to score at least 100 points this season (including Ohio State, which scored 107). VMI is 6-11 on the year and is averaging 100.6 points while surrendering an average of 97.9…A.J. Ratliff's 6-for-6 effort against Purdue tied for the 11th best single game shooting performance in school history. Four Hoosiers have gone 8-for-8 in a game (Jared Jeffries, Matt Nover, Ricky Calloway and Mike Giomi), while another six have had 7-for-7 efforts (Chris Reynolds, Mike Giomi, Stew Robinson, Chuck Franz, Uwe Blab, Tom Abernethy)…Indiana has allowed only seven 3-point field goals in its first three Big Ten games (Ohio State-4, Michigan State-1, Purdue-2). Penn State, meanwhile, has made 10 3-point field goals in each of its first two Big Ten contests…Indiana's bench has outscored its opponents bench in 10 of 15 games, including five outings where the Hoosiers held at least a 25-point advantage in bench points…Indiana is 6-0 this season when A.J. Ratliff scores at least 10 points, and 11-2 during his career.

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