Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

The Hoosiers are winners of seven out of their last eight, and they will try to make it eight out of nine when they host Steve Alford's Iowa Hawkeyes Tuesday at Assembly Hall. Iowa owns a four-game winning streak against the Hoosiers, the longest win streak of any Big Ten foe against IU…

Game Particulars: Indiana (12-4/3-1) vs. Iowa (10-7/2-1)
The Hoosiers will try to maintain their hold on second place in the Big Ten when they host Iowa on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall. Indiana is looking to end a four-game losing streak to Coach Steve Alford's Hawkeyes, which is their longest active losing streak against any team in the Big Ten. Their most recent setback to Iowa came Feb. 11, 2006, in a game former IU Coach Mike Davis missed due to illness. With assistant coach Donnie Marsh taking over, the Hoosiers got 21 points from Marco Killingsworth and 18 from Marshall Strickland, but it wasn't enough as Iowa prevailed, 70-67.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 12-4 record in Bloomington and a 467-261 career mark in 23-plus seasons. Iowa, meanwhile, is coached by former IU All-American Steve Alford, who in his eighth year at the helm of the Hawkeye program and 16th year as a head coach. Alford owns a 145-99 record at Iowa and a 301-176 mark overall.

The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (color commentary) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Iowa 2006-07 Schedule

Indiana (12-4/3-1 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.0 apg,1.5 spg, 50% FG shooting
SG-Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 8.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 38.2% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 10.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.3 spg, 35.6% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 9.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 38.9% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.6 bpg, 51.8% FG shooting

Iowa (10-7/2-1 Big Ten)
PG- Mike Henderson (6-2, 190, Sr.) – 5.0 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 39.5% FG shooting
SG –Adam Haluska (6-5, 210, Sr.) – 20.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, 38% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Tyler Smith (6-7, 210, Fr.) – 15.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.2 spg, 47.1% FG shooting
SF – Cyrus Tate (6-8, 240, So.) – 4.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 45% FG shooting
C – Seth Gorney (7-0, 245, Jr.) – 5.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 54.2% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Iowa 2006-07 Statistics

How will Indiana opt to defend Adam Haluska? – Haluska is the Big Ten's leading scorer at 20.3/game, one of two returning starters from last year's Big Ten Tournament championship squad (along with Mike Henderson). He is one of the league's best 3-point shooters, but is also capable of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim or the free-throw line. While Armon Bassett is the Hoosiers' "shooting guard," expect to see Bassett matched up with Iowa point guard Mike Henderson, with Earl Calloway harassing Haluska. A.J. Ratliff will also be an important contributor off the bench, as he has the length to contest Haluska's perimeter shot and the athleticism to stay between Haluska and the basket when the Iowa guard puts it on the floor. Haluska will get his points – he's reached double figures in all but three games this season – but IU wants to minimize the easy buckets, the clean looks, and the trips to the free-throw line (he's averaging 10 free-throw attempts/game in league play) Haluksa is used to getting.

Will Lance Stemler be a factor against another big lineup? Stemler was a non-factor against Penn State, getting off only one shot in 12 foul-plagued minutes. He had his troubles against a Penn State lineup that had a trio of capable inside scorers, and Jamelle Cornley got Stemler in foul trouble quickly and IU had to turn to Mike White and Xavier Keeling off the bench. Like Penn State, Iowa goes big with three front-liners in 6-7 Tyler Smith, 6-8 Cyrus Tate and 7-0 Seth Gorney. Expect to see Stemler matched up with Tate, who is the least-offensive minded of the group. Stemler will be giving up 30 pounds to the Iowa forward, but Tate has reached double figures only twice all season. So long as Stemler can stay out of foul trouble, he should be able to get good looks from the perimeter against the Iowa big man.

Can Indiana dominate on the glass? A big part of Indiana's win Saturday was a 24-13 edge in second-chance points, which came courtesy of 18 offensive rebounds for the Hoosiers. Indiana will have another chance to dominate on the glass when it goes up against an Iowa team that ranks ninth in the Big Ten with a -1.9 rebounding margin. Rod Wilmont has had back-to-back double-figure rebounding games with 10 and 12, respectively against Purdue and Penn State. D.J. White, meanwhile, ranks third in the Big Ten with 7.3 rebounds/game. Iowa has been out-rebounded by each of its last five opponents, so this is an area the Hoosiers could very well dominate.

Athlete on athlete – Rod Wilmont vs. Tyler Smith? - If you want to see a couple of explosive athletes go head to head, keep an eye on the Roderick Wilmont vs. Tyler Smith match-up. While there's been loads of attention on Ohio State freshmen Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook this season, the conference's leading scorer among freshmen is Smith, a 6-7, 210-pounder out of Pulaski, Tenn. A year go Smith played alongside current IU freshman Armon Bassett at Hargrave Military Academy, and he's stepped in and become option #2 for the Iowa offense. Smith isn't a good 3-point shooter (29 percent) at this point in his career, but he's very dangerous in transition and off the dribble. Wilmont will need to play a step off Smith and concede the 3 in an effort to keep him from putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. Wilmont, meanwhile, is a fifth-year senior who is coming off a career game against Penn State, totaling career-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds, and he'll create havoc for the Hawkeyes from 3-point range, in transition, and on the glass.

Iowa center Seth Gorney might be 7-0, but he's not much of a shot-blocking threat. Gorney has just three blocks in 335 minutes this season. Compare that to IU guard A.J. Ratliff, who has played virtually the same amount of time (324 minutes) but has nine blocks to his credit…one place you don't want to see Iowa is at the free-throw line. The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten by a wide margin with a 77.6 percent free-throw shooting mark, led by Adam Haluska's 89.5 percent shooting from the stripe…while Iowa is the league's best from the free-throw line, the Hawkeyes are the league's worst from the field (43.7 percent as a team)…Iowa is 0-4 in road games this season, losing at Arizona State by 3, at Virginia Tech by 4, at Drake by 16, and at Illinois by 4…Tuesday's contest will be a homecoming for Iowa guard Drew Adams, a former standout at Bloomington South. Adams joined the Iowa team after spending the 2005-06 campaign at Florida Community College. Adams has played in five games and is averaging 0.4 points. Top Stories