Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

Indiana and Iowa meet this afternoon in Iowa City, and both teams enter the game coming off huge wins. Indiana knocked off second-ranked Wisconsin Wednesday in Bloomington, while the Hawkeyes overcame a double-digit deficit to upset Michigan in Ann Arbor. Indiana beat the Hawkeyes 71-64 in Bloomington 2 ½ weeks ago…

Game Particulars: Indiana (16-5/6-2) vs. Iowa (12-10/4-4)
Indiana opens the second half of the Big Ten slate against a familiar foe - Iowa. These two teams met just 2 ½ weeks ago in Bloomington, with the Hoosiers opening a comfortable lead early and then holding on for a 71-64 win. D.J. White was at his best that evening, scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers, while Adam Haluska had 21 for the Hawkeyes. Indiana will play five of its eight Big Ten games on the road the rest of the way starting with this afternoon's contest.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 16-5 record in Bloomington and a 471-262 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 147-102 record at Iowa and a 303-179 mark overall.

The game will be televised by ESPN, with Dave O'Brien (play-by-play) and Rick Majerus (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Iowa 2006-07 Schedule

Indiana (16-5/6-2 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.3 apg,1.4 spg, 47.9% FG shooting
SG-Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 8.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 42.4% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 11.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.3 spg, 37.7% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 8.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 36.3% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 14.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 53.0% FG shooting

Iowa (12-10/4-4 Big Ten)
PG- Mike Henderson (6-2, 190, Sr.) – 5.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 44.8% FG shooting
SG –Adam Haluska (6-5, 210, Sr.) – 19.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 37.4% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Tyler Smith (6-7, 210, Fr.) – 15.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 45.2% FG shooting
SF – Cyrus Tate (6-8, 240, So.) – 4.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 44.4% FG shooting
C – Kurt Looby (6-10, 210, Jr.) – 4.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 52.5% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Iowa 2006-07 Statistics

Will Iowa get a better effort out of Mike Henderson and Tony Freeman? – D.J. White might have led IU with 23 points in the first encounter, but afterwards Iowa Coach Steve Alford said the difference in the game was point guard play – Earl Calloway had eight points and eight assists for IU, while Henderson and Freeman combined to score only five points and handed out one assist while committing five turnovers. The Hawkeye offense was particularly inept in the first half, when they scored just 17 points, committed 10 turnovers, and found themselves down by 12. Freeman is coming off his best effort of the year, scoring 14 points and handing out seven assists in Iowa's win in Ann Arbor. He could play a big role in this game. One way or another, Iowa is counting on more production from the point guard position if they're going to handle the Hoosiers.

Can Earl Calloway and the Hoosiers minimize Haluska's easy baskets? Adam Haluska is averaging a Big Ten-best 19.9 points/game, and he's a player who can score in a variety of ways. He's best known for his 3-point shooting, but he's very good in transition, he can post up a smaller guard, and he's also capable of putting the ball on the floor and attacking to score or get to the free-throw line. He's as complete an offensive wing player as you're going to find. Indiana's challenge is to limit the number of easy baskets he gets. If the Hoosiers can limit his wide open perimeter looks (particularly in transition, where he likes to settle around the 3-point arc) and keep him from making numerous trips to the free-throw line (where he's an 88 percent shooter), they'll have done their job. Haluska could still very well wind up with 20-plus points, but it will still be mission accomplished against one of the league's best offensive players.

Indiana needs to keep Iowa off the offensive glass. Iowa will likely go with a starting lineup that features three good offensive rebounders in Smith, Looby and Tate. Indiana needs to get a body on those players and keep them from turning misses into easy putbacks and dunks. The Hawkeyes haven't been a great rebounding team this season, but in their last two games they out-rebounded Wisconsin 40-33 and Michigan 40-31 while averaging 15 offensive rebounds per game. One of the team's best offensive rebounders is Looby, a 6-10, 210-pound athletic big man who moved into the starting lineup for the Michigan contest. He's averaging less than 20 minutes/game, but his 42 offensive rebounds is only three less than Smith's team-best 45. Tate is another player who averages less than 20 minutes per outing but has corralled 39 offensive rebounds as well. All three of Iowa's frontline players are very good athletes who put that athleticism to good use on the offensive glass, and Indiana needs to limit those opportunities.

What will Iowa try to do differently against D.J. White? - The first time around, Iowa opted to play man-to-man against D.J. White so that the Hoosiers wouldn't get open looks from behind the 3-point arc. The result was a 23-point, 12-rebound effort that will likely result in a change-of-strategy this time around. Expect to see Iowa doubling White early in the game, testing to see if Lance Stemler and Rod Wilmont are knocking down shots from the perimeter. If Stemler and/or Wilmont struggle, Iowa will probably double throughout.

Iowa had its 12-game Big Ten homecourt winning streak snapped by Wisconsin, 57-46, last weekend. The Hawkeyes are 8-1 in their last nine meetings against ranked teams in Iowa City, with the Wisconsin setback being the only loss…Steve Alford is 7-7 all-time against Indiana, including a 3-2 mark at Carver-Hawkeye Arena…IU's Armon Bassett and Iowa's Tyler Smith were teammates at Hargrave Military Academy last season, two of 10 players off the squad that earned Division I scholarships. Smith averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Bassett added 24 points, six rebounds and six assists on a team that went 28-2…if it wasn't for Greg Oden, Tyler Smith might be the frontrunner for conference freshman of the year honors. Smith ranks first among league freshmen in scoring (15.5), fourth in rebounding (4.9), second in assists (3.6) and fourth in steals (1.3)….Iowa ranks 13th nationally in free-throw percentage, knocking down 75.3 percent of its attempts…since injury his wrist against Ball State, A.J. Ratliff's shooting percentages have gone up dramatically. In the last seven games, Ratliff is shooting 62.5 percent from the floor (25-of-40), including 60 percent from 3-point range (18-of-30). Ratliff leads the Big Ten in conference games in 3-point shooting, while the Hoosiers' 40.8 3-point shooting as a team tops the league in conference games…since conference play opened, Indiana leads the Big Ten in scoring offense (71.2), just ahead of Ohio State's 70/6/outing. Top Stories