Indiana vs. Purdue Gameday

Indiana makes the turn and heads down the final stretch of the regular season with a 7 p.m. match-up at Mackey Arena against Purdue Wednesday night. Purdue (16-9/5-6) is looking for revenge after last month's 85-58 loss to Indiana (17-6/7-3) in Assembly Hall, and Coach Matt Painter's squad is still bristling from the in-game incident between Painter and IU guard Earl Calloway…

Game Particulars: Indiana (17-6/7-3) vs. Purdue (16-9/5-6)
Indiana looks to make it 12 wins in its last 14 encounters with Purdue when the two rivals meet Wednesday at Mackey Arena at 7 p.m. The Hoosiers won the first encounter this season, pounding the Boilermakers 85-58. Coach Kelvin Sampson's squad got a huge effort from its bench in that meeting, with Joey Shaw scoring 19 points on 5-6 shooting, while A.J. Ratliff added 16 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 from the field. Overall, IU's bench outscored Purdue's reserves 46-8 and made 15-of-19 shots overall. Purdue, meanwhile, was led by Carl Landry who scored 13.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 17-6 record in Bloomington and a 472-263 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 25-28 in West Lafayette and a 50-33 mark in two-plus years overall (Painter was 25-5 in one season at Southern Illinois).

The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus, with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Purdue 2006-07 Schedule

Indiana (17-6/7-3 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.3 apg, 49.0% FG shooting
SG-Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 8.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 43.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Rod Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 12.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 38.7% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 7.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 34.0% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 52.7% FG shooting

Purdue (16-9/5-6 Big Ten)
PG- Chris Kramer (6-3, 195, Fr.) – 6.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.3 spg
SG –Keaton Grant (6-4, 200, Fr.) – 4.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 28.0% 3 pt. shooting
WG- David Teague (6-5, 196, Sr.) – 13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 42.1% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Gordon Watt (6-6, 225, So.) – 8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 50.7% FG shooting
C – Carl Landry (6-7, 245, Sr.) – 19.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 60.3% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Purdue 2006-07 Statistics

What impact will emotion play in the game? – As if the Indiana-Purdue rivalry wasn't already heated enough, there are a couple of sub-plots that will add to Wednesday night's drama. First off, there's the bad blood created by the Matt Painter-Earl Calloway incident in Bloomington. IU Coach Kelvin Sampson downplayed it Tuesday, and Painter said it was "water under the bridge" last month. Right. Expect Painter to use that – coupled with the embarrassment of getting whipped by 27 last time out - as a rallying cry for his team, and it's a good bet his players will respond. Secondly, Purdue likely views this match-up as a "win and get in" to the NCAA tourney. With three of its final four games coming against Northwestern and Minnesota, a victory Wednesday sets the Boilermakers up for a 20-win regular season and a +.500 conference mark. One thing in Indiana's favor is it's accustomed to play in these kind of games – recent match-ups against Illinois couldn't have been much more charged, so the players should be well prepared for what Purdue's players and fans are ready to dish out.

Will Indiana have the same defensive approach in West Lafayette that it did in Bloomington? - What worked for the Hoosiers in Bloomington? Deny, deny, deny. The Hoosiers were relentless with their effort level, particularly on the defensive end. Indiana forced 18 Purdue turnovers, limited Carl Landry to six shots, and dominated Purdue from start to finish. The difference between the two teams' effort level was equally obvious to Painter, who bellowed from the sidelines on several occasions about IU's intensity level and his team's lack there of. It's a foregone conclusion Purdue will plenty with more intensity than it did in the earlier meeting, but Indiana needs to be every bit as aggressive as it was the last time out. If it does that it will create problems for ball handlers Chris Kramer and Keaton Grant when they're trying to get Purdue into its offense. This is an area where officials could also play a role – just how closely they call the game could determine just how aggressive both teams can be when trying to harass ball handlers.

Will either Carl Landry or D.J. White get in foul trouble? Either team could see its initial gameplan go up in smoke if their big man lands in foul trouble. Both teams have one (very reliable) inside threat, and much of what they do offensively revolves around their play. For Purdue, Landry is among the league's leading scorers, a bull of a player when he gets the ball on the block. He's also a 60 percent-plus shooter from the field. White, meanwhile, not only averages a team-best 13.9 points, but he commands double teams from just about every team he goes up against. That frees up IU's perimeter shooters, and the result has been a league-best 40.4 percent 3-point shooting in conference games. White is also the anchor of IU's defense, ranking among the conference leaders in blocked shots with 2.6/game. If either player is saddled with fouls, their team will have a difficult time overcoming their absence.

Will there be an unsung hero? - Plenty of eyes will be on D.J. White, Carl Landry, David Teague and Earl Calloway…but might there be unexpected key to Thursday night's outcome? In the win in Bloomington Joey Shaw came off the bench and riddled the Boilermaker defense for 19 points, and he might be a shot to see what he can do again tonight. There's also Errek Suhr, who will likely see action tonight because his demeanor helps settle IU at times when it's on the road. On the other side of the coin, IU needs to be wary of guard Chris Lutz and forward Gordon Watt. Watt is a highly-emotional player who will feed off the Purdue crowd. A very good offensive rebounder, Watt is averaging 8.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, but has been a non-factor as of late due to foul trouble. In his last three games Watt is averaging just 3.0 points and 17.3 minutes because he's picked up four fouls in each contest. So will the highly-emotional atmosphere get him to play better…or to pick up some more early fouls? Time will tell. Lutz, meanwhile, does one thing – shoot 3-pointers. He's a 45.1 percent shooter from behind the arc, and all but 12 of his 103 shots this season have been from deep. He missed his only two attempts in Bloomington, but if he gets hot he'll present IU with some problems.

"think you let (the emotion of the game) take care of itself. Anytime you get embarrassed like we did (in Bloomington), you have to prove you belong and can play with somebody who beat you that badly. Time will tell…Our guys will be excited and will be ready to play, but I don't think you bring their emotions down." – Purdue Coach Matt Painter.

"(The Hoosiers) are a very aggressive team who does a great job of getting after the basketball and taking away passes. They make you play. You have to be just as aggressive with them, and without fouling. It's especially tough if you get into foul trouble. You have to be demanding of yourself to cut hard and want the ball in the post because they're going to do everything in their power to keep you out of scoring positions." – Purdue Coach Matt Painter.

"I think their two seniors, Landry and Teague have really stepped up…Their goal is to make the NCAA Tournament, and those kids realize this is their last chance at it. They've really turned up the heat." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"As the season progressed, the one area I thought we had to really work at was getting to the foul line. Finally we got a break…last week, we worked hard at driving it. If you look at our guards, the one who's really improved in that area are Armon, Rod and AJ." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"When you grow up in the state of Indiana, watching Indiana and Purdue, and you get the chance to play for one of the schools and now you have the chance to coach for one of them, the rivalry has been in your blood. You look forward to watching those games, playing in those games and now coaching them. You just want to win in the worst way. You want to do everything in your power to get a victory. As a coach, you have to stay even keel; you have to coach the game. Whereas being excited as a player, you get so fired up and lay it out on the line. They were just fun games to play in and I don't know if they are as fun to coach." – Purdue Coach Matt Painter.

David Teague is 9-of-14 from 3-point range in his last two games…current IU assistant coach Jeff Meyer was an assistant coach at Purdue from 1978-80…during conference games, Indiana is shooting a Big Ten-best 40.4 percent behind the 3-point arc. Purdue, meanwhile, ranks 10th in the league in 3-point percentage defense in league games, allowing teams to shoot 38.7 percent…A.J. Ratliff is the league's best in field goal percentage in conference games, shooting 61.5 percent. Greg Oden is second at 57.7 percent and Carl Landry is third at 55.7 percent…Earl Calloway ranks sixth in the Big Ten overall with 4.26 assists/game, but his 4.8/game in conference games is second only to Ohio State's Mike Conley. Top Stories