Indiana vs. Penn State Gameday

It's Senior Night for Earl Calloway, Errek Suhr and Rod Wilmont as the Hoosiers (19-9/9-6) look to wrap up the No. 3 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament when they host Penn State (11-17/2-13) at 8 p.m. tonight at Assembly Hall in the regular season finale for both squads.

Game Particulars: Indiana (19-9/9-6 Big Ten) vs. Penn State (11-17/2-13 Big Ten)
There's plenty on the line tonight when Indiana wraps up its regular season with an 8 p.m. match-up against Penn State at Assembly Hall. An Indiana win wraps up the third seed in next weekend's Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, while also securing a 20-win regular season and a 10-win Big Ten campaign. In addition, the Hoosiers are looking to send seniors Earl Calloway, Errek Suhr and Roderick Wilmont out with a win on Senior Night as well. They're looking to accomplish those feats against a Penn State team that had lost 13 in a row before upsetting Iowa 74-72 Wednesday night.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 19-9 record in Bloomington and a 474-266 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. DeChellis owns a 42-74 record at Penn State and a 147-167 mark in 11 years overall.

The game will be televised by ESPN-Plus, with Jim Barbar (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (analyst) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

Penn State 2006-07 Schedule

Indiana (19-9/9-6 Big Ten)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 9.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.0 apg, 48.4% FG shooting
SG- Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 41.8% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Roderick Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 41.0% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 6.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 32.1% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.1 bpg, 51.5% FG shooting

Penn State (11-17/2-13 Big Ten)
PG- David Jackson (6-1, 207, Sr.) – 6.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 37.9% 3 pt. shooting
SG –Mike Walker (6-2, 190, Jr.) – 5.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 35.5% 3 pt. shooting
WG- Geary Claxton (6-5, 218, Jr.) – 16.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 42.9% FG shooting
SF – Jamelle Cornley (6-5, 235, So.) – 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 50.2% FG shooting
C – Brandon Hassell (6-11, 232, Jr.) – 5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 58.2% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

Penn State 2006-07 Statistics

Just how many 3-pointers will Indiana attempt…and make? – If you think Rod Wilmont and the Hoosiers shot a lot of 3-pointers in Wednesday's win at Northwestern, wait until you see what they have in store for Penn State. Indiana was 13-of-32 from behind the 3-point arc against the Wildcats Wednesday, including a 9-of-13 effort from Wilmont. But neither team total was a season high – In Indiana's 84-74 win at Penn State earlier this season, the Hoosiers were 14-of-34 from behind the arc, including a 7-of-17 performance by Wilmont. So why the barrage of 3-pointers against the two bottom dwellers of the Big Ten? Both teams play primarily a zone defense and then collapse on D.J. White if he touches the ball. That leaves plenty of good looks from the perimeter for Wilmont, A.J. Ratliff and Armon Bassett in particular, and those looks figure to be there again Saturday. With it being Senior Night, Sampson may need to reign in Wilmont a bit, someone who's emotional nature coupled with Wednesday's huge performance could produce a barrage of individual 3-point attempts rarely seen by IU fans if he's not held in check a little bit.

What kind of problems will Jamelle Cornley give D.J. White and the IU frontline? D.J. White won't have the luxury of getting many man-to-man opportunities thanks to the Nittany Lion defense, but he will have to contend with the 6-5, 235-pound Cornley on plenty of occasions on the other end of the floor. While White has four inches and nearly 20 pounds on Cornley, it won't be an easy match-up. Cornley is a hard worker around the basket and can get White in foul trouble if he's not careful. He scored 17 against IU the first time around and had 20 points and 13 rebounds in the Lions' win over Iowa. While Mike White, Ben Allen and Xavier Keeling didn't see any action in Wednesday's game at Northwestern, rest assured that at least two of them will see some quality minutes tonight as Sampson will try to throw some different looks and defenders at Cornley and center Brandon Hassell.

What kind of contributions will Indiana get from Earl Calloway and Errek Suhr - The two senior guards will be interesting to watch for a couple of different reasons. In Calloway's case, he struggled in his first game back from a shoulder injury at Northwestern, committing a couple of turnovers – and nearly a couple more – in just nine minutes of action. While he's clearly not 100 percent, his progress will be critical to IU's chances of making some noise in the postseason, so the staff is hoping to see a much better effort tonight. In Suhr's case, he figures to play – and potentially start – since it is Senior Night. There are also a couple of players on the Nitttany Lion roster that are reasonable defensive match-ups for Suhr, mostly notably Mike Walker and Ben Luber. So what kind of emotional lift will Suhr provide? It's a good bet he'll get an extended opportunity to show what he can do.

Can D.J. White put together back-to-back halves - Indiana needs to get a more consistent effort out of D.J. White in the postseason. On Wednesday he was limited to just three points in the first half before bouncing back with an 11-point second half. While his turnaround was a key to IU's win in Evanston, Sampson needs White to be a force offensively and on the glass whenever he's on the floor. Against Penn State, he'll need to do two things for that to happen – 1. be quick to attack offensively when he touches the ball, and 2. rebound the basketball on both ends of the floor. Penn State will swarm White with multiple defenders if he's too slow to look for his shot on the block. He can also do wonders for his productivity if he gets some offensive rebounds and easy putbacks – which he did Wednesday – against Nittany Lion squad that has been out-rebounded by its Big Ten foes by an average of about one rebounds/game.

"This is an especially close-knit group of kids. I know we have three seniors who are loved by their teammates. I think that is their motivation for tomorrow night. They want to send these kids out winners." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"When you play at home I don't think you should hope to win, you should expect to win. I think our kids should expect to win, regardless of who we play. But it's hard to do. There are only two other teams in this league right now that are undefeated at home. Just because you play at home, there are no guarantees. Our kids have played great on this court. I can't think of a game this year where we didn't play well." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"Look at how Earl was playing up until his injury. He's having a really good senior year, especially in the position that he's played. I think it's hard to change quarterbacks 80 percent into your season. Earl's a big reason why this team has had the success that it's had." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"Errek Suhr's an Indiana kid. Maybe more important, he's a Bloomington kid. He's left his legacy. I think Errek has left a great legacy here. Because of how he approaches the game, his heart, toughness; it's in all three of those kids. They've been wonderful. For a new coach coming in and trying to establish certain things the first year, I couldn't have asked for three better people. I'm honored to have had the chance to coach those three young men." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"I think when kids get to be seniors they tend to be reflective. As freshmen they're just trying to survive. Rod has probably been more reflective than the other two because he's been through so much. Emotional people tend to be reflective in these types of situations. Rod's a very emotional kid. He's hung in there. I'm really happy that he's had a really good senior year. That's rewarding. He's put a lot of work into this year. I think that was important to him." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson. Top Stories