Indiana vs. UCLA Gameday

Sacramento, Cal. - Two of college basketball most storied programs go head-to-head tonight in Sacramento with a berth in the Sweet Sixteen on the line. Seventh-seeded Indiana (21-10) takes on Arron Afflalo (pictured) and second-seeded UCLA (27-5) at Arco Arena at approximately 8:10 p.m. ET...

Game Particulars: #7 Seed Indiana (21-10, At-Large berth) vs. #2 Seed UCLA (27-5, At-Large Berth)
Indiana looks to earn its first Sweet Sixteen berth since 2002 when it takes on UCLA at 8:10 p.m. EST in the second round of the West Regional in Sacramento, Cal. This is a match-up of two of the most successful programs in NCAA history – UCLA ranks first with 11 NCAA championships, while Indiana's five national crowns ranks fifth. The two teams have met 11 times, with Indiana owning a 6-5 edge. This marks the first time in 15 years the two have met, as Indiana beat the Bruins 106-79 in the 1992 West regional final to advance to the Final Four.

The Pac-10 regular season champions, UCLA earned its second round berth with a 70-42 pounding of Weber State in its opener Thursday. All-America guard Aaron Afflalo led the way with 22 points and eight rebounds, while point guard Darren Collison added 14 points and eight assists. Indiana, meanwhile, got 22 points from Rod Wilmont and 16 points and 10 rebounds from D.J. White in its 70-57 win over Gonzaga.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and owns an 21-10 record in Bloomington and a 476-267 career mark in 23-plus seasons. UCLA, meanwhile, is coached by Ben Howland, who in his fourth year at the helm of the Bruins' program and 13th year overall. Howland has an 88-40 mark at UCLA and a 256-139 record overall.

Indiana 2006-07 Schedule

UCLA 2006-07 Schedule

#7 Indiana (21-10)
PG- Earl Calloway (6-3, 173, Sr.) – 9.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg, 47.8% FG shooting
SG- Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, Fr.) – 9.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 41.5% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Roderick Wilmont (6-4, 205, Sr.) – 12.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 40.0% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Jr.) – 6.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 32.1% 3 pt. shooting
PF – D.J. White (6-9, 251, Jr.) – 13.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 2.3 bpg, 51.4% FG shooting

#2 UCLA (27-5)
PG- Darren Collison (6-1, 165, So.) – 12.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.2 spg, 45.6% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Arron Afflalo (6-5, 215, Jr.) – 16.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 38.5% 3 pt. shooting
WG- Josh Shipp (6-5, 220, So.) – 13.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 31.6% 3 pt. shooting
F – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6-8, 230, So.) – 8.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.7 spg, 50.5% FG shooting
C – Lorenzo Mata (6-9, 240, Jr.) – 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 65.5% FG shooting

Indiana 2006-07 Statistics

UCLA 2006-07 Statistics

Will UCLA defend D.J. White one-on-one with Lorenzo Mata? – Most of Indiana's foes have opted to double team D.J. White when he gets the ball in the post, but the Bruins might opt to tangle with the Hoosiers' primary inside threat with just 6-9, 240-pound Lorenzo Mata. While most of the attention about the UCLA squad goes to the backcourt trio of Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo and Josh Shipp, Mata is an athletic big man who can block shots (1.3/game) and rebound (5.4/game). The Bruins also have some capable back-ups as well who can defend White as well and give Mata a rest. Alfred Aboya (4.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg) is the primary back-up low post defender, but forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is also big enough at 6-8 and 230 pounds to match-up on White on occasion as well. For Indiana to have a chance against the Bruins, it needs White to dominate this match-up.

Will Earl Calloway be matched up with Darren Collison or Arron Afflalo? The Hoosiers' senior point guard is generally matched up with the opponents top perimeter player, and it's debatable whether that person is Bruin point guard Darren Collison or shooting guard Aaron Afflalo. Afflalo is the team's leading scorer at 16.9 points per game and shoots nearly 39 percent from behind the 3-point arc, but it's Collison who really makes the Bruins go. The 6-1, 165-pound sophomore led the Pac-10 in steals (2.3/game) and ranked second in the conference in both assists (6.0/game) and 3-point shooting (45.6%). He creates fastbreak opportunities with his defense, and he'll be a handful for Calloway or whomever has to try to handle him. The problem for IU Coach Kelvin Sampson, though, is if he puts Calloway on Collison, that leaves 6-1 Hoosier freshman Armon Bassett on a 6-5, 220-pound wing – either Afflalo or Josh Shipp. Bassett would be giving up four inches and 40 pounds to either player.

Can Indiana limit its turnovers - If the Hoosiers hope to be successful against the Bruins, they'll need to do a better job of taking care of the basketball than they did in their opening round win against Gonzaga. The Hoosiers turned it over 13 times against the Zags, including a handful of careless miscues. UCLA, meanwhile, forces its opponents into nearly 16 turnovers/game, and forced Weber State into 17 turnovers in its round one game and that resulted in 21 Bruin points in their 70-42 win. The bottom line is Indiana can't afford to squander possessions and even worse allow the Bruins to get easy baskets if it wants to pull off the upset. Armon Bassett said as much Friday, saying it's on not only the passer to make sure they keep the ball in IU's possession, but the receiver as well. "We've talked about that, protecting the ball and meeting all passes because they really shoot the passing lanes," Bassett said. "If we can limit our turnovers we should be okay."

If the game is close, will UCLA's free-throw shooting become a factor - UCLA shoots a woeful 64.8 percent from the free-throw line as a team, so if the game remains up in the air going down the stretch, Indiana could very well have an advantage. The Bruins' backcourt of Arron Afflalo, Josh Shipp and Darren Collison all shoot at least 77 percent from the free-throw line, but UCLA's big men struggle badly. Center Lorenzo Mata is the worst of the bunch, going just 33-of-89 (37.1 percent) on the year, while Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (55.9 percent) and top reserve Alfred Aboya (56 percent) aren't much better.

"Rebounding is going to be key. They offensive rebound like crazy. Their guard play is tremendous. Our guards play tremendous defense. It's going to be a battle." – Lance Stemler.

"(on being matched up on either 6-5, 220-pound Josh Shipp or 6-5, 215-pound Arron Afflalo) It will be tough – I'll try to be there on the catch. I feel I can guard anyone off the dribble. So I'll try to make them put it on the deck." – Armon Bassett.

"It's going to take effort and competing. If you do those two things, anything can happen. The seeding doesn't really matter." – Rod Wilmont.

"It would mean a lot (to get to the Sweet Sixteen), knowing what this team has been through the last couple of years. Coming with a new coach, we're playing for a lot tomorrow night. But there's no pressure. We'll be calm and we'll go out and give it everything and go out and compete." – Rod Wilmont. Top Stories