Indiana vs. Longwood GameDay

The Hoosiers begin first round play in the Chicago Invitational Challenge Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall as they host the Longwood Lancers. The eight-team Invitational will culminate in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on November 23rd and 24th, but for now IU focuses their attention solely on Longwood.

Game Particulars: Indiana (1-0) vs. Longwood (2-1)

The Hoosiers begin first round play in the Chicago Invitational Challenge Sunday afternoon in Assembly Hall as they host the Longwood Lancers. The eight-team Invitational will culminate in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on November 23rd and 24th, but for now IU focuses their attention solely on Longwood. The Lancers are currently in their first season of Division I NCAA basketball and are hoping to show their ready for big-time college basketball on Sunday.

The Hoosiers enter the game with a week of rest under their belts after dispatching UT-Chattanooga 99-77 in their season-opener. That victory extended the Hoosiers home court winning streak to 18 games. Meanwhile, the Lancers have bounced back from a season-opening 88-72 loss against Navy with wins against Norfolk State (80-67) and Virginia-Wise (89-67).

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 22-11 record in Bloomington and a 477-268 career mark. The Lancers are led by fifth-year head coach Mike Gillian.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network at noon on Sunday with Jim Kelly (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.



PROBABLE STARTERS Indiana (1-0) *stats from season-opener PG- Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, So.) – 20 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.0 apg* SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 33.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 63.6% 3 pt. shooting* WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) - 5.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 2.0 spg* PF – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Sr.) - 0.0 ppg, 0.0 rpg, 16.0 mpg* C – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 17.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 71.4% FG shooting*



Longwood (2-1) PG- Brandon Giles (5-10, 155, Sr.) – 9.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 60.0% 3pt. shooting WG- Dana Smith (6-5, 230, Jr.) – 15.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 51.4% FG shooting F – Kirk Williams (6-6, 200, Jr.) – 20.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 51.1% FG shooting F – Lamar Barrett (6-6, 205, Sr.) – 10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 44.8% FG shooting C – Danny Wilson (6-8, 230, Sr.) – 4.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 13.3 mpg



WHAT TO WATCH FOR Will Indiana come ready to play early? -- You can guarantee that most, if not all, of the Hoosiers on the current roster have never heard of the Longwood Lancer program before Coach Sampson began giving them the scouting report. In just their first year of Division I play, the Lancers are the epitome of the unknown team. Add in an early 12 p.m. start time on a lazy Sunday afternoon and it might be difficult for the Hoosiers to bring their intensity early. IU certainly didn't do that in their season-opener when they allowed the Chattanooga Moccasins to pile up an obscene 50 points in the first half, which brings us to our next point…

Will the IU defense rule the day? -- After showing very little ability to slow down any offense for more than 20 minutes in their first two exhibition games and the season-opener, Sampson will be looking for lock-down defense on Sunday. Indiana allowed the Mocs to shoot over 60 percent in the first half and even after a much improved effort in the second half Chattanooga still finished the game with 46% shooting and 77 points. Sampson will be severely disappointed if the Hoosiers allow the Lancers to break the 30-point barrier in either half and is probably hoping for a defensive shooting percentage right at or below 40 percent.

Will the Hoosiers force the action inside? -- There's no doubt this IU team can shoot the 3-point shot. If you count their exhibition contests, then through three games the Hoosiers are hoisting up an average of 26 three-point attempts a game. While they are converting on an impressive 57% of those attempts, there's no doubt that Sampson would like to see the ball scored in the paint more often. When he brought in this heralded group of newcomers the coach talked at length about how this team wouldn't need to rely on the three-point shot nearly as much due to their ability to penetrate and finish around the rim. Against an undersized Longwood team it might be time for the Hoosiers to start practicing that approach by attacking the rim with their guards and pounding the ball inside to their big men D.J. White and DeAndre Thomas.

Quotables "We have played three games, counting the exhibition games, and have shot almost sixty percent in every game, so there is not a whole lot to complain about with the offense. Offense is about making shots, that's the bottom line. So making shots is a pretty good offense. Our team is not going to look like a lot of teams that make ten passes and back door cuts, that's not our team. Our team is the way we are playing and that's what fits with this team. Every team is different. I've had teams that looked like an offensive execution machine, but those teams had to play like that to win. This team doesn't have to play like that." – Coach Kelvin Sampson

"This year, it's not hard. All the top 25 teams that have been knocked off this year, we don't want to be one of those teams to get knocked off. You have to take every game as a big game. Coach Sampson reminds us of it all the time." – D.J. White about getting up for unfamiliar opponents

"Defense. I didn't think we played that badly defensively. I just think those last 12 seconds -somebody being a second late on a rotation on a block out. I just think we need to work on closing the shot clock out. I thought we were playing pretty good defense the first 24 seconds or so." – Armon Bassett on what the team needs to work on "He's shooting from about 25 or 26 feet, so that's just going to make defenses have to pick us up even farther out and just open up more penetration. I think our guards are just taking what defenses are giving them. We've got talented guards - I think our guards can do everything - shoot, score, pass, rebound, defend - all of us can do that, so I think we're just going to take what the defense is giving us." – Armon Bassett on what Eric Gordon's shooting means to this team

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