The No. 15/15 Indiana Hoosiers (4-1) host Georgia Tech (3-2) as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Assembly Hall. Georgia Tech is 4-4 all-time in the Challenge, while Indiana is just 2-4. The Hoosiers are looking for their first win in the event since topping Maryland at Conseco Fieldhouse in 2002 in a rematch of the 2002 NCAA Championship game.
Game Particulars: Indiana (4-1) vs. Georgia Tech (3-2)
After suffering their first loss of the season, Indiana looks to get back on track when it hosts Georgia Tech at Assembly Hall in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Big Ten is looking for its first ever overall win in the ninth-annual event, as the ACC has won 48 of the previous 75 games. Iowa and Wake Forest got things underway last night, while five games are on the schedule tonight – Georgia Tech at Indiana; Minnesota at Florida State; Northwestern at Virginia; Wisconsin at Duke; and Purdue at Clemson. The event concludes with five games on Wednesday – N.C. State at Michigan State; Illinois at Maryland; Boston College at Michigan; North Carolina at Ohio State; and Virginia Tech at Penn State.
IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 25-12 record in Bloomington and a 480-269 career mark. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, is coached by Paul Hewitt, who in his 7th year with the Ramblin' Wreck (130-97) and his 10th year overall (196-124).
The game will be televised by ESPN with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Jimmy Dykes (color commentary) and Stacey Dales calling the match-up.
Indiana 2007-08 Schedule
Georgia Tech 2007-08 Schedule
PG- Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, So.) – 13.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 56.5% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 27.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 55.2% 3 pt.shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) 6.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 38.7% FG shooting
F – DeAndre Thomas (6-8, 300, Jr.) 8.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 52.9% FG shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 12.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 63.9% FG shooting
Georgia Tech (3-2)
PG- Moe Miller (6-1, 181, Fr.) – 9.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg
SG – Lewis Clinch (6-3, 195, Jr.) – 11.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.2 apg, 46.2% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Anthony Morrow (6-5, 215, Sr.) – 19.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 48.4% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Jeremis Smith (6-8, 236, Sr.) – 12.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 50% FG shooting
C- Alade Aminu (6-10, 225, Jr.) 14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 62% FG shooting
Indiana 2007-08 Statistics
Georgia Tech 2007-08 Statistics
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
How much of a lift will Georgia Tech get with the return of Moe Miller and Zack Peacock? – Miller suffered a bone bruise before the Yellow Jackets departed for the Paradise Jam and missed Georgia Tech's three most recent games against Charlotte, Winthrop and Notre Dame. He did return to practice last week, and is expected to play against the Hoosiers. Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt said he doesn't expect Miller to start (that will likely fall to D'Andre Bell), but he will be available and figures to see significant action. Peacock, meanwhile, is a rugged, 6'8" sophomore center who missed the season's first five games with a stress fracture in his right foot. With the early departure of Thaddeus Young to the NBA after last season, Peacock figures to ultimately be one of the team's top interior weapons. He figures to be rusty, though, after being sidelined for the season's first couple of games. He averaged 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds as a freshman.
What sort of productivity will Indiana get out of the four position? - If there's one big question mark with this Indiana, it's what it's ultimately going to do with the "four" position. Perimeter-oriented Lance Stemler struggled early and lost his starting job to 6'8", 300-pound DeAndre Thomas, a move that gave IU a much bigger and more imposing frontline for opponents to contend with. But after a couple of solid games Thomas landed himself in foul trouble in the loss to Xavier and was a non-factor. At some point, someone is going to need to take command of the second post position so IU can get comfortable with its rotation – after all, it's a very different make-up whether it's Stemler or Thomas on the floor. If Stemler and Thomas don't do it, it's not out of the realm of possibility that IU could slide Jamarcus Ellis to the four as well, since he's the team's leading rebounder and capable of defending face-up fours. That's unlikely to be much of an option against Georgia Tech, though, which has a plethora of big bodies on its frontline in Jeremis Smith (12.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg), Peacock, Gani Lawal (5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg) and Alade Aminu (14.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg).
Will D.J. White have an All-America caliber performance? - In the Hoosiers' first five games, D.J. White has been a complimentary piece instead of the centerpiece for Coach Kelvin Sampson's team. While Eric Gordon has averaged 27 points per contest, White ranks only fourth on the team with 12.2 points and second with 6.0 rebounds – numbers that don't measure up to what many expected after White's dominant performance with the U.S. Pan Am team over the summer. Some of those modest totals can be attributed to four relatively easy wins, but Georgia Tech will be a formidable foe with a deep frontline that will require a big game from White. The Yellow Jackets have four capable post players who are at least 6'8" and will match up well with White on both the defensive end and on the boards. Aminu, Smith and Peacock are also capable to getting White in foul trouble as well. A big performance from White would go a long way toward leading IU to its first Big Ten/ACC Challenge victory in five years.
Can Indiana do a better job of getting to the free-throw line? - One of the noticeable differences in this year's team was supposed to be the Hoosiers' ability to get to the free-throw line. White Eric Gordon is averaging an eye-opening 9.2 free-throw attempts per game, no one else is averaging more than four (D.J. White – 4.0 attempts/game). IU is counting on Armon Bassett, Jordan Crawford and Jamarcus Ellis to get to the this season, but that trio has combined for 34 free-throw attempts. Indiana was able to make use of 52 percent 3-point shooting in the season's first four games to make free-throw attempts a non-factor, but when it went cold against Xavier (1-of-15 from 3-point range) no one other than Gordon managed to get to the line. Sampson would undoubtedly like to see some players other than Gordon setting up shop at the free-throw line to get some easy points Tuesday night.
""We are growing up. I think this is a team that is learning its roles a little better and understanding what is required of them, especially the guys that have been playing more prominent roles and having the responsibility that comes with having one of those roles. The Virgin Islands trip was outstanding for us. We were very fortunate to win that Notre Dame game, and that's a huge confidence boost for us. We've had some great practices since we returned and I'm really anxious tog et out there tomorrow night and see what we look like."." – Georgia Tech Coach Paul Hewitt
"(We've made) great progress (defensively), talking more, more communication, more active with our hands. We had 47 deflections against Notre Dame. That was a high for the year. We are moving into position to take charges and make steals and to be disruptive on defense. So again, I just want to see a step forward from the other night. I'm very encouraged by what I see. Our practices have been more like what I expect out of our team. Alade Aminu and Lewis Clinch, in particular, have shown some real strides of maturity." – Hewitt
""Sometimes I wonder why we're going there. They were picked to finish first or second in their league, and we're picked seventh."
DID YOU KNOW…
While Georgia Tech has struggled in the early going, don't be surprised if it's a force to be reckoned with once league play opens. Not only is it getting Miller and Peacock back for the IU game, but on Dec. 18 it will also welcome back senior center Ra'Sean Dickey, a 6'10", 250-pounder who has averaged 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds during his career…Georgia Tech played its Nov. 9 season opener against UNC-Greensboro at home (a 83-74 loss), but is now in the midst of a 38-day stretch between home games. The Wreck played at Tennessee State, played three games at the Paradise Jam, and now has road games at IU, Vanderbilt and Georgia State before hosting Kansas Dec. 18. By way of contrast, IU will have played seven home games before Tech plays its second…Georgia Tech is 1-3 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on the road, losing at Michigan State (2005), Minnesota (2002) and Iowa (2000) while winning at Ohio State (2003)…Morrow has 192 career 3-pointers, a total that ranks seventh on Georgia Tech history. Only two players in IU history have made more 3-pointers – A.J. Guyton (283) and Tom Coverdale (200). Morrow's 41.5 percent career 3-point shooting clip, meanwhile, ranks him third in Georgia Tech history behind only Mark Price (44 percent) and Dennis Scott (42.2 percent), both of whom went on to long NBA careers …Tech guard Lewis Clinch made 9-of-16 3-point attempts at the Paradise Jam…IU's Eric Gordon and Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal both played in the McDonald's All-America game in March…all but one of Georgia Tech's opponents have made at least nine 3-pointers, including a season-high 11 by Charlotte…Indiana is 22-1 under Kelvin Sampson when it scores 70 points and 3-11 when it doesn't…in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, IU is 2-0 when it scores 70 or more points and 0-4 when it doesn't…Eric Gordon has scored at least 20 points in each of his first five games. By way of contrast, D.J.White didn't have his fifth 20-point outing until the 36th game of his career (a 22-point outing in last year's loss to Butler).
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