Indiana vs. Coppin State Gameday

No. 13/14 Indiana (9-1) will look to extend its win streak to six when its hosts one-time MEAC power Coppin State (3-9) at Noon Saturday. Indiana will once again be playing short handed, as Armon Bassett, A.J. Ratliff and Eli Holman are expected to miss the contest …

Game Particulars: Indiana (9-1) vs. Coppin State (3-9)
A well-rested – but short-handed - Indiana team takes on a well-traveled Coppin State squad Saturday at noon at Assembly Hall. After a week off since its lopsided win over Western Carolina, Indiana expects to play the Eagles without A.J. Ratliff (ankle) and Eli Holman (wrist0 due to injury, while Armon Bassett will serve the final game of a three-game suspension. Coppin State, meanwhile, will be playing the 13th-ranked Hoosiers less than 14 hours after losing to 10th-ranked Marquette 89-42 in Milwaukee.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 30-12 record in Bloomington and a 485-269 career mark. Coppin State, meanwhile, is coached by Ron "Fang" Mitchell, who in his 22nd year with the program and 30th year overall. Mitchell is 345-290 at Coppin State and 572-335 overall.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Roger Twibill (play-by-play) and John Laskowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2007-08 Schedule

Coppin State 2007-08 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana Hoosiers (9-1)
PG- Jordan Crawford (6-4, 195, Fr.) – 14.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 52% FG shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 24.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg, 50.9% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) 8.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 4.5 apg, 44.8% FG shooting
F – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Sr.) 5.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 spg, 29.0% 3 pt. shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 15.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 63.7% FG shooting

Coppin State (3-9)
PG- Vince Goldsberry (6-0, 165, Fr.) – 4.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 29% FG shooting
SG – Tywain McKee (6-2, 182, Sr.) – 15.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 50% 3 pt. shooting
SF – A'Daeron Duncan (6-6, 190, Jr.) – 7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 32.9% FG shooting
PF – Eddie Hayden (6-6, Fr.) – 5.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 apg, 56.3% FG shooting
C- Robert Pressey (6-7, 206, Sr.) 7.8 ppg, 5.2 rg, 0.5 apg, 40.5% FG shooting

Indiana 2007-08 Statistics

Coppin State 2007-08 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Can Indiana up the tempo with its defense?– Coppin State's preference is to slow opponents down when they try to bring the ball down in the backcourt and then pack it in once they get across the halfcourt line. That style helped Coppin State hang around a couple of weeks ago against Ohio State before falling 47-39. But Coppin hasn't been as lucky against some other quality foes, giving up 98 points in a 49-point loss to Xavier and then 89 last night in a 47-point loss to Marquette. In those two contests Coppin's foes recorded 13 and 12 steals, respectively. As a result, Coppin was outscored 36-4 in fastbreak points in those two games, as Xavier and Marquette used its defenses to generate some easy scoring opportunities. Indiana will need to do the same if it hopes to get its point total into the 70s or 80s.

Will this prove to be IU's most lopsided win in recent memory? - To say Coppin State has been struggling lately would be a tremendous understatement. While this is a program that won nine MEAC titles in the 1990s and earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament during the decade, it's fallen on hard times as of late. Coach Fang Mitchell's team has dropped seven straight and points have been hard to come by. In its last four games Coppin State has averaged 39.5 points, losing those games by an average of 26 points. The Eagles shot 28.3 percent last night against Marquette, 31.1 percent against Dayton, 35.6 percent against Ohio State and 34.2 percent against Arizona State, so there's not much reason to see that turn around against the Hoosiers. Indiana has a 51-point win this year (against Longwood) and a 48-point victory (against Western Carolina), and this game could challenge those spreads.

Will Coppin State have any way to keep up on the glass? - Coppin State has been one of college basketball's worst rebounding teams in the early going, being out-rebounded by an average of 7.9 rebounds/game. Indiana, on the other hand, out-rebounds its foes by 8.9 per contest, so the Hoosiers should dominate the glass on both ends. D.J. White will be looking for his seventh consecutive double-digit rebounding performance, and he'll have an excellent chance to get it against a Coppin State frontline, whose biggest player will be giving up a couple of inches and 40 pounds to White.

QUOTABLES
"The Coppin game, we scheduled them on this date (Dec. 22). We had them scheduled originally for the 22nd, but the Big Ten changed the game to noon. We had scheduled it for maybe later. But sometime in August they needed another game and added Marquette and asked to change the game but we couldn't because of the Big Ten Network." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson.

"think this is the 10th time we have played (Coppin State head coach) Fang's (Michell) team. I don't think I have ever had a team play good against them. And we have played Connecticut after them and blown them out. But I don't think we have every played good against Coppin just because of the style of play. They slow the game down." - Sampson

"We are going to try and speed them up. We want them to play our game. We are going to throw a lot of stuff at them so they have to be able to play our game." – DeAndre Thomas

"If we come out playing with intensity and play great defense we can change them into our game and make them play up and down the floor; try to pressure them 94 feet the whole game. We are going to try and make them play our style of basketball instead of just letting them walk the ball up the court and letting them control the tempo of the game." – Jamarcus Ellis

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