Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

No. 11/12 Indiana (11-1/0-0) opens its Big Ten season Wednesday night when it travels to Iowa City to take on Iowa (7-6/0-0) at 9 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Indiana enters the game riding a seven-game winning streak, while Iowa has lost two of three and six out of its last nine games…

Game Particulars: Indiana (11-1/0-0) vs. Iowa (7-6/0-0)
No team has given the Hoosiers more trouble in recent years than Iowa, and Coach Kelvin Sampson's team will try to end those struggles when the two teams meet Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Iowa City. In the last four years Indiana has topped the Hawkeyes only once, going 1-5 during that stretch. This year could be a different story, though, as IU enters the conference slate as one of the conference's preseason favorites, while Iowa has struggled under first-year coach Todd Lickliter. Iowa has already lost three home games, including setbacks to Louisiana-Monroe and Drake.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 32-12 record in Bloomington and a 487-269 career mark. Iowa, meanwhile, is coached by Todd Lickliter, who in his first season as the Hawkeyes' head coach after a successful six-year run at Butler. Lickliter's career mark stands at 138-67, and he guided Butler to the Sweet 16 in both 2003 and 2007.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2007-08 Schedule

Iowa 2007-08 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana Hoosiers (11-1/0-0)
PG- Armon Bassett (6-1, 176, So.) – 11.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 47.6% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 23.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 spg, 43.7% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) 7.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 44.0% FG shooting
F – Mike White (6-6, 232, Sr.) 5.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 42.9% FG shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 16.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 66.7% FG shooting

Iowa (7-6/0-0)
PG- Jeff Peterson (6-0, 185, Fr.) – 6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 32.1% FG shooting
SG – Jake Kelly (6-6, 180, Fr.) – 7.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 48.1% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Justin Johnson (6-6, 190, Sr.) – 14.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 36.4% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Cyrus Tate (6-8, 240, Jr.) – 4.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 58.6% FG shooting
C- Kurt Looby (6-10, 210, Sr.) 5.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 66.7% FG shooting

Indiana 2007-08 Statistics

Iowa 2007-08 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
What kind of luck will Iowa have trying to control the tempo and keep the game close?– In 13 games, Iowa has managed to reach the 70-point mark zero times. Todd Lickliter's team is averaging a Big Ten-worst 57.7 points/game with a high of 67 points. That's a very different story from Indiana, which has scored 70 or more in 10 of its 12 games and is averaging a Big Ten-best 83.3 points/game. While Iowa would like to improve on its point production as well as its 43% field goal shootings, its best chance to have a chance against IU is to keep this game in the 50s and give itself a chance in the game's final five minutes. By contrast, the Hoosiers will try to apply pressure to the Hawkeyes' freshman backcourt, force some turnovers, and get the game into the 70s. Look for Armon Bassett and Jordan Crawford to try to harass Hawkeye freshman guard Jeff Peterson, who is averaging nearly four turnovers/game and has had a seven-turnover game (against Wake Forest) and an eight-turnover game (against Louisiana-Monroe) this season.

Will Indiana be at full strength? - IU Coach Kelvin Sampson said he was hopeful A.J. Ratliff's ankle would allow him to play Saturday against Chicago State, but he decided to sit him when he said the ankle didn't feel right during pre-game shoot around. The Hoosier coach said Ratliff could have played if it had been necessary, though, so it's a safe assumption the 6'2" senior will be ready for the Big Ten opener. With Ratliff back, Indiana will basically be back to full strength for the first time this season, barring any other unforeseen player absences. After three-game suspensions for both Armon Bassett and Jordan Crawford and a three-game absence for Ratliff after the close of the first semester, IU fans are hopeful all the pieces will finally be in place now that Big Ten play is set to start. There's been no word of any other reason anyone would miss any games, but news of the two previous player suspensions and Ratliff's ankle injury didn't surface until an hour or so before game time. So it's still worth watching to see who's going through warm-ups and who's dressed for the game.

How will Indiana's newcomers respond to being in a hostile environment? - Indiana shined in its first road game of the season, ending Southern Illinois' 15-game homecourt winning streak with a 64-51 victory in Carbondale. But game was 32 days ago, and it's the only true road game the Hoosiers played this season. Nine of IU's 12 non-conference games were at home, while match-ups against Illinois State and Xavier were played at a neutral site. While Iowa has drawn more than 10,000 to the 15,500-seat Carver-Hawkeye Arena only twice in nine home games, Wednesday night's crowd promises to be near capacity and mighty rowdy as well.

Just how dominant will Indiana be on the boards? Indiana has been one of the dominant rebounding teams in college basketball this season, out-rebounding its foes by 10.7/game. Sampson's team was never more dominant than against Chicago State, when it was a +30, 56-26. That will be important against an Iowa team that beat the Hoosiers 81-75 a year ago in Iowa City in large part because of how badly it whipped IU on the glass. Iowa won the rebounding battle 42-25 last season, including a 15-6 edge on the offensive glass. They Hoosiers will have to be especially aware of Kurt Looby, who averaged a team-best 7.1 rebounds, and Cyrus Tate, who had six rebounds in just 14 minutes in Iowa's last game. Tate is averaging only 12.4 minutes/game, but is expected to have his role increase with Jarryd Cole lost for the season with an ACL injury. Cole was averaging 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 13 games.

QUOTABLES
"It's a tough physical league. Night in, night out, any team can beat any team. It's about focus, going into the game prepared. It's tough to win on the road in this league, but that's our goal – to win on the road. To win the league, we have to win on the road." – D.J. White

"We won on the road earlier this year and won in a tough environment at Southern Illinois. That's a start." – D.J. White

"I've seen (Iowa) play a couple of times. They remind me of us last year. A new coach, trying to get kids that have been there for awhile with another coach to learn a new system. You can tell they'll get better as they go along." – Kelvin Sampson

"The one thing I think we've established with this team this year is we're a good rebounding team." – Sampson

"We played better on the road last year than our record indicated. We won three road games – at Connecticut, at Penn State and at Northwestern – but in the six games in the league we lost, we led in the second half of all those games." – Sampson

DID YOU KNOW
In the last four years, Indiana has a losing record against four Big Ten teams - Iowa (1-5), Illinois (2-6), Minnesota (3-4) and Wisconsin (3-4)…two of Iowa's starters from a year ago are currently coming off the bench – Seth Gorney and Tony Freeman. Freeman suffered a broken bone in his foot during the exhibition season and has played in three of the last four games. He's coming off a 15-point, seven-rebound, four-assist effort against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday…Indiana product J.R. Angle is averaging 2.0 points off the bench, and 26 of his 32 shots this season have been from behind the 3-point arc…this game will mark the 400th men's basketball game played in Carver-Hawkeye Arena since it opened in 1983. Iowa owns a 314-85 (.745) record in the building, including a 15-8 record against Indiana…Todd Lickliter was 2-2 against Indiana while at Butler, beating the Hoosiers in his first season (2001) and last season (2006)…Eric Gordon's father, Eric Sr., played high school basketball at Indianapolis' North Central H.S. for Arlan Lickliter, the father of Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter…Iowa's Justin Johnson has made 43 3-pointers this season, this most of any player in the Big Ten. Ohio State's Jamar Butler ranks second with 37, following by Michigan State's Drew Neitzel (34), Northwestern's Craig Moore (32) and Indiana's Eric Gordon (31)…in his last eight games, D.J. White is averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2.8 blocks while recording seven double-doubles.

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