Indiana vs. Michigan Gameday

No. 10/11 Indiana (12-1/1-0) faces Michigan (4-10/0-2) at 7 p.m. at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Hoosiers enter the game having won eight in a row, the program's longest winning streak since the 2002-03 squad opened the season 8-0. Michigan, meanwhile, has lost four in a row and eight of its last nine…

Game Particulars: Indiana (12-1/1-0) vs. Michigan (4-10/0-2)
Indiana will try to solidify its position atop the Big Ten standings with a second straight conference road win Tuesday when it takes faces Michigan and first-year Wolverine Coach John Beilein. The Hoosiers are trying to win their first two Big Ten road games for just the second time in the last 15 years (2002). They'll get a chance to do it at a venue where they've won four of their last five. The only setback was a year ago, when Michigan upended the Hoosiers 58-55.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 33-12 record in Bloomington and a 488-269 career mark. Michigan, meanwhile, is coached by John Beilein, who in his first season as the Wolverines' head coach and 31st season overall. Most recently, Beilein enjoyed a successful five-year run at West Virginia, going 104-60. Overall, Beilein is 555-328 in his career.

The game will be televised by ESPN with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Steve Lavin (color commentary) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2007-08 Schedule

Michigan 2007-08 Schedule

Indiana Hoosiers (12-1/0-0)
PG- Jordan Crawford (6-4, 195, Fr..) – 13.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 51% FG shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 23.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg, 43.4% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) 8.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 45.9% FG shooting
F – Mike White (6-6, 232, Sr.) 5.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 41.4% FG shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 16.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 64.5% FG shooting

Michigan (4-10/0-2)
PG- Kelvin Grady (5-11, 170, Fr.) – 6.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 47.7% FG shooting
SG – Manny Harris (6-5, 170, Fr.) – 16.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.6 spg, 26.4% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Ron Coleman (6-6, 210, Sr.) – 7.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 31.7% 3 pt. shooting
PF – DeShawn Sims (6-8, 225, So.) – 13.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 47.8% FG shooting
C- Ekpe Udoh (6-10, 240, So.) 5.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 bpg, 46.6% FG shooting

Indiana 2007-08 Statistics

Michigan 2007-08 Statistics

How many more minutes will A.J. Ratliff get, and how much more effective will he be?– Indiana's seemingly unending issues with backcourt depth continue, as Coach Kelvin Sampson said Armon Bassett is likely out with the bone chips in his ankle. His absence forces Jordan Crawford to once again assume the starting guard position, and his uncertain status for future games necessitates that IU get consistent production out of A.J. Ratliff. Ratliff returned to the floor against Iowa, but was understandably sluggish and winded during a two-point, 15-minute, five-foul debut. Sampson said Monday he'll force feed Ratliff minutes on Tuesday in an effort to get him up to speed quickly. If Bassett winds up being out for a significant amount of time, Eric Gordon could need to slide over and play more point guard as the season wears on, and that would be easier to do if Ratliff can move to the wing and be the same sort of consistent 3-point threat that he was a year ago.

Will Manny Harris try to upstage Hoosier freshman Eric Gordon? - When it comes to the spotlight on conference newcomers, IU freshman Eric Gordon is being tabbed as one of the top perimeter players to come into the league in recent memory. He's leading the conference in scoring at 23.5 points/game and has a legitimate chance to be the Big Ten Player of the Year as a freshman. While Michigan frosh Manny Harris hasn't generated anywhere near the buzz that Gordon has, he's leading the Wolverines in scoring (16.4), rebounding (4.6), assists (3.0) and steals (1.6) and would be a potential conference freshman of the year if it wasn't for Gordon. Harris could view this game – which will be played in front of a national TV audience - as an opportunity to show he should be more than the other freshman. If he chooses to do that, though, it will likely play into the Hoosiers' hands. Harris is shooting just 38 percent overall and 26 percent from 3-point range, so shot selection isn't always his forte.

Will Michigan manage to hand around early? - Michigan has had a lot of problems during its recent struggles, but one of the most glaring has been how it's struggled early on. During its current 1-8 run, the Wolverines have trailed at halftime in seven of the games, including double-digit deficits to Western Kentucky (13), Duke (18), Wisconsin (16) and Purdue (14). While Michigan wants to remedy that, Indiana wants to learn from what happened in Iowa City last Wednesday. A struggling, out-manned Iowa squad managed to hang around the with the Hoosiers early on, going into halftime tied 34-34. That kept the crowd into the game and the Hawkeyes as well. The first half will determine whether this is an easy win for the Hoosiers or a hard-fought, down-to-the-wire road contest.

"We have to get Armon Bassett back. For us to be as good as we can be, he needs to play for us. He's the most experienced (guard) for us…not having him is a blow for us, and I don't think we'll have him for the Michigan gane." – Kelvin Sampson

"We'll try to get (AJ) more minutes Tuesday. Just force feed him some minutes so he can get his feet wet, get back into the flow. The biggest thing is confidence. No matter how old you are, no matter how many years you've played, you have to get your confidence back. You can tell that's what is lacking about him right now." – Kelvin Sampson

"Usually when you have a young talent like (Gordon), there's usually something that's happened as a freshman when they come in. Maybe they're not shooting the ball well, they're not seeing the floor…I've seen him do all those things. He's got a lot of the elements that are more common for a sophomore or junior." – Michigan Coach John Beilein

A win would give the Hoosiers nine in a row, which would be the program's longest winning streak since they won 13 in a row during the 1992-93 season…Indiana's 26-game homecourt winning streak ranks fourth nationally behind Memphis (40), BYU (38) and Notre Dame (29)…With its 4-10 start, Michigan is off to its worst start in 25 years…former Penn State head coach Jerry Dunn is a member of Beilein's staff…the Wolverines will be playing their sixth ranked opponent when they take on the Hoosiers. Michigan has lost the previous five by an average of 19 points…this contest could include four freshman starting guards. Indiana is expected to start freshmen Eric Gordon and Jordan Crawford, while Michigan will start newcomer Manny Harris and either freshman Kelvin Grady or junior C.J. Lee…Michigan has had a player score 20 or more points six times this season. IU's Eric Gordon has done it 10 times individually. Top Stories