Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

No. 7/8 Indiana (16-1/5-0) looks to complete a season sweep of Iowa (9-10/2-3) Wednesday night when the two teams meet at 9 p.m. at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers are trying to keep pace with Wisconsin atop the Big Ten standings as the two teams gear up for a head-to-head match-up in Madison next week…

Game Particulars: Indiana (16-1/5-0) vs. Iowa (9-10/2-4)
There are still five Big Ten teams the Hoosiers have yet to play, but they'll be meeting Iowa for the second time Wednesday night at Assembly Hall. In the Big Ten opener earlier this month, Indiana opened a comfortable second-half lead and then withstood a 19-point barrage by Iowa's Justin Johnson in the game's final two minutes to escape Iowa City with a 79-76 victory. Since that time, the Hoosiers have extended their winning streak to 12 and have climbed to their highest national ranking since December of 2002.

IU is coached by Kelvin Sampson, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and owns a 37-12 record in Bloomington and a 492-269 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 140-70, and he guided Butler to the Sweet 16 in both 2003 and 2007.

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

Indiana 2007-08 Schedule

Iowa 2007-08 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana Hoosiers (16-1/5-0)
PG- Armon Bassett(6-1, 176, So.) – 10.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 50.9% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 22.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 42.5% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) 7.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 43.9% FG shooting
F – Mike White (6-6, 232, Sr.) 4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 40% FG shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 16.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.9 bpg, 63.3% FG shooting

Iowa (9-10/2-3)
PG- Tony Freeman (6-1, 190, Jr.) – 16.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 43.1% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Jake Kelly (6-6, 180, Fr.) – 6.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 39.5% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Justin Johnson (6-6, 190, Sr.) – 13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 35.8% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Cyrus Tate (6-8, 240, Jr.) – 6.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 65.6% FG shooting
C- Seth Gorney (7-0, 245, Sr.) 3.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 39.7% FG shooting

Indiana 2007-08 Statistics

Iowa 2007-08 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Can Justin Johnson and Tony Freeman hit enough 3s to keep the game close?– If Iowa is going to hang around with the Hoosiers, it's going to need Johnson and Freeman to get hot from behind the 3-point arc. While Iowa isn't an overly adept 3-point shooting team – evidenced by its 30.1 percent marksmanship during Big Ten play – both Johnson and Freeman are capable of getting hot. IU fans are well aware of Johnson, who has a Big Ten-best 59 3-pointers and was 8-of-13 from behind the arc in the two teams' earlier meeting. Freeman, meanwhile, is 14-of-27 from behind the 3-point arc Iowa's last three games and is averaging 22.5 points/game over the last four contests. If this duo can get hot, it can free up opportunities inside for Cyrus Tate (21 points, 11 rebounds vs. Michigan over the weekend), Seth Gorney and Kurt Looby. If Indiana can hold one of these two in check it should win comfortably, and if it can hold both under wraps it should wind up being blowout. But if both are on target, this has the potential of being closer than most people expect.

Was IU's second half against Penn State a sign of things to come? - On Sunday, the Hoosiers went the entire second half without making a substitution. D.J. White, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, Lance Stemler and Armon Bassett played the entire 20 minutes, while Mike White, A.J. Ratliff and DeAndre Thomas and Jordan Crawford didn't get back in the game. As Indiana gears up for a game that could be viewed as a final tune-up before a very difficult three-week stretch, Wednesday night's match-up should reveal if that was just a one-game aberration or a sign of things to come. The most notable absence from the floor in the second half was probably Crawford, who had scored in double figures in 10 of 13 games and played 20 minutes or more in 12 games before his seven-minute, zero-point effort Sunday. Odds are that all nine players will see action against Iowa, but it will be interesting to see if the minutes will be divvied up differently based on Sunday's game.

What kind of difficulty will Iowa's athletic big men give the Hoosiers? - Iowa doesn't have a go-to scorer on its frontline, but it does have a couple of very good athletes in Tate and Kurt Looby. The two combined for only 30 minutes in the first match-up with Indiana, but they totaled 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, made 10 trips to the free-throw line and 11 rebounds between them. With D.J. White expected to be matched up against 7'0" center Seth Gorney, it will be up to Mike White and Lance Stemler to tussle with Tate and Looby. One of the most important things will be getting a body on them when shots go up, as both are very good offensive rebounders. They're also threats on alley-oops and in-bounds plays where they can elevate over either White or Stemler.

QUOTABLES
"(on Johnson's six 3-pointers in the final two minutes in the two teams' first meeting) I don't know what you say – you pat him on the back say great shots…sometimes you have to tip your cap and say great shots." – IU Coach Kelvin Sampson

"(Johnson's) a terrific shooter. Lately they're playing him a lot tighter, but he's opening up things. We've been able to complement one another. We're getting a little more play inside, and playing off of him, Tony Freeman has had some openings." – Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter

"(on Tony Freeman) I think it's health, without question. We always think as soon as you come back you're ready, but there's an acclimation period…Tony is a terrific shooter, as is Justin. When we can find them and they can have a little bit of time, I have a lot of confidence in them." – Todd Lickliter

DID YOU KNOW
Indiana has been ranked in the first 12 AP polls this season, which is its longest streak since a 14-week run to open the 2005-06 season. The Hoosiers have a long way to go, though, to rival their longest run of consecutive weeks in the AP poll. From 1990-94, the Hoosiers were ranked in the top 25 73 consecutive weeks…Indiana's 16-1 start is its best since the 1990-91 season, while the team's 5-0 Big Ten mark is its best start since 1992-93…D.J. White has 11 double-doubles this season, but needs six more to crack IU's single-season top 10 in the category. The school's all-time record holder is Archie Dees, who had 23 double-doubles in 24 games during the 1957-58 campaign…Armon Bassett's 50.9 percent 3-point shooting leads the Big Ten. The last Hoosier to shoot 50 percent or better from behind the arc was Pat Graham, who shot 56.9 percent in 1994…Lance Stemler has made 9-of-14 3-point attempts during the last seven games, improving his 3-point shooting percentage from 28 percent to 40 percent…Iowa's Cyrus Tate has attempted more free throws than anyone in the Big Ten since league play started (45), but has made only 20.

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