Indiana vs. Michigan State Gameday

If Indiana is going to win at least a share of its first Big Tne title since 2002 it likely needs to win its final three regular season games. The toughest of those tests comes Sunday afternoon when it takes on Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich., where IU lost won in 1991…

Game Particulars: Indiana (24-4/13-2) vs. Michigan State (22-6/10-5)
Indiana might be 6-1 in Big Ten road games this season, but it faces its most difficult – and important - road test on the season at 2 p.m. Sunday when it takes on Michigan State at the Breslin Center. Indiana has lost 13 straight on the Spartans home court, easily the program's longest road losing streak against any Big Ten foe (Wisconsin has beaten IU seven straight in Madison). Michigan State is 16-0 home this season and has won 20 straight games on its home floor dating back to last season.

But if Indiana hopes to keep pace with Purdue and Wisconsin in the race for a Big Ten title, it likely needs to win its final three games beginning with the Spartans. As if Indiana's challenge wasn't daunting enough, Sunday will also be Senior Day for Spartan seniors Drew Neitzel and Drew Naymick.

IU is coached by Dan Dakich, who took over for Kelvin Sampson nine days ago. Dakich is 2-0 at IU and 158-140 in 10-plus seasons as a head coach. Michigan State, meanwhile, is coached by Tom Izzo, who is now in his 13th year in East Lansing and owns a 300-127 record.

The game will be televised by CBS with Dan Bonner (play-by-play) and Billy Packer (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2007-08 Schedule

Michigan State 2007-08 Schedule

Indiana Hoosiers (24-4/13-2)
PG- Armon Bassett(6-1, 176, So.) – 11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 48.7% 3 pt. shooting
SG- Eric Gordon (6-4, 205, Fr.) – 21.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 38.0% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jamarcus Ellis (6-5, 210, Jr.) – 7.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 406% FG shooting
F – Lance Stemler (6-8, 210, Sr.) - 4.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.7 spg, 33.3% 3 pt. shooting
F – D.J. White (6-9, 230, Sr.) – 17.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.6 bpg, 61.6% FG shooting

Michigan State Spartans (22-6/10-5)
PG- Kalin Lucas (6-0, 180, Fr.) 10.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 35.4% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Drew Neitzel (6-0, 185, Sr.) – 13.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 39.4% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Raymar Morgan (6-7, 225, So.) – 14.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 56.7% FG shooting
PF – Goran Suton (6-10, 245, Jr.) – 8.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 bpg, 52.7% FG shooting
C- Drew Naymick (6-10, 250, Sr.), 4.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 67.6% FG shooting

Indiana 2007-08 Statistics

Michigan State 2007-08 Statistics

Can Indiana limit Michigan State's second-chance opportunities?– There were plenty of reasons why Indiana managed to whip Michigan State by 19 two weeks ago in Bloomington, but one of the biggest was its ability to keep the Spartans off the offensive glass. Michigan State leads the Big Ten in rebounding margin and averages 12.7 offensive rebounds per game, but managed a season-low five offensive caroms in Bloomington. Michigan State's top four rebounders on the season - Goran Suton, Raymar Morgan, Drew Naymick, and Marquise Gray – combined for only one offensive rebound against the Hoosiers. As a result, MSU owned only an 11-9 edge in second-chance points, despite the absence of D.J. White from the game. Michigan State is 18-2 when it collects double digit offensive rebounds and only 4-4 when it doesn't, so if IU can once again manage to limit the Spartans' second-chance looks it will have a chance to collect its first win at the Breslin Center in 17 years.

Will Michigan State be as generous with the ball as it was in Bloomington? - Michigan State's undoing in Bloomington was 19 turnovers that led to 19 Indiana second-chance points in the Hoosiers' 19-point win. Some of Michigan State's problems were as a result of IU's defensive pressure, but plenty of it was also because of the Spartans' carelessness with the ball. Will the Spartans have problems with turnovers once again? Spartan Coach Tom Izzo was livid with the miscues following the loss to Indiana, calling them "inexcusable." Since that game, Michigan State has turned it over only 18 times in the last three games (7 vs. Penn State, 5 vs. Iowa, 6 vs. Wisconsin). Drew Neitzel has zero turnovers in his last three games (81 total minutes), while the Spartans' other primary ball-handlers, Kalin Lucas and Travis Walton, have only two and three turnovers, respectively.

Can D.J. White produce one of his biggest games in one of the most important games of his IU career? - Indiana pounded Michigan State in Bloomington with D.J. White missing the final 25 minutes with a knee injury. That isn't about to happen again. Indiana will need the likely Big Ten Player of the Year on the floor and at his best if the Hoosiers are going to prevail. It's Senior Day in East Lansing, and Michigan State is trying to make a statement after a disappointing Big Ten run that saw it slip from Big Ten favorite to also-ran after IU, Purdue and Wisconsin. With that in mind, Indiana will be counting on a 20-10 sort of game from White, who will have plenty of formidable defenders matched up against him. Spartan center Drew Naymick is one of the league's better shot blockers, while Marquise Gray has the size and athleticism to defend White as well.

"D.J. White would have to be my vote for (Big Ten Player of the Year)…he's done it in three or four ways. He's become a better offensive player, he's become much more physical and demanding of the ball inside which gets him to the free-throw line more, he's become a better rebounder, and he's become a better leader. So if you put all those things together…he might even be a runaway for it." – Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo

"They have really good players and a really good coach, and it starts with that. I think, first and foremost, what coach Izzo has done there is one of the truly great stories over the last 15 years or so in college basketball. Those two things, the players he has recruited and the way he has gone about coaching makes it difficult (to play up there). It's difficult to play Michigan State up there and it's difficult to play Michigan State here. Michigan State is one of the elite programs in America, so that makes it hard. And they have a great facility with great fans. So you combine all those and that makes them pretty good." – IU Coach Dan Dakich

"I'm not so sure how much one game two weeks ago affects the game now. They know that we beat them and we know that we beat them. So what that means is `are they going to play harder?' and are we going to be thinking `we beat them last time, we'll beat them this time.' That can't enter the equation from our standpoint. This has to be a game we understand is tough and we get prepared for and play as hard and well as we possibly can and go up there and fight." - Dakich

""The atmosphere, like I've said before it's one of the toughest places, there and the Kohl Center, to play in the Big Ten. The student section is right on the court, it's very loud and that makes it difficult for you to here in there and play. Michigan State is at their best when playing at home." – D.J. White

"It's one of the best atmospheres in college basketball. I think their interior depth and their guard play will give anyone in the country match-up problems." – Armon Bassett

DID YOU KNOW… The home team has won the last seven meetings in the IU-MSU series…Drew Naymick owns the Spartans' career record in blocked shots with 126. That total would rank only ninth on IU's all-time list, which is headed by Jeff Newton (227)…while Michigan State committed only six turnovers in its 57-42 loss at Wisconsin, the Badgers did them even better, committing only one…Drew Neitzel is a career 50 percent 3-point shooter against IU, making 12-of-24 during his career…Tom Izzo won his 300th career game at MSU last week, making him one of only eight coaches to win at 300 games at a Big Ten school. He trails IU's Bob Knight (661), Purdue's Gene Keady (512), Illinois' Lou Henson (423), Purdue's Ward Lambert (371), IU's Branch McCracken (364), MSU's Jud Heathcote (340), and Illinois' Harry Combes (316) on the list…Spartan freshman Kalin Lucas is averaging 11.8 points/game during the last 18 games and has led the Spartans in scoring six times…Michigan State's 20-game homecourt win streak is the program's longest since it won 53 straight from November 1998 – January 2002…MSU is only 5-of-26 from 3-point range in its last two games…D.J. White has 17 double-doubles this season, which ranks eighth on IU's all-time single season list. The school's all-time mark is 23, set by Archie Dees in 1957-58…Indiana has an outside chance of having players rank 1-2 in the Big Ten in both scoring and rebounding. Eric Gordon (21.4 ppg) and D.J. White (17.1 ppg) are 1-2 in scoring, while White (10.4 rpg) and Jamarcus Ellis (7.1 rpg) are 1-3 in rebounding. Michigan State's Goran Suton is second in rebounding with 8.1/contest. Top Stories