Indiana vs. IUPUI Gameday

IUPUI lost its top player from a year ago, George Hill to the NBA, and it's missing its best player this season due to a broken hand. But Coach Ron Hunter's team still figures to give Indiana fits in the second all-time meeting between the two schools…

Game Particulars: Indiana (1-0) vs. IUPUI (1-1)
For the second time in three years, Indiana and IUPUI will tangle on the hardwood. Jaguars' coach Ron Hunter had long lobbied for a chance to square off with the Hoosiers, and IU finally gave him that chance two years ago. Indiana ripped IUPUI 86-57 on Dec. 22, 2006, at Conseco Fieldhouse in Kelvin Sampson's debut season, and now IU Coach Tom Crean will try to do the same Tuesday night at Assembly Hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 191-96 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. IUPUI, meanwhile, is coached by Ron Hunter, who is in his 15th year at the Summit League school and owns a 233-181 career mark. That includes a 26-7 record last season.

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

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

IUPUI 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (1-0)
PG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 176, Fr.) – 18.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 3.0 spg, 36.4% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 21.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 50% 3pt. shooting
WG – Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 6.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 spg, 40% FG shooting
PF – Kyle Taber (6-8, 220, Sr.) – 4.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 33.3% FG shooting
C – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 13.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 62.5% FG shooting

IUPUI (1-1)
PG- John Ashworth (6-3, 195, So.) – 1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 apg, 12.5% FG shooting
SG – Leroy Nobles (6-5, 185, So.) – 10.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 40% 3 pt. shooting
WF – Alex Young (6-5, 195, Fr.) – 16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 52.2% FG shooting
PF – Robert Glenn (6-7, 195, Jr.) – 12.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 75% FG shooting
C- Billy Pettiford (6-7, 220, Jr.) – 4.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 36.4% FG shooting

Indiana 2008-09 Final Statistics

IUPUI 2008-09 Statistics

Will Indiana do a better job on the boards than its last time out? – In the two days leading up to the IUPUI contest, rebounding figures to be a point of emphasis for Crean. The Hoosiers were out-rebounded 53-41 by Northwestern State, including a 27-14 edge on the offensive glass. Admittedly Northwestern State's 31.9 percent field goal shooting contributed to an abundance of offensive rebounding opportunities, but the bottom line is there were 54 offensive rebounding opportunities for Northwestern State, and it corralled the board 27 times (50 percent). That's a number Indiana must improve upon moving forward. Things don't figure to be any easier this time out, as Indiana will be facing an IUPUI team that out-rebounded Michigan Tech 47-25 in its most recent outing. Indiana actually got 24 rebounds out of its starting frontcourt of Tom Pritchard, Nick Williams and Kyle Taber last time out, but its backcourt has to do a better job of chipping in on the glass as well.

How much zone defense will Indiana play? - The Hoosiers have relied primarily on its man-to-man defense early on, but they've sprinkled in some zone defense as well in each of the exhibition games and in the opener against Northwestern State. IU figures to play some zone against the Jaguars, who have struggled badly from behind the 3-point arc this season. In two games IUPUI is shooting just 14 percent from deep, making only 4-of-28 attempts. That's a huge drop-off from last season when the led the country in 3-point shooting (42.3 percent). Coach Ron Hunter's team is relying on senior guard Gary Patterson to provide much of the perimeter punch this season, but the 5-10, 175-pounder broke his left hand Oct. 28 and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks of action. Patterson shot 44.5 percent from 3-point range a year ago (93-of-209) and hit 11 3-pointers on his way to 37 points against Southern Utah. His 149 career 3s ranks fifth on IUPUI's all-time list.

Could this be the game when Matt Roth gets hot? - The freshman shooting guard has been relatively quiet in IU's three non-intrasquad games, averaging less than four shots in 19 minutes per game. He came off the bench against Northwestern State and was a bit more aggressive than in the two exhibition games, going 2-for-5 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line for nine points in 20 minutes. While Roth certainly doesn't figure to lead this team in scoring this season and probably won't lead it in 3-pointers, he is their best pure shooter and needs to be a consistent offensive contributor. Fellow guards Devan Dumes, Verdell Jones and Malik Story can get hot from deep, but Roth is the best of the bunch when he gets squared up and gets a good look. He attempted four 3-pointers against Northwestern State and had a couple go in-and-out, and he could be poised for his first double-digit performance against IUPUI.

"I think improved rebounding would be a big step (against IUPUI). They're a very good offensive rebounding team, scoring a high percentage of their offensive rebounds. We'll have to have good ball security because they're very quick handed. They're aggressive, athletic. They remind me of our last Marquette team with how quick their hands are, how they get down to the post, the way they play the passing lanes." – Tom Crean

"We need to do our best to have these guy understand it truly is one day at a time which leads to one game at a time, and not spend too much time looking back, and certainly can't spend any time looking forward." – Crean

"(on being a different IUPUI team this year vs. the team Crean's Marquette team played last year) Somewhat, but a lot of the guys are there, and they're a year older and very aggressive. It's a situation where George Hill was so good, but one of the things he did was make his teammates better. They have a lot of quality players. They're a very good program. Quick and athletic and aggressive, very good defensively. They run excellent stuff offensively, they really attack off the dribble well. Our team defense is going to be really tested." - Crean

This marks the second straight season that Tom Crean's team will play IUPUI just before departing for Maui. Last season Crean's 11th-ranked Marquette squad broke open a close game late to beat IUPUI 76-68. IUPUI actually led the game 48-43 with 13 minutes left…No team in the country lost a higher percentage of its point production from a year ago than IU, but IUPUI also lost more than 50 percent of its scoring from a year ago, and that number approaches 70 percent if Patterson (12.9 ppg in '08) is unable to go with his broken hand. The loss of NBA first-round pick George Hill is the biggest loss, and why IUPUI was only picked fourth in the Summitt League's preseason poll…speaking of Hill, he became the second player ever from the Mid-Con/Summitt League to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft. The first was former Valparaiso guard Bryce Drew…former Purdue player Austin Parkinson is the third assistant on Coach Ron Hunter's staff. Parkinson joined the staff in the off-season after most recently serving as the Director of Basketball Operations for Dane Fife at IPFW…Indiana committed more turnovers in its most recent game (23) than IUPUI has forced in its first two games combined (18)…IUPUI freshman Larry Stone and IU freshman Daniel Moore were teammates on the Indiana All-Star team last summer.

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