Game Particulars: Indiana (4-2) at No. 15 Wake Forest (6-0)
Indiana will have a challenge to say the least Wednesday night when it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to take on No. 15 Wake Forest at 7:15 p.m. as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana is 3-4 all-time in the event, having posted wins in 2001 (North Carolina), 2002 (Maryland) and 2007 (Georgia Tech). This marks the second time the Hoosiers have played at Wake Forest in the event, and they are hoping for a very different result than the last time out – a 100-67 loss in 2003. While Indiana has nearly an entire new roster from a year ago, Wake Forest returns all five starters from a team that went 17-13 a year ago.
IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 194-98 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Wake Forest, meanwhile, is coached by Dino Gaudio, who is in his second year at the helm of the program and owns a 23-13 career record.
The game will be televised by ESPN with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Jimmy Dykes (color commentary)and Jeannine Edwards (sideline reporter) calling the match-up.
Indiana 2008-09 Schedule
Wake Forest 2008-09 Schedule
PG- Daniel Moore (5-11, 167, Fr.) – 4.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 57.1% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 12.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 24.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Malik Story (6-5, 222, Fr.) – 5.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 38.7% FG shooting
SF – Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 spg, 51.1% FG shooting
C – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 15.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg, 64.8% FG shooting
Wake Forest (6-0)
PG- Jeff Teague (6-2, 180, So.) – 21.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 57.1% 3 pt. shooting
SG – L.D. Williams (6-4, 210, Jr.) – 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 spg, 0% 3 pt. shooting (0-8)
SF – Al-Farouq Aminu (6-9, 215, Fr.) – 13.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 60.4% FG shooting
PF – James Johnson (6-9, 245, So.) – 15.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg, 52.2% FG shooting
C- Chas McFarland (7-0, 235, Jr.) – 10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, 60% FG shooting
Indiana 2008-09 Final Statistics
Wake Forest 2008-09 Statistics
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Will Indiana be able to avoid getting dominated on the glass – Tom Pritchard has Indiana's only two double-doubles this season, with those two coming in the season's first two games. Contrast that to Wake Forest, which had three players get double-doubles in the last game alone. The Demon Deacons are long, athletic, and they'll pulverize Indiana on the backboards if Tom Crean's team isn't careful. Freshman Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging a team-best 9.5 rebounds and has already posted three double-digit rebounding efforts in six career games. He'll have a big edge in both athleticism and size at the small forward position. James Johnson and Chas McFarland, meanwhile, will have similar advantages at their respective spots on the floor. Wake Forest out-rebounded Baylor by 24 in its most recent contest and is out-doing its foes by an average of 10.2 rebounds/game overall. Indiana will have a hard enough time keeping Coach Dino Gaudio's team from scoring on its first attempt, but if Wake gets a slew of second-chance opportunities it could be a very long night for Coach Tom Crean's troops.
What sort of tempo will this game be played at? - There will come a day and time when Tom Crean wants to play a wide-open, up-tempo brand of basketball at Indiana. But with this year's team going on the road for the first time this season, Wednesday night in Winston-Salem isn't that time. Wake Forest is averaging 86.7 points/game and will look to attack the Hoosiers in transition at every opportunity. The Demon Deacons average better than 20 fastbreak points per game, led by sophomore point guard Jeff Teague. The Indianapolis Pike product – who strongly considered playing for IU before eventually picking Wake – is quick with the ball and will attack the rim in transition. Indiana needs to avoid the things that lead to fastbreak opportunities – such as turnovers and long rebounds on missed 3-pointers – if it's going to take that element away from its ACC foe.
Will Indiana get into the zone…on both ends of the floor? - Offensively, the Hoosiers will need to have a similar sort of shooting effort as they've had in the last two games when they shot 58.8 percent against Chaminade and 55.3 percent against Cornell. Defensively, the Hoosiers figure to play as much zone as they've played this season. In six games Wake Forest has made only 17 3-pointers, with eight of those coming from Teague. Other than Teague, the rest of the team is a combined 9-of-47 from behind the 3-point arc. Don't be surprised to see Indiana settle into a zone in the halfcourt and see if Wake Forest can knock down enough perimeter shots to draw them out into man-to-man. The Deacons are certainly better shooters than their 27.9 percent 3-point shooting would indicate, but Indiana has to pick its poison.
"Wake Forest is playing at a very high level…Jeff Teague, from what I've read and seen, he's playing as well as any guard in the country." – Tom Crean
"This will probably be not only one of the taller teams but the longer teams we'll play this season. We have to be cognizant of that. We're not a real long team. Sometimes when we throw passes in practice they don't get stolen like the do in games." – Crean
"The lights get that much brighter on the road, and we have to be that much more locked into playing the right way – sharing the basketball, continuing to make the next pass. There's no Eric Gordon or D.J. White that is going to go in and be able to carry the load…as well as some of our guys are playing, there's nobody that's going to go in and just dominant a road game for us." - Crean
"Our blockouts are going to have to be that much better. They're going to have to be that much more thorough. We're going to have to initiate contact. We're not going to be able to arm block out…we'll be tested. The Wake Forest guys and the Gonzaga guys, they're not going to get tips, they're going to get tip dunks. If we stand and wait for the contact to come to us, we may not even feel the contact. They'll go up and over us. If we go and meet bodies, that gives us a better chance to have a fighting chance to get the rebound."
The Big Ten has never won the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, having lost 56 of 86 games in the tourney's nine years. During the last five years the ACC owns a 36-15 edge…only 16 percent of Wake Forest's field goal attempts have been from 3-point range, compared to 32 percent a year ago…the Demon Deacons rank 11th nationally in both scoring offense (86.7) and scoring margin (+21.8)…Wake Forest is 7-1 all-time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, compared to IU's 3-4 mark…While Indiana returned one percent of its point production from a year ago, Wake Forest returned 98.9 percent of its scoring, 97.1 percent of its rebounding, 98.6 percent of its assists and 97.5 percent of its minutes from last season…deflections are an important stat to IU coach Tom Crean, and thru six games Nick Williams leads the squad in the category with 38. Devan Dumes is second with 31, followed by Malik Story with 23…Daniel Moore leads IU with four assists/game and has led the team in the category in each of the past five games.
Indiana vs. Wake Forest Gameday
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