Indiana vs. No. 5 Gonzaga Gameday

Indiana (4-3) gets the honor of playing in the first-ever basketball game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium when it faces Gonzaga (5-0) at 1:30 p.m. But can the Hoosiers keep up with the Zags? previews a challenging match-up for Coach Tom Crean's squad…

Game Particulars: Indiana (4-3) at No. 5 Gonzaga (5-0)
The home of the Indianapolis Colts will play host to basketball for the first time this weekend when Indiana, Gonzaga, Notre Dame and Ohio State travel to Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium to play in the Hartford Hall of Fame Showcase. Indiana and Gonzaga square off in the first game Saturday at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Notre Dame-Ohio State match-up at 4 p.m. This will mark the third top-15 foe for Indiana this season, coming on the heels of losses to No. 9 Notre Dame (88-50) and No. 15 Wake Forest (83-58). It's also the first time Indiana and Gonzaga have met since 2006, when the Zags topped IU 70-57 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Mike Davis' last game as IU coach.

IU is now coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 194-99 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Gonzaga, meanwhile, is coached by Mark Few, who is in his 10th year at the helm of the program and owns a 236-60 career record.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Tom Hamilton (play-by-play) and John Lawkowski (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

Gonzaga 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (4-3)
PG- Daniel Moore (5-11, 167, Fr.) – 5.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg, 52.6% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 11.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 24.4% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Malik Story (6-5, 222, Fr.) – 6.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 37.2% FG shooting
SF – Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 9.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.0 spg, 48.3% FG shooting
C – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 14.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 59.0% FG shooting

Gonzaga (5-0)
PG- Jeremy Pargo (6-2, 220, Sr.) – 9.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.0 apg, 41.3% FG shooting
SG – Matt Bouldin (6-5, 224, Jr.) – 11.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg, 35% 3 pt. shooting)
SF – Micah Downs (6-8, 194, Sr) – 12.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 31.8% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Austin Daye (6-11, 200, So.) – 12.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 33.3% 3 pt. shooting
C- Josh Heytvelt (6-11, 260, Sr.) – 15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 bpg, 65.9% FG shooting

Indiana 2008-09 Final Statistics

Gonzaga 2008-09 Statistics

Can Indiana clean up its ball-handling? – Indiana figures to have the same hopes today as it did Wednesday against Wake Forest – figure out some way to stay close until the game's final 10 minutes. For that to happen IU's going to need to take much better care of the basketball. Indiana is turning the ball over 19.6 times/game, five more than anyone else in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers also have had at least 20 miscues in four of its last five game, including a season-high 26 against Wake Forest where IU's 15 first-half turnovers put it in a 16-point hole against the Demon Deacons. A certain number of turnovers are understandable, but careless turnovers have been too plentiful as of late. Poor angles on post feeds and telegraphed passes on the perimeter have been an issue lately, and the Hoosiers need to be better in avoiding the avoidable turnovers. Devan Dumes (27 turnovers), Daniel Moore (23) and Nick Williams (21) are all averaging 3.0 turnovers per game or more, and they'll be matched up against a Gonzaga team that forces 18.2 turnovers per game.

How will Indiana go about trying to keep Jeremy Pargo in check? - The senior point guard is only the Zags' sixth-leading scorer at 9.6 per game, but he'll be more than a handful for IU this afternoon. At 6'2" and 220 pounds he'll have more than 50 pounds on IU point guard Daniel Moore, and Pargo will use that to his advantage and attack off the dribble, get into the lane and either finish or create for his teammates. While Devan Dumes or Nick Williams might appear to be better match-ups physically, the fact Gonzaga starts a 6'5" shooting guard and a 6'8" wing makes it virtually impossible to put anyone other than 5'11" Moore on Pargo. Indiana will face plenty of size disadvantages this season, and today's game will be as big as any. Moore probably faces his toughest defensive assignment of the young season.

Will Verdell Jones be back on the floor? - The Hoosiers could certainly use the 6'5" guard against the Zags. Not only does he provide them with the sort of height that would make him a better match-up against a player such as 6'8" Micah Downs, but he'd also give Tom Crean another point guard to turn to for stretches. While Jones was starting at the wing the last couple of games before going down with an injury against Cornell, he does slide over and play the point at times when Moore needs a breather. Jones is also the only player on the team with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (15 assists, 11 turnovers), which would come in handy against the Zags.

Tighten the perimeter defense, much tighter – from Hoosierhoopster Gonzaga has several players who are strong beyond the arc - though their 3-point field goal percentages have not been exceptional so far this year, they are a dangerous shooting team. IU will have to play aggressive defense on the perimeter or Gonzaga will quickly establish a very successful inside-out and 3-point game. One of the tougher match-ups is Heytvelt, who, at 6'11", is himself shooting almost 55% from behind the arc.

"We've got to cut better. We have to throw the ball into the post and go cut and then replace. The other day, we had numerous opportunities for baskets in the Cornell game but we weren't looking for the ball." – Tom Crean

"(Wake Forest) wore us down. They wore us down mentally more than physically in the sense we got deflated when they were getting easy baskets. We had 17 layups and only gave up five (against Cornell)…and more of less it was flipped around (against Wake Forest)." – Crean

"The mental part of it right now is we have to get better about taking care of the ball. There are certain things physically we're not going to be able to change…but the bottom line is there are things we can change, and that's what we have to continue to tighten up the details of the game." - Crean

"I see one of the best teams in the country – but they've been one of the best programs in the country for the last 10, 12, 13 years, going back to when Dan Monson was coaching them. Back in the day they recruited over there level a little bit, and that turned them into the great level. I don't think you'd find any college coach or player who has competed against them that would look at them as anything other than one of the best programs in the country." – Crean

"The strength in this group is their balance, their versatility. They each bring something a little different to the table." – Gonzaga Coach Mark Few

"We really like (Pritchard) a lot. I like how skilled he is, I like his hands, he's a smart inside player which is what we've always had in the past. He'll be a handful for us on Saturday because of those qualities. The fact that he's young, he's going to get better and better and better. This year serves as a great opportunity to get a lot of reps and a lot of time in." - Few Top Stories