Indiana vs. TCU Gameday

After traveling away from home for a couple of match-ups against top-15 teams last week, Indiana (4-4) returns to Assembly Hall tonight at 8 p.m. to face TCU (7-3). The Horned Frogs enter the game riding a six-game winning streak, while IU eyes its fourth straight homecourt win…

Game Particulars: Indiana (4-4) vs. Texas Christian (7-3)
Indiana and TCU square off Wednesday at 8 p.m., marking the first time the two schools have met since 1993 and the first time the Horned Frogs have traveled to Bloomington since 1950. The Hoosiers will be looking to remain perfect at home this season, while TCU eyes its seventh consecutive victory after a 1-3 start. Indiana has had a great deal of success against Mountain West Conference teams in years past, owning a 12-1 all-time record. The lone setback came in 1994 when IU lost to Utah 77-72 in the Maui Invitational.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 194-100 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. TCU, meanwhile, is coached by first-year coach Jim Christian, who was 138-58 in six years at Kent State before taking over the Horned Frogs program in the off-season.

The game will be televised by ESPN2 with Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

TCU 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (4-4)
PG- Daniel Moore (5-11, 167, Fr.) – 4.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 43.5% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 12.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 26.5% (13-of-49) 3 pt. shooting
WG - Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 8.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 45.2% FG shooting
F – Kyle Taber (6-8, 220, Sr.) – 3.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 50% FG shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 14.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 bpg, 59.7% FG shooting

Texas Christian (7-3)
PG- Jason Ebie (6-1, 175, Jr.) – 6.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.7 apg, 35.2% FG shooting
SG – Keion Mitchem (5-10, 160, Jr.) – 4.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 35% (7-of-20) 3 pt. shooting
WG – Edvinas Ruzgas (6-6, 200, Jr.) – 11.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 0.6 apg, 42.6% (23-of-54) 3 pt. shooting
PF – Kevin Langford (6-8, 245, Sr.) – 13.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 48.2% FG shooting
C- Zvonko Buljan (6-9, 220, Jr.) – 10.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 53.8% FG shooting

Indiana 2008-09 Final Statistics

Texas Christian 2008-09 Statistics

Will Indiana try to speed up the tempo against the Horned Frogs? – In Saturday's game against Gonzaga, IU Coach Tom Crean said his team couldn't afford to get into a track meet with the Zags and instead needed to turn the game into a tractor pull. But IU might look to be a little more up tempo against Coach Jim Christian's team. During TCU's six-game winning streak, it has held all of its foes to less than 55 points and five of the six to less than 50. They've forced foes to score their points in the halfcourt, and those six opponents have shot a combined 38.9 percent from the field and 20.2 percent from behind the 3-point arc. While this game still figures to be played in the 50s or low 60s, Indiana wants to create some easy baskets when fastbreak opportunities present themselves. This game figures to be a close one, and whichever team has more luck getting some easy baskets figures to have an edge.

Could Tom Pritchard be in for a big game? - It's become clear in the season's first eight games that the Hoosiers' freshman forward is the most important part of the offensive attack. Not only is he averaging a team-best 14.0 points per game and shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor, but he's also an adept passer who is capable of finding cutters for easy baskets or locating open jump shooters from behind the 3-point arc. He'll play a very big role in IU's success every game this season, but he has an especially good shot at a big game against TCU. Unlike Saturday's foe Gonzaga, the Horned Frogs don't have any legitimate shot-blockers on its frontline that will keep Pritchard from getting shots Wednesday night. While Langford and Buljan are 6'8" and 6'9", respectively, they've combined for only three blocked shots all season, and TCU has only eight blocked shots as a team. This could result in one of Pritchard's better games of the young season.

Can Indiana make some progress with its ball security? - Indiana has turned the ball over 20 or more times in five of its last six games, and its 20.3 turnovers/game on the season ranks 327th out of 330 Division I-A teams. While Indiana has made great strides in a variety of areas during the season's first eight games, the turnovers is the most glaring area of concern. Texas Christian, meanwhile, is forcing teams into 16.7 turnovers per game, including five foes that have committed at least 20 turnovers. It's going to be up to Daniel Moore (7 turnovers against Gonzaga) and and Devan Dumes (7 turnovers against Wake Forest), in particular, to take better care of the basketball.

Get Off to a Good Start– from JohnsonIU IU must get off to a good start to get the crowd involved early. As the Zags game proved, the longer we hang around, the more confidence we'll play with. Though not as long as Wake and Gonzaga, TCU still has some size inside, so Pritchard must stay out of foul trouble. I would like to see us continue mixing up our defenses as that will help protect Pritchard and hopefully keep TCU from getting into any sort of rythym on offense.

Former IU assistant coach Rob Senderoff was on current TCU Coach Jim Christian's staff at Kent State before he was hired by Kelvin Sampson 2 ½ years ago. Senderoff – who was recently hit with a three-year "show cause" order by the NCAA - has since returned to Kent State where he's working on Geno Ford's staff. Ford and Senderoff were assistants together on Christian's TCU staff…Christian is one of three active coaches to record at least 20 wins in each of his seasons as head coach along with Ohio State's Thad Matta and Gonzaga's Mark Few…Christian was also an assistant coach on the Kent State staff in 2002, a squad that lost to IU in the South Regional Final in Lexington for a spot in the Final Four…TCU ranks 14th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 26 percent. Indiana, meanwhile, ranks 240th nationally in 3-point shooting at 29.9 percent…Tom Pritchard's 3.5 offensive rebounds/game leads all players in the Big Ten, and his 14.0 points and 7.4 rebounds is tops among Big Ten freshmen…after recording 24 fast-break points in its season-opening win against Northwestern State, Indiana has a high of just 12 fastbreak points in its last seven games. In last week's losses to Wake Forest and Gonzaga, IU was outscored 28-8 in fastbreak points…Tom Crean has actually had a tough time with TCU teams during his career. Crean was just 2-4 in six games against TCU when he was coaching at Marquette. The two teams were formerly members of Conference USA before Marquette joined the Big East and TCU joined the Mountain West Conference.

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