Indiana vs. Lipscomb Gameday

Atlantic Sun Conference foe Lipscomb travels to Assembly Hall tonight for a 6 p.m. match-up against Indiana. It will be the final non-conference tune-up for the Hoosiers before the start of the Big Ten season, which opens on Saturday in Iowa City against Iowa…

Game Particulars: Indiana (5-6) vs. Lipscomb (4-6)
Indiana looks for just its second win in the month of December as it closes the regular season against Atlantic Sun Conference foe Lipscomb Sunday at 6 p.m. at Assembly Hall. After going 4-2 during the month of November, the Hoosiers have struggled in December with double-digit losses to Wake Forest, Gonzaga, Kentucky and Northeastern. Their lone win was a 10-point win against TCU Dec. 10. They'll face a Lipscomb team that has lost two straight and four of six this month, with its last win coming Dec. 9 against SIU-Edwardsville.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 195-102 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Lipscomb, meanwhile, is coached Scott Sanderson, who is in his 10th year with the Bison and 13th year overall. Sanderson owns a 150-131 mark at Lipscomb and a 234-156 mark overall.

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

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

Lipscomb 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (5-6)
PG- Daniel Moore (5-11, 167, Fr.) – 4.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 41.7% FG shooting
SG- Devan Dumes (6-2, 188, Jr.) – 13.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 28.2% 3 pt. shooting
WG - Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 8.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 18.2% 3 pt. shooting
F – Kyle Taber (6-8, 220, Sr.) – 4.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, 51.4% FG shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 13.0 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 57.6% FG shooting

Lipscomb (4-6/1-1 A-Sun)
PG- Michael Lusk (6-3, 180, Sr.) – 6.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.4 apg, 45.8% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Jimmy Oden (6-3, 185, So.) – 8.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.3 spg, 43.8% FG shooting
SF – Michael Teller (6-5, 190, So.) – 9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 31.1% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Brandon Brown (6-7, 200, So.) – 10.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 0.7 apg, 53.4% FG shooting
C – Adnan Hodzic (6-9, 245, So.) – 14.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 58.0% FG shooting

Indiana 2008-09 Final Statistics

Lipscomb 2008-09 Statistics

Which team does a better job of staying away from the 3-point shot? – Neither of these two teams have had much success to speak of from behind the 3-point arc. Indiana ranks 257th out of 330 Division I-A teams with a 29.1 percent success rate, while Lipscomb is even worse at 26.2 percent, ranking the Bison 312th. The only Hoosier who is shooting better than 30 percent is Matt Roth (39.1 percent), while Michael Lusk's 45.8 percent shooting (11-of-24) from deep makes him Northeastern's only player who is above 31 percent. Both teams are going to have more success if they work it in to their big men and try to generate offense that way. In Indiana's case that means Tom Pritchard, who ranks second on the team in scoring (13.0) and is shooting 57.6 percent from the floor. For Northeastern that's Adnan Hodzic, the team's leading scorer (14.0) and rebounder (7.8).

What kind of luck will IU have in slowing down Adnan Hodzic? - The 6-9, 245-pound Hodzic is from Sarajevo, Bosnia, but tonight's game is still a Homecoming of sorts. Hodzic played alongside former Hoosier Eric Gordon and current IU player Steven Gambles at Indianapolis' North Central H.S., where he averaged 14 points and seven rebounds as a senior on a team that advanced to the state final. Hodzic scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds in that state championship game, which was won by Purdue sophomore E'Twaun Moore's East Chicago squad, 87-83. Hodzic has gone on to be a highly-productive player at Lipscomb. A member of the Atlantic-10's All-Freshman team a year ago, Hodzic has been even better as a sophomore. He's scored in double figures in seven straight games, including a 25-point effort his last time out against Elon. He's also had double figure rebounds in three of his last five games. He's capable of going for 20-plus against the Hoosiers, and if that happens this game figures to be a lot closer than IU fans would like.

Will there be any sort of adjustments to the starting line-up or rotation? - For the second straight game, it's worth watching to see what changes – if any – Tom Crean will make when distributing the minutes Sunday night. Indiana is coming off its worst outing of the season, an uninspired 55-42 loss to Northeastern that established a new mark for offensive futility by an IU basketball team in Assembly Hall. That didn't sit well with Crean, and he's had six days to either address it with the players who are getting the minutes or to give some minutes to some new faces. Unfortunately for Crean, there aren't a whole lot of options. He did play Broderick Lewis against Northeastern, but he played only three minutes and didn't record a stat. IU's bench players scored only two points and committed eight turnovers in a combined 55 minutes against Northeastern. Both of those points came from Verdell Jones, who committed five turnovers in 20 minutes and is still trying to re-emerge as a primary scoring option like he appeared to be before the injury.

"Right now the biggest thing is that we continue to understand that out toughness is going to come through the process of building fundamentals and through competition. The more that we can do that on a daily basis through practice and the more confidence we can gain in practice, will hopefully lead to confidence in games." – Tom Crean

"(Lipscomb) really pushes the ball up the floor and they seal on the post as well as anyone we have played. On the break and inside of their offense, they do an excellent job of reversing the basketball, playing inside-out and finding the people they want to have the ball and at the same time they do a very good job of isolating and driving the ball so we are going to have to be in tune defensively with one another and our communication is going to have to be high and we are going to have to do an excellent job of keeping the ball out of scoring areas that they want as much as we possibly can which is easier said than done because they are a very good team and they are very well coached." – Crean

"We want to come out and play great defense. We know that we are going to have to bring our best competitive effort every night." – Devan Dumes

Lipscomb is 1-5 on the road this season, with the only win coming at North Florida, 69-54. Lipscomb has lost the other five by an average of 10.6 points…in addition of Hodzik, starting forward Michael Teller is also a Hoosier native. Teller played at Lafayette McCutcheon H.S., where he averaged 18.5 points and 7.3 rebounds as a senior…Lipscomb Coach Scott Sanderson is the son of former Alabama coach Wimp Sanderson…Indiana has slipped to 327th out of 330 Division I in turnovers with 20.1/game. The Hoosiers have had 20 or more turnovers in five of their last six games and eight games overall…Devan Dumes is averaging 15.8 points/game in his last four games, elevating him to a team-best 13.2 points overall…Tom Pritchard is averaging 13.0 points and 8.2 rebounds overall, but that jumps to 16.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in IU's five home games.

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