Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

Indiana closes the first half of the Big Ten regular season with a game that most believe represents their best chance at a Big Ten win this season. Iowa comes to town have lost three in a row and six out of seven dating back to its win over IU in January.…

Game Particulars: Indiana (5-15/0-8) vs. Iowa (12-10/2-7)
Indiana looks to end nearly two months of frustration Wednesday when it takes on a struggling Iowa team at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers have dropped a school-record 11 straight, and they recently wrapped up the program's first winless month of January since the 1963-64 season. Adding to the frustration is the fact IU has lost four Big Ten games by six points or less, including a conference-opening 65-60 setback in Iowa City. But if the Hoosiers are going to get their first Big Ten win, they'll need to do a better job against Iowa forward Cyrus Tate than they did last time out. Tate, who has missed the last six games with an ankle injury, made 16 of 17 shots on his way to a 22-point, 11-rebound performance against Indiana the first time around. He is expected to make his return to the court from an injury that he originally suffered Jan. 8 against Minnesota.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his first year as Indiana's head coach and 10th year overall. Crean owns a 195-111 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Iowa, meanwhile, is coached by former Butler Todd Lickliter, who is in his 2nd year with the Hawkeyes and eighth year overall. Lickliter owns a 25-31 mark at Iowa and a 156-90 mark overall.

The game will be televised by the Big Ten Network with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Shon Morris (color commentary) calling the match-up.

Indiana 2008-09 Schedule

Iowa 2008-09 Schedule

Indiana (5-15/0-8)
PG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 176, Fr.) – 8.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 40.2% FG shooting
SG – Devan Dumes (6-2, 195, Jr.) – 13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 36.8% 3 pt. shooting
WG - Nick Williams (6-4, 211, Fr.) – 8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 spg, 42.8% FG shooting
PF- Kyle Taber (6-8, 220, Sr.) 4.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 48.6% FG shooting
C – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 242, Fr.) – 11.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 50.6% FG shooting

Iowa (12-10/2-7 Big Ten)
PG- Jeff Peterson (6-0, 192, So.) – 10.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 37.5% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Matt Gatens (6-5, 215, Fr.) – 10.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 48.8% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Jake Kelly (6-6, 185, So.) – 9.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 34.&% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Aaron Fuller (6-6, 210, Fr.) – 4.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 30.2% 3 pt. shooting
PF – David Palmer (6-9, 240, Jr.) – 5.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 41.2% 3 pt. shooting

Indiana 2008-09 Statistics

Iowa 2008-09 Statistics

How much will Cyrus Tate play, and how effective will he be? – Surprisingly, the 6-8, 255-pound Tate is averaging a relatively pedestrian 7.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. But in the two team's first encounter, IU managed to make him look like a cross between Ed Horton and Greg Stokes (for those fans who are a bit longer in the tooth), as he made all six of his field goal attempts and 10-of-11 at the free-throw line on his way to a 22-point, 11-rebound performance in Iowa City. Tate was the difference in the Hawkeyes' five-point win last time, but he's missed the last six games with a badly sprained ankle that he suffered Jan. 8. He was expected to return to practice this week, although it was unclear exactly how much he'd be able to play. While he's often the beneficiary of some easy buckets due to penetration by Jeff Peterson, Tate is also the only player on Lickliter's roster that averages more than 4.2 rebounds/game. If the Hoosiers can keep Tate in check – or if his ankle prevents him from playing extended minutes – Crean's team should have an excellent shot at picking up its first Big Ten win.

Can Indiana's defense keep Iowa point guard Jeff Peterson from penetrating at will? - One of Tom Crean's biggest concerns about Iowa appears to be trying to figure out a way to keep Peterson from getting into the lane and creating for his teammates. The 6'0", 192-pound sophomore can slip past his initial defender and either drop the ball off to a big man for a layup or, kick it out to one of the Hawkeyes many perimeter shooters that can make shots from behind the 3-point arc. The assignment of keeping Peterson from doing just that will likely fall to junior Devan Dumes, Indiana's top perimeter defender. If Dumes isn't able to keep stay in front of Peterson, he'll be kicking the ball out to shooters like Matt Gatens, Jake Kelly and Devan Bawinkel, all of whom are capable of making shots. Nearly 50 percent of Iowa's field goal attempts this season have been from behind the 3-point arc, so if they're getting open looks it's not a good sign for the Hoosiers.

Can Indiana's bench play a big part in a Hoosier victory? - The Hoosiers might be winless in their last 11 outings, but one thing has changed noticeably as of late. After getting little to nothing from its reserves for much of the season, the Hoosiers' bench is averaging 25.3 points per game in the last three contests. That compares favorably to the 8.8 points/game the bench contributed in the first five games of the league slate, and it's the biggest reason why IU has gone from averaging 55.8 points/game in those first five Big Ten games to 74.0 points per game in the last three. If Matt Roth (14.7 points/game in the last three games), Malik Story (8.3/game) and Daniel Moore (1.0/game) can be significant contributors it would give IU a huge lift and a decided edge over the Hawkeyes.

"We're at maybe a tipping point – are we going to talk to one another on the floor and come out of these shells that we have, or are we going to just let it happen to us? I'm disgusted with the lack of communication that we have on the floor. There's no other way to put it…I'm not disgusted with them – I love working with these guys…but we have to quit shooting ourselves in the foot on things we can control." – IU Coach Tom Crean

"I'm really impressed with what (Indiana) has done. Everybody other than (Kyle) Taber – and he wants to be there – but everyone else came to IU because they want to be there and they want to play for Tom. So they're very committed, you see it in their effort. They're laying a great foundation." – Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter

"We are getting better, there's no doubt about it. But we have to start taking care of the things that we've been working on since day one." – Crean

"Tate going to try to go a little bit (in practice Tuesday)…he's still a little under the weather – it's not just the ankle. I think he'll be available – I've got my fingers crossed." – Lickliter

"(Roth) went 9-for- 11, and some of those were just barely in the building. We've watched him before, and we know he's a terrific shooter, he has great range. He's also very patient, so it's not like he's going to take bad shots if you crowd him. He'll wait." – Lickliter

"When you have great strengths, you need to be able to go to them. That will negate some things you're not as good at. (Roth's) an improving player, he's improving in a lot of areas, and he's been improving for some time, not just because he had four 3s and the 9 3s the other day. The biggest key for him is to start looking at the rim. He's doing that, and it's building his confidence." - Crean

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