Indiana vs. Iowa Gameday

Fresh off of its first back-to-back wins in the Big Ten since the 2007-08 season, Indiana looks to make it three in a row Sunday at 6 p.m. when it hosts Iowa at Assembly Hall. Hoosier Nation previews the game, complete with match-ups, statistics, keys to the game, and quotes from both players and coaches about the contest…

Game Particulars: Indiana (9-9/3-3) vs. Iowa (7-12/1-5)
On Feb. 4, 2009, Devan Dumes' 27 points and 8-of-9 shooting led Indiana to a 68-60 win over Iowa at Assembly Hall in what proved to be the Hoosiers' lone Big Ten win in 18 tries. Now the two teams meet again, and this time the Hoosiers are looking for their fourth conference victory overall and their third straight. Picked in the preseason to finish near the bottom of the conference standings along with Iowa, Indiana has surprised many by going 3-3 in the early goin despite the loss of Maurice Creek. Iowa, meanwhile, has lived up (or down) to its preseason billing. The Hawkeyes lone win came at home against Penn State, and they suffered embarrassing non-conference setbacks against the likes of Texas-San Antonio, Duquesne, and Northern Iowa. They have played better as of late, though, winning two out of three with the lone loss being a seven-point decision at Michigan State.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and 11th year overall. Crean owns a 205-130 career mark and led Marquette to the NCAA Tournament five times. Iowa, meanwhile, is coached by Todd Lickliter, who is in his third season at Penn State and in his ninth year as a head coach overall. Lickliter owns a 35-48 mark at Iowa, and a 166-109 record overall.

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

Indiana 2009-10 Schedule

Iowa 2009-10 Schedule

PROBABLE STARTERS
Indiana (9-9/3-3)
PG- Jeremiah Rivers (6-5, 214, Jr.) – 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 4.3 apg, 39.3% FG shooting
SG- Jordan Hulls (6-0, 172, Fr.) – 5.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 38.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Verdell Jones (6-5, 183, So.) – 13.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 22.5% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Christian Watford (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.7 apg, 43.2% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Tom Pritchard (6-9, 248, So.) – 4.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 20.4 mpg, 62.1% FG shooting

OFF THE BENCH:
Derek Elston (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 5.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 0.9 spg, 14.4 mpg, 47.7% FG shooting
Devan Dumes (6-2, 192, Sr.) – 6.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 17.2 mpg, 34.4% 3 pt. shooting
Bobby Capobianco (6-9, 238, Fr.) – 1.9 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.3 apg, 10.5 mpg, 41.7% FG shooting

Iowa (7-12/1-5)
PG – Cully Payne (6-1, 190, Fr.) – 8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 34.6% 3 pt. shooting
SG – Matt Gatens (6-5, 215, So.) – 13.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 35.0% 3 pt. shooting
SF – Eric May (6-5, 225, Fr.) – 8.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 bpg, 26.7% 3 pt. shooting
PF – Aaron Fuller (6-6, 230, So.) – 7.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.7 apg, 49.5% FG shooting
C- Jarryd Cole (6-7, 250, Jr.) - 8.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.5 apg, 60.7% FG shooting

OFF THE BENCH:
Devan Bawinkel (6-5, 215, Sr.) – 3.4 ppg, 0.8 rpg, 0.6 apg, 15.5 mpg, 37.5% 3 pt. shooting
John Lickliter (5-11, 170, Fr.) – 3.3 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 11.8 mpg, 30.4% 3 pt. shooting
Brennan Cougill(6-9, 255, Fr.) – 4.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.5 apg, 15.7 mpg, 43.5% 3 pt. shooting

Indiana 2009-10 Statistics

Penn State 2009-10 Statistics

WHAT TO WATCH FOR
How many uncontested 3-pointers does Indiana give up defensively? – The bad news for Indiana is that Iowa puts a lot of different players on the floor that will shoot from behind the 3-point arc. Iowa has five players that are averaging at least three 3-point attempts per game, and there are seven that have attempted at least eight in the first six contests. Of Iowa's 315 field goal attempts in conference play, 142 of them have been from behind the 3-point arc, or 45.1 percent. By contrast, only 31.4 percent of Indiana's field goal attempts during league play have been from behind the arc (100-of-318). The good news, though, is that Iowa hasn't shot it very well from deep. While they lead the conference in 3-point attempts, Lickliter's team ranks just eighth in success rate. Indiana needs to make sure Iowa continues to shoot at around 30 percent (or worse) by being quick to react and challenge Iowa's shooters. The Hawkeyes aren't especially adept at beating opposing players off the dribble, so IU's defenders don't need to be overly concerned about that threat. But if IU is lackadaisical on defense and gives Matt Gatens, Eric May and Devan Bawinkel open looks, they're more than capable of knocking them down.

Is this the game where Derek Elston gets a chance to log more minutes? -IU Coach Tom Crean has been looking to get freshman forward Derek Elston more minutes, but the match-ups haven't allowed him to get as many as Crean might like. As a result, the 6'9" forward is averaging just 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds/game since league play opened. In those limited minutes, though, Elston has been coming on as of late. Against Penn State, Elston had eight points, a rebound, three blocks and a steal in only seven minutes. Against Minnesota Elston came off the bench to contribute five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes. Elston's issue appears to be that he's not quite physically strong enough to tangle with Big Ten centers (that job has fallen to Tom Pritchard and Bobby Capobianco) and Christian Watford has been so effective as of late that he's averaging nearly 31 minutes/game in league contests. The match-ups haven't really allowed IU to think about going with three frontcourt players in the first third of league play, but the Iowa game could provide that opportunity. If Crean opts to go that route, Elston could see his playing time increase Sunday afternoon.

What sort of answer does Indiana have for Iowa's Aaron Fuller? - Don't let Aaron Fuller's season averages of 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds fool you – he's probably the player that has the IU coaching staff worried as much as anyone else on the Iowa roster. In his last three games, Fuller is averaging 19.0 points and 9.7 rebounds and 34.3 minutes/game, and his recent surge has coincided with the best three-game stretch to the season for Lickliter's team. He's a very good offensive rebounder (4.3/game during the last three games) and he's also capable of stepping outside and shooting from 3-point range. Christian Watford, Derek Elston and possibly Bobby Capobianco are all players that could be asked to match-up with Fuller, and they'll need to keep the 6'6", 230-pounder from posting his third double-double in his last four games.

QUOTABLES
"Moving me around is helping me out a lot. In the post I'm starting to attract double teams, so when he puts me on the perimeter I can get some things. On the perimeter, they can't really double." – Christian Watford

"We know (Iowa) is a good team. They were in the game with Michigan State. They are a very good 3-point shooting team." – Watford

"We're right in mix of where we want to be within this conference. We can go out and make some noise and win a couple of big games." – Watford

"Everyday the stakes go higher and higher. You set out some goals, but the more you win, the more things get better, the more you feel like, hey, we can win this league." – Watford

"Being on a two-game winning streak now, it puts a lot of pressure on us now. The fans are expecting us to win, and I think deep inside we're expecting to win." – Verdell Jones

"You can't look at (Iowa's) record. They're a Big Ten team. They played Michigan State real close at Michigan State and they beat Penn State, so we have to come out and play." – Verdell Jones

"(Iowa) shoots the ball extremely well, they're rebounding the ball extremely well. Our ability to get on the backboards on both ends is really crucial, especially trying to keep them off their offensive glass." – Tom Crean

"Our whole key (with Watford) is to move him around. He's a multi-dimensional player and he's growing into that. We're very comfortable with him on the perimeter shooting a 3, in the pull-up game especially around the elbow, and around the basket. He's getting a lot of attention." – Crean

"They're hungry to play. There's no overconfidence, nothing like that. There's a confidence, but no overconfidence. We're well aware of where we were picked at the beginning of this year, we're well aware of where Iowa's been picked. We're well aware of what this league has to offer." – Crean


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