Indiana at Iowa Gameday

Iowa handed Indiana the first of its nine straight losses last month, and now the Hoosiers hope to bring a halt to that streak against the same team that got it started. Hoosier Nation previews tonight's game against the Hawkeyes, complete with match-ups, statistics, and keys to the game …

Game Particulars: Indiana (9-18/3-12) vs. Iowa (9-19/3-12)
It's been a while since Indiana last won a basketball game – 38 days to be exact. It was Jan. 21 when Tom Crean's team seemingly peaked with a 67-61 win at Penn State, a second straight Big Ten victory that evened its overall record at 9-9 and Big Ten mark at 3-3. Since then, Indiana has dropped nine straight, including a couple of the heartbreaking variety (at Illinois, vs. Purdue) and others of the embarrassing variety (Wisconsin twice, Ohio State). Now, Indiana looks to avoid its first-ever 10-game Big Ten Conference losing streak when it takes on Iowa, the team that got IU's nine-game slide underway back on Jan. 24 with a 58-43 win in Bloomington. The Hawkeyes dominated the Hoosiers physically in the match-up, out-rebounding them 39-23 while limiting IU to just 35.6 percent overall and an 0-9 effort from behind the 3-point arc. Jarryd Cole led Iowa with 11 points and 10 rebounds in that match-up, while Indiana got 14 from Verdell Jones and 10 from Christian Watford.

IU is coached by Tom Crean, who is in his second year as Indiana's head coach and 11th year overall. Crean owns a 205-139 career mark and a 15-43 record at Indiana. Iowa, meanwhile, is coached by Todd Lickliter, who is in his third season at Iowa and in his ninth year as a head coach overall. Lickliter owns a 37-55 mark at Iowa, and a 168-116 record overall.

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

Indiana 2009-10 Schedule

Iowa 2009-10 Schedule

Indiana (9-18/3-12)
PG- Jeremiah Rivers (6-5, 214, Jr.) – 6.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg, 39.3% FG shooting, 56.0% FT shooting
SG – Jordan Hulls (6-0, 172, Fr.) – 5.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 37.5% 3 pt. shooting, 78.6% FT shooting
WG- Verdell Jones (6-5, 183, So.) – 14.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 26.6% 3 pt. shooting, 73.8% FT shooting
SF – Christian Watford (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 12.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 38.4% FG shooting, 80.0% FT shooting
C - Bobby Capobianco (6-9, 238, Fr.) – 2.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.3 apg, 41.8% FG shooting, 35.3% FT shooting

Derek Elston (6-9, 220, Fr.) – 5.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 14.0 mpg, 47.0% FG shooting, 61.1% FT shooting
Tom Pritchard (6-9, 248, So.) – 4.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.4 apg, 20.9 mpg, 59.6% FG shooting, 36.7% FT shooting
Devan Dumes (6-2, 192, Sr.) – 7.0 ppg, 2.2 rgp, 1.2 apg, 32.6% 3 pt. shooting, 71.4% FT shooting
Daniel Moore (5-10, 172, So.) ¬– 1.5 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.4 apg, 55.6% FG shooting, 82.4% FT shooting

Iowa (9-19/3-12)
PG – Cully Payne (6-1, 190, Fr.) – 8.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 32.7% 3 pt. shooting, 58.5% FT shooting
SG – Eric May (6-5, 225, Fr.) – 9.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 spg, 40.1% FG shooting, 28.3% 3 pt. shooting
WG – Matt Gatens (6-5, 215, So.) – 12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 34.4% 3 pt. shooting, 84.1% FT shooting
WF – Aaron Fuller (6-6, 230, So.) – 9.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 0.7 apg, 46.1% FG shooting, 70.5% FT shooting
PF- Jarryd Cole (6-7, 250, Jr.) - 8.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 58.2% FG shooting, 65.2% FT shooting

Devan Bawinkel (6-5, 215, Sr.) – 3.5 ppg, 0.9 rpg, 0.5 apg, 39.5% 3 pt. shooting
John Lickliter (5-11, 170, Fr.) – 2.3 ppg, 0.4 rpg, 0.8 apg, 29.4% 3 pt. shooting
Brennan Cougill(6-9, 255, Fr.) – 4.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.5 apg, 40.0% 3 pt. shooting

Indiana 2009-10 Statistics

Iowa 2009-10 Statistics

Was Derek Elston's improved play against Wisconsin a blip or a sign? – After scoring in double figures in three of IU's first six games, the 6'9" freshman went 20 straight contests without reaching that plateau before Thursday night's 12-point, seven-rebound effort against Wisconsin. Elston's play was one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise dismal performance for the Hoosiers, who suffered the program's worst ever setback at Assembly Hall. In 18 minutes, Elston made all but one of his six shots, hit the boards extremely hard, and looked a lot more like the player that many had thought would be a consistent scoring threat off the bench. Afterwards, Elston drew the praise of Crean, who said that Elston showed the type of fight that he wants out of his players as he moves the program forward. It was clearly an encouraging sign for Elston, but the final two weeks of the season will show whether that was a sign of things to come or a blip on the radar. The Tipton, Ind., native clearly has a ways to go on the defensive end, but if he can play with the sort of energy, effort and confidence that he showed against Wisconsin, that will be a very good sign as he heads into the off-season. He'll get a chance to do it today against an Iowa team that has some frontliners in Jarryd Cole and Aaron Fuller who will push Elston around if he lets them. He'll have to show a willingness to push back.

Which team wins the rebounding battle? - The statistics don't lie – tonight's match-up between Indiana and Iowa pits the two worst shooting teams in the Big Ten. In Big Ten games, Iowa ranks 10th in the league in both field goal percentage (39.4 percent) and 3-point shooting percentage (31.4 percent). Indiana, meanwhile, is last in the league in overall shooting in conference games (38.8 percent) and is ninth from behind the 3-point arc (31.5 percent). If history is the best indicator of the future, then it's a pretty good bet that there will be plenty of missed shots Saturday night in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. With that in mind, whichever team does a better job on the backboards in probably going to emerge victorious. That's what happened five weeks ago, when Iowa out-boarded IU 39-23, including an 18-10 edge on the offensive glass. That produced a 20-7 edge for Iowa in second-chance points, and ultimately a 15-point win for the Hawkeyes. If Indiana is going to end its nine-game losing streak and capture its 10th victory of the season, it needs to win the rebounding battle. That won't necessarily be easy, as Iowa has out-rebounded five of its last six opponents. Indiana, by contrast, has been out-rebounded six times during its nine-game slide.

Can Indiana make things difficult for Iowa point guard Cully Payne? - Hawkeye point guard Cully Payne can be pretty hit and miss for Coach Todd Lickliter's team. One night, he's turning in a 13-point, seven-rebound, one-turnover effort like he did last week in a two-point overtime loss to Michigan. But he's also capable of turning the ball over in bunches, evidenced by the seven turnovers that he had in a 23-point loss to Purdue and the six he had in a 10-point loss to Ohio State. Whether it's Jordan Hulls or Jeremiah Rivers or Devan Dumes, Indiana's guards need to get up into Payne and pressure him into some miscues. While Hulls is the logical choice to draw this assignment, don't be surprised to see Rivers and Dumes get a crack at him as well, since Payne is a physical point guard that can be a tough match-up for Hulls. But whoever gets the assignment, they'll need to pressure Payne as much as possible. If and when Payne does make some miscues, Indiana also has to be able to capitalize. IU forced Payne in five turnovers the first time these two teams met and 21 turnovers overall, but they turned those mistakes into only 17 points off turnovers.

"The bottom line is they were tougher and more physical than us the first time and they felt they could be. We've got to be able to go into the game and I don't want to say they have to match us. We have to match them because they have the upper hand from last time we played." – Tom Crean

"I'll be very disappointed for them, for individuals that don't come out tomorrow understanding that we better have some toughness and fight in this game. I'll be more disappointed because they're not going to play." – Crean

"Our margin for error is so small, but it starts with how you fight and what your toughness is like. We got two hands shoved in the back and it wasn't called numerous times. Part of me as coach is okay now that team thinks they can do that to us. I take that personal, but the second part is that's this league. You're falling on deaf ears when you're asking for that. We've got to learn how to combat that. It's all about leverage and hitting first." – Crean

""They care, there's no doubt about that. We're practicing hard. We were an hour and a half on defense alone today and it's intense. We leave this film room yesterday and the coaches were saying that it was one of the most intense weight workouts that they've had and we haven't had bad weight workouts. They really care. There's resiliency, but what I'm looking for is more resiliency during the game. Anybody can be resilient after the game. We're looking for more resiliency during the game." – Crean Top Stories