The No. 16/18 (Coaches/AP) Indiana men's basketball team will square off
against the No. 15/15 Kentucky Wildcats on Dec. 10. The game is being
played in Indianapolis, Ind., at the RCA Dome where the Hoosiers have an
all-time record of 3-6 against the Wildcats.
IU is coming off a 72-67 loss at Indiana State on Dec. 6. The Hoosiers
led by 11 early in the second half, but failed to hold onto the lead.
Freshman center Ben Allen led Indiana with career highs of 21 points,
seven boards and five three-pointers.
UK had an impressive showing in its last contest, with a 73-46 win over
Georgia State on Dec. 6. The Wildcats were led by Shagari Alleyne's 16
points and six rebounds.
The Indiana-Kentucky game will be televised on CBS, with Tim Brando
(play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (color commentary) on the call.
Additionally, all of Indiana's games can be heard live on the IU Radio
Network. WHCC (105.1 FM in Bloomington) is the flagship station for the
network that has more than 50 stations broadcasting Hoosier basketball.
Don Fischer (play-by-play), former Indiana guard Todd Leary (color
commentary) and Joe Smith (pregame, halftime and postgame host) call all
of the action.
Kentucky enters Saturday afternoon's contest with a 6-2 overall record.
The Wildcats dropped games to then-No. 18 Iowa (67-63) on Nov. 21, and
North Carolina (83-79) on Dec. 3.
Sophomore guard Rajon Rondo leads the team in points (14.7), rebounds
(10.0) and assists (5.6), despite missing UK's last game against Georgia
State due to illness. Senior guard Patrick Sparks is the only other
Wildcat to average double figures with 10.6 points per contest.
Head coach Tubby Smith is in his ninth season as head coach at Kentucky.
He has compiled an overall record of 349-122 (.741), including the 1998
The Kentucky Series
This will be the 49th meeting in the storied rivalry, with UK
holding a 27-21 advantage. In fact, the Wildcats have won five
consecutive games in the series, and 10 of the last 11. Last season,
Kentucky took a 73-58 victory in Freedom Hall.
Saturday's game marks the 10th time the rivals have played in
Indianapolis, with the Wildcats owning a 6-3 advantage in the previous
nine contests. The Hoosiers' last victory in the series came in
Indianapolis on Dec. 22, 1999, when IU defeated UK, 83-75.
Kentucky Last Time Out
Backup center Shagari Alleyne scored a career-high 16 points and
No. 15 Kentucky beat Georgia State 73-46 on Dec. 6, despite playing
without leading scorer Rajon Rondo. The sophomore guard, the team leader
in the major offensive categories, was held out with strep throat.
Alleyne, a 7-foot-3 junior whose previous career high was 11 points, was
averaging only 8.2 minutes per game and had scored only seven points all
season before taking advantage of the opportunity against the Panthers.
Joe Crawford had 14 points and Ramel Bradley added 12 for
Kentucky (6-2), which led by only six points at halftime before pulling
away with a 22-6 run to open the second half.
Patrick Sparks added 10 points - all in the second half - for
Indiana Last Time Out
The No. 16/18 Indiana men's basketball team dropped its second
closely-contested game of the season in a 72-67 upset by Indiana State
on Dec. 6. Led by freshman Ben Allen's career-high 21 points, seven
rebounds and five three-pointers, Indiana finished with three players in
double-figure scoring and an impressive 30 bench points.
The Hoosiers led early by 11 points early in the second half.
However, the Sycamores would go on a 18-2 run to take a five-point lead
with just over 13 minutes remaining in the game. ISU outscored Indiana
by 10 points in the second half to take the five-point win at home.
Freshman Ben Allen is one of Indiana's most productive players off the
bench. Against Indiana State last Tuesday, the Melbourne, Australia,
native collected career highs of 21 points, seven rebounds. five
three-pointers and 27 minutes. Through his first four contests as a
Hoosier, Allen averaged just 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Over
his last two appearances, the 6-10 center is averaging 18.0 points and
6.0 rebounds, which leads IU during that stretch. For the season, Allen
is contributing 8.7 points and 3.3 rebounds a game. Additionally, he is
the Big Ten leader from three-point range, hitting 10-of-12 from
behind-the-arc (.883), while also shooting .690 from the floor
Indiana's strong play on the court is starting to catch wind nationally.
In the most recent ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll (Dec. 5), the Hoosiers
were ranked 16th in the country. IU also found itself ranked No. 18 in
the latest Associated Press top-25 poll.
As the 2005-06 season progresses, several IU basketball players are
Senior guard Marshall Strickland is already found among the top 10 in
three-pointers made and attempted. He also has 817 points in his career,
which places him 54th overall among the IU all-time scoring leaders. He
only needs 183 more points this season to become the 40th Hoosier in IU
lore to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
Additionally, Strickland and Robert Vaden are improving their standing
among the school's all-time steals leaders. After IU's most recent
contests, Strickland now has 85 steals, while Vaden now has 55. A
complete list of all the upcoming milestones can be found in the column
to the right.
He Does It All
Sophomore guard/forward Robert Vaden has shown why he is capable of
playing every position on the floor. The 6-5, 224-pounder, is among the
team leaders in almost every category. In the Hoosiers' last contest
against Indiana State, Vaden had 12 points, six rebounds and two assists
in 37 minutes of action. In fact, the Indianapolis, Ind., native leads
the team with 5.7 assists per game and 10 steals, while also ranking
third on the team in points (13.3) and rebounds (4.2).
Furthermore, Vaden is also the team-leader in another category,
consecutive starts. After the Indiana State game, Vaden has started all
35 contests since becoming a Hoosier. The next closest player in
consecutive starts is Marshall Strickland who has started in 27 straight
games. The last person to start 35 consecutive times was Jared Jeffries,
who started all 70 games he was a Hoosier.
Ranking The Rivalry
Saturday's game will mark the 49th meeting and the 37th consecutive
season Indiana and Kentucky have met on the hardwood. It will also be
the 20th time the two rivals are both ranked among the nation's top 25
team entering the contest. It is the first such occasion since Dec. 21,
2003, when No. 18 Kentucky defeated No. 6 Indiana, 70-64, in Louisville.
Turnovers The Key
Indiana ranks second the Big Ten in assist/turnover ratio (1.37),
compiling 134 assists to only 98 turnovers, which includes a season-high
22 miscues in the 72-67 loss at Indiana State on Dec. 6. In fact, a key
to an IU victory may lay with the turnovers per game. In four wins the
season, Indiana has averaged just 15.0 turnovers per contest. However,
the Hoosiers have turned the ball over an average of 19.0 times in two
One of the positives Indiana can take from its 72-67 loss at Indiana
State is the play from the bench. For the third time this season, the
Hoosiers outscored their opponent's bench, topping ISU by a count of
30-4. For the season, the Hoosiers have combined to outscore its foe
152-112, an average of 25.3-18.7 a game. Indiana is 2-1 during the
campaign when this happens.
One of Indiana's biggest improvements from a season ago is its work on
the boards. After only outrebounding their opponents a total of six
times last year, the Hoosiers have already accomplished the feat in
three games this season. IU has a +5.8 rebounding margin this season,
compared to last season when it finished with a -2.7 disadvantage a year
Indiana head coach Mike Davis has instituted a new drill which
teaches players on how to take charges. Results were immediate as
Hoosier players drew 19 charges through their opening three contests
this season. Below is a player breakdown of the number of charges taken:
Lewis Monroe 5
Errek Suhr 5
Sean Kline 3
Marco Killingsworth 2
Marshall Strickland 2
Earl Calloway 1
Rod Wilmont 1
Down The Stretch
Below is a player-by-player breakdown of how Indiana has fared at the
foul line with five minutes or less remaining in the game and in
Name FTs FT %
Adam Ahlfeld 2-of-2 1.000
Marshall Strickland 7-of-8 .875
Marco Killingsworth 4-of-5 .800
Earl Calloway 4-of-5 .800
Robert Vaden 2-of-3 .667
Lewis Monroe 1-of-2 .500
Cem Dinc 0-of-2 .000
Team Totals 20-of-27 .741
Marco The Great
Senior forward Marco Killingsworth has proven why he is
considered by many as one of the top players in the country. In his last
three contests, the Montgomery, Ala., native averaged 19.3 points and
7.0 rebounds per contest. In fact, he was named co-Big Ten Player of
the Week for the second time this season on Dec. 5. He became the first
Hoosier since Steve Alford (Jan. 30, 1984 and Feb. 14, 1984) to win two
conference player of the week honors in a three-week period.
Facing the reigning National Defensive Player of the Year,
Shelden Williams, and No.1 Duke on Nov. 30, Killingsworth hit 15-of-20
shots and accounted for a career-high 34 points to go along with 10
boards. It marked Indiana's the first 30-plus point and 10-plus rebound
effort since Alan Henderson had 41 points and 13 rebounds at Michigan
State on March 9, 1994.
For the season, Killingsworth ranks third in the Big Ten in
scoring (19.7), fourth in field goal percentage (.640) and sixth in
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