Indiana 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Indiana Hoosiers - Big Ten (20-10, 10-6)
Seed: #7 - West Region
Big Wins: 12/17 Southern Illinois (57-47), 1/7 Michigan State (73-51), 1/31 Wisconsin (71-66)
Bad Losses: 2/3 at Iowa (75-81), 2/15 at Purdue (68-81), 2/17 at Michigan (55-58)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, Second Round loss to Gonzaga
Coach: Kelvin Sampson (11-12 in 12 NCAA appearances)
Probable Indiana Starters:
Earl Calloway, Senior, Guard, 9.4 ppg, 4.3 apg
Armon Bassett, Freshman, Guard, 9.7 ppg, 3.1 apg
Roderick Wilmont, Senior, Guard, 12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg
Mike White, Junior, Forward, 3.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg
D.J. White, Junior, Forward, 13.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.2 bpg
Key Roleplayers for Indiana:
A.J. Ratliff, Junior, Guard, 9.8 ppg, 1.5 apg
Errek Suhr, Senior, Guard, 1.7 ppg, 1.0 rpg
Joey Shaw, Freshman, Guard, 4.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Lance Stemler, Junior, Forward, 6.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Xavier Keeling, Freshman, Forward, 1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg
Ben Allen, Sophomore, Center, 0.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
The Hoosiers have all the ingredients necessary to make a run in the tournament; a low post presence in D.J. White, a hot long range shooter in Roderick Wilmont and a smart point guard in Early Calloway. White is a beast under the basket on both ends of the floor and the opposition will be forced to make the tough decision whether or not to double team him under the basket. Wilmont, along with A.J. Ratliff, Armon Bassett and Lance Stemler can make anybody pay from long range if they decide to collapse in the paint to stop White.
Indiana does not do anything that great outside of shooting the long ball; however, they do not have any glaring weaknesses either. That has kept the Hoosiers in every game they’ve been in all season long and will do so in March too.
Why Indiana Can Disappoint:
Getting D.J. White in foul trouble might be the best way to defend IU. Without D.J. White on the floor, Indiana must depend on Mike White, Xavier Keeling and Ben Allen, none of whom are effective scorers in the post. Mike White will see the most action off the bench and will use his strength to attack the glass.
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Who To Watch:
Earl Calloway averages 4.3 assists per game and 2.2 turnovers per contest. He does a great job of running the team and finding the scorers, and can turn into a decent scorer if he needs to. The Atlanta, GA native is a pesky defender and seems to turn a steal or two into an easy basket every game.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.9 (135th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 62.2 (37, 7)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.2 (131, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.0 (94, 7)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.2 (102, 3)
Rebound Margin: 2.1 (103, 7)
Assists Per Game: 13.4 (173, 10)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.4 (36, 4)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Second Round loss to UCLA
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