IUPUI preview

Here’s my scouting report and Chris’ game preview story from today’s H-T:

Scouting report

FRONTCOURT: IUPUI is outrebounding opponents by five boards a game, but lacks inside scoring.

BACKCOURT: The Hoosiers won’t have an easy time vs. former Indiana All-Stars David Barlow from Pike and Bowling Green transfer Austin Montgomery of Perry Meridian.

KEY MATCHUPS:
David Barlow vs. Earl Calloway
The 5-foot-11 Barlow, the Mid-Continent co-player of the week, had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds against IPFW Saturday.

Indiana vs. IUPUI’s intensity
The Hoosiers got outhustled for the first time this year against Western Michigan. IUPUI will be fired up for its first game against Indiana.

Preview story: Hoosiers have turned over new leaf in last four games
Indiana takes on IUPUI tonight in search of third straight win

By Chris Korman
331-4353 | ckorman@heraldt.com
December 22, 2006

In each of its first six games, the Indiana men’s basketball team turned the ball over no fewer than 16 times.

In each of the last four games, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over no more than 11 times. They’re averaging fewer than nine per game during that span.

Head coach Kelvin Sampson said his team has learned to make better decisions. It has two games, including tonight’s 8 p.m. game with IUPUI at Conseco Fieldhouse, to continue its heady play and prepare for the upcoming grind of the Big Ten season.

“It’s knowing what to do,” Sampson said. “There’s no hesitation.”

Senior point guard Earl Calloway has developed a better feel for what Sampson wants on offense. His natural style of up-tempo basketball is beginning to mesh.

“Coach has been emphasizing for me to control the ball, the team and my decision making,” Calloway said after Indiana beat Western Michigan 77-69 on Wednesday night. “When to push it and when not to push it. I don’t force anything that’s not there.”

Calloway’s freshman protege Armon Bassett is beginning to fit into the offense more, too. For two straight games he’s been a second-half nuisance for defenses. He had all 12 of his points in the second half against the Broncos, including two on a twisting journey through the lane.

When Bassett gets the ball, the crowd waits to be surprised. He’s that type of player.

The Hoosiers have become more poised, Sampson said, because of their tough early road games.

“That’s why I told our kids not to worry about those losses in November or early December,” Sampson said. “We’ll learn from them, and we have.

“We played two in Indianapolis, we played at Duke, we played at Kentucky. And those teams exposed our kids decision making.”

COACHES: Kelvin Sampson (7-3 in first season at Indiana, 462-260 in 24th year overall; Ron Hunter, 197-163 in 13th season at IUPUI).
SERIES STANDING: First-ever meeting.
GAME TIME: 8 p.m., Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis.
BROADCASTS: WTTV-4, IU Radio Network.