Game Thread: Indiana vs. Illinois State

  • 11/23/2007 4:41 pm in

gamethreadpiccopyxo9.jpgOpponent: Illinois State (Chicago Invitational Challenge)

Date: Friday, November 23, 2007 | 8:36 EST

Arena: Sears Centre (10,000) – Hoffman Estates, Illinois

TV: Big Ten Network; Radio: IU Radio Network

Probable Starters:

  • Indiana (3-0): Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jamarcus Ellis, DeAndre Thomas, D.J. White
  • Illinois State (3-0): Osiris Eldridge, Boo Richardson, Dom Johnson, Anthony Slack, Dinma Odiakosa

Keep an eye on:

  • Guard play: Both teams are led by high scoring guards. For the Hoosiers, Eric Gordon is second in the nation at 28.0 ppg. Osiris Eldridge, the MVC’s freshman of the year a season ago, is averaging 21.7 ppg for the Redbirds.
  • Something’s gotta give: Illinois State is holding opponents to 60.0 ppg while Indiana is third in the country at 98.0 ppg.
  • Shooting the three: The Redbirds are attempting 22.6 three’s per contest thus far, while Indiana is not far behind 19.7. Illinois St. is shooting 44.1 percent while the Hoosiers are at 54.2 percent.

As always, your predictions and comments are welcome in the game thread.

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  • ray

    stemler just fouled, but this isn’t the nba. so, that should only be two free throws and no bucket, what the hell?

  • matt

    I personally think DJ knows what lies ahead for this team and doesnt need these games to get ready for the season if you remember he played in the summer and actually did some serious work. There are a lot of youngsters on this team and i think he is taking a back seat so they can learn and experience this level of ball. he knows if he has guys like crawford, ellis, thomas, eric, etc. playin with confidence (i know eric can play on this level) but still getting him to play even better, this possabilities for this team are endless. Give more work to eli and brandon they can be a big help later in the year.

  • ray

    stemler just fouled, but this isn’t the nba. so, that should only be two free throws and no bucket, what the hell?

  • matt

    I personally think DJ knows what lies ahead for this team and doesnt need these games to get ready for the season if you remember he played in the summer and actually did some serious work. There are a lot of youngsters on this team and i think he is taking a back seat so they can learn and experience this level of ball. he knows if he has guys like crawford, ellis, thomas, eric, etc. playin with confidence (i know eric can play on this level) but still getting him to play even better, this possabilities for this team are endless. Give more work to eli and brandon they can be a big help later in the year.

  • ray

    my point earlier…crawford’s bucket should count if that’s how they are going to officiate.

  • ray

    my point earlier…crawford’s bucket should count if that’s how they are going to officiate.

  • ray

    crawford’s rebound and putback…beautiful.

  • ray

    crawford’s rebound and putback…beautiful.

  • ray

    i know what people will say, dj had 6 rebounds (as of now), but those all pretty much fell into his hands. there was no blocking out or anything, just in the right place at the wrong time. okay, so let me tell you that he is still my favorite hoosier, but come on dj, show us what you have in you…it’s your senior year!

  • ray

    i know what people will say, dj had 6 rebounds (as of now), but those all pretty much fell into his hands. there was no blocking out or anything, just in the right place at the wrong time. okay, so let me tell you that he is still my favorite hoosier, but come on dj, show us what you have in you…it’s your senior year!

  • jaime gongora

    The last five minutes, is the type of defense I want to see from DJ. He worked hard the past two rebounds. I know he can do it. I just want him to have theat mean edge.

  • jaime gongora

    The last five minutes, is the type of defense I want to see from DJ. He worked hard the past two rebounds. I know he can do it. I just want him to have theat mean edge.

  • ray

    okay, more than anything that i’ve complained about earlier…i’ve concerned about basset.

  • ray

    okay, more than anything that i’ve complained about earlier…i’ve concerned about basset.

  • L. Rubes

    I heard Armon went to the hospital

  • L. Rubes

    I heard Armon went to the hospital

  • ray

    matt,

    i know where you are coming from…i guess that’s why i expect so much more. when your team is only up by a couple of possessions (regardless of the situation) you go after every steal, every rebound, every drive to the bucket…like it’s your last opportunity to win a game. after all that commentary, i think you’re right (as i’ve said before on this site) dj will come up big when needed. what i want from dj though…come up (not big, but…huge!) every game. this should be dj’s team, not his rhymer-want-to-be’s team (which it doesn’t matter if dj scores forty points a game…it’s already in the commentator’s selected speech to let everyone know this is ej’s, not dj’s team). on that note, i disagree. i think ej is amazing, but i would like to give credit to the best shooter in the country…armon basset. i would also like to say, even more than armon basset, this is dj’s team.

  • ray

    matt,

    i know where you are coming from…i guess that’s why i expect so much more. when your team is only up by a couple of possessions (regardless of the situation) you go after every steal, every rebound, every drive to the bucket…like it’s your last opportunity to win a game. after all that commentary, i think you’re right (as i’ve said before on this site) dj will come up big when needed. what i want from dj though…come up (not big, but…huge!) every game. this should be dj’s team, not his rhymer-want-to-be’s team (which it doesn’t matter if dj scores forty points a game…it’s already in the commentator’s selected speech to let everyone know this is ej’s, not dj’s team). on that note, i disagree. i think ej is amazing, but i would like to give credit to the best shooter in the country…armon basset. i would also like to say, even more than armon basset, this is dj’s team.

  • ray

    holy shit l.rubes, i hope you’re wrong. if you ask any of the espn (b-10 commentators) they’ll tell you that it won’t matter. i’ll tell you though, that they are completely wrong. i enjoy watching jordan crawford, but he isn’t armon basset at point.

  • ray

    holy shit l.rubes, i hope you’re wrong. if you ask any of the espn (b-10 commentators) they’ll tell you that it won’t matter. i’ll tell you though, that they are completely wrong. i enjoy watching jordan crawford, but he isn’t armon basset at point.

  • ray

    holy shit l.rubes, i hope you’re wrong. if you ask any of the espn (b-10 commentators) they’ll tell you that it won’t matter. i’ll tell you though, that they are completely wrong. i enjoy watching jordan crawford, but he isn’t armon basset at point.

  • ray

    holy shit l.rubes, i hope you’re wrong. if you ask any of the espn (b-10 commentators) they’ll tell you that it won’t matter. i’ll tell you though, that they are completely wrong. i enjoy watching jordan crawford, but he isn’t armon basset at point.

  • ray

    holy shit l.rubes, i hope you’re wrong. if you ask any of the espn (b-10 commentators) they’ll tell you that it won’t matter. i’ll tell you though, that they are completely wrong. i enjoy watching jordan crawford, but he isn’t armon basset at point.

  • L. Rubes

    Let me explain myself. I know Armon and his sister personally we are from the same high school and I just got word from his sister via internet (facebook) that he went to the hospital

  • L. Rubes

    Let me explain myself. I know Armon and his sister personally we are from the same high school and I just got word from his sister via internet (facebook) that he went to the hospital

  • L. Rubes

    Let me explain myself. I know Armon and his sister personally we are from the same high school and I just got word from his sister via internet (facebook) that he went to the hospital

  • L. Rubes

    Let me explain myself. I know Armon and his sister personally we are from the same high school and I just got word from his sister via internet (facebook) that he went to the hospital

  • ray

    look guys, i like iu basketball more than most people would condider possible…but their major players need to play better (thomas – stay out of foul trouble; gordon – make smart, selective passes; dj – rebound and contest shots; basset – get healthy; stemler – play like you did against unc-w; crawford – play under control with a good shot sellection; ellis – keep playing hard, you’ve not let me down yet) if they want to beat a very, very good southern illinois team.

  • ray

    look guys, i like iu basketball more than most people would condider possible…but their major players need to play better (thomas – stay out of foul trouble; gordon – make smart, selective passes; dj – rebound and contest shots; basset – get healthy; stemler – play like you did against unc-w; crawford – play under control with a good shot sellection; ellis – keep playing hard, you’ve not let me down yet) if they want to beat a very, very good southern illinois team.

  • ray

    look guys, i like iu basketball more than most people would condider possible…but their major players need to play better (thomas – stay out of foul trouble; gordon – make smart, selective passes; dj – rebound and contest shots; basset – get healthy; stemler – play like you did against unc-w; crawford – play under control with a good shot sellection; ellis – keep playing hard, you’ve not let me down yet) if they want to beat a very, very good southern illinois team.

  • ray

    keep us informed l. rubes…i think armon is the glue to this team…regardless of what all the commentators are saying. without armon, this team is very different. he keeps the game running smoothly, not to mention he’s the best shooter in the country at this point in the season.

  • ray

    keep us informed l. rubes…i think armon is the glue to this team…regardless of what all the commentators are saying. without armon, this team is very different. he keeps the game running smoothly, not to mention he’s the best shooter in the country at this point in the season.

  • ray

    keep us informed l. rubes…i think armon is the glue to this team…regardless of what all the commentators are saying. without armon, this team is very different. he keeps the game running smoothly, not to mention he’s the best shooter in the country at this point in the season.

  • ray

    l. rubes, anything knew? please send something as soon as you know…i’m VERY CONCERNED!

  • ray

    l. rubes, anything knew? please send something as soon as you know…i’m VERY CONCERNED!

  • ray

    l. rubes, anything knew? please send something as soon as you know…i’m VERY CONCERNED!

  • ray

    l. rubes, anything knew? please send something as soon as you know…i’m VERY CONCERNED!

  • ray

    l. rubes, anything knew? please send something as soon as you know…i’m VERY CONCERNED!

  • L. Rubes

    Ray
    posted info on the next article

  • L. Rubes

    Ray
    posted info on the next article

  • L. Rubes

    Ray
    posted info on the next article

  • L. Rubes

    Ray
    posted info on the next article

  • ray

    i will also say that i’ve screwed up on numerous occasions tonight…for instance, i said dj has less back up than ever before (absolute typ-o…i meant to say that he has less reason to be concerned about foul trouble than ever before…therefore, go after rebounds and contest shots dj!)

  • ray

    i will also say that i’ve screwed up on numerous occasions tonight…for instance, i said dj has less back up than ever before (absolute typ-o…i meant to say that he has less reason to be concerned about foul trouble than ever before…therefore, go after rebounds and contest shots dj!)

  • ray

    i’ve been bouncing back and forth, sorry to miss your last post l. rubes. i am even more concerned now. let him know (if he’s within reach that we hope the best for him…and that we need him on the court). good luck armon!

  • ray

    i’ve been bouncing back and forth, sorry to miss your last post l. rubes. i am even more concerned now. let him know (if he’s within reach that we hope the best for him…and that we need him on the court). good luck armon!