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College basketball preview: IPFW vs. IUPUI

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Gates Center

Records: IPFW 9-13, 2-6 Summit League; IUPUI 6-17, 1-8

Radio: 1380 AM

IPFW leaders: Frank Gaines (18.0 ppg), Mario Hines (5.7 rpg), Isaiah McCray (2.5 apg)

IUPUI leaders: John Hart (14.2 ppg), Donovan Gibbs (6.3 rpg), Greg Rice (3.5 apg)

Key matchup: If Gaines is to break out of a shooting slump, this could be the game. The last time IPFW played IUPUI (an 88-74 IUPUI win Dec. 27 in Indianapolis), Gaines torched the Jaguars for 28 points – his third-highest total this season. Since then, Gaines has surpassed his 18-point average just one other time.

The skinny: IPFW has lost four of its last five games, including its last two. Thursday, the Mastodons fell 43-40 to Western Illinois at the Gates Center. … After winning its first seven home games, IPFW has dropped its last two. … The game is the second of a doubleheader. The IPFW women will face Oakland at 4:30 p.m.

stwarden@jg.net

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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