The University of Indiana is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will host Penn State to close out a three-game home game on Wednesday. The Hoosiers come home Sunday afternoon after an 80-62 defeat against Michigan. Penn State fell 68-51 in Iowa on Saturday. IU won last year’s event at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall 87-85 in overtime, while Penn State won 61-58 at University Park earlier this season.
Indiana (14-5, 5-4 B1G) vs. Penn State (8-8, 3-5 B1G)
Wednesday 26 January • 20:30 ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17 222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN (Cory Provus and Jess Settles)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series history: Indiana leads 41-13
Last meeting: PSU 61, IU 58 (January 2, 2022 in University Park)
IU rankings: KenPom (33rd), NET (42nd)
ON THE SIDELINES
IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program since the beginning of the season Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and has worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.
Nittany Lions coach Micah Shrewsberry is in his first year at PSU.
DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS
IU is first in the Big Ten and 13th in the country in field goal percentage defense (37.9%). The Hoosiers also lead the league in scoring defense (63.7) overall and in conference play (65.6).
ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS
Junior / second forward Trayce Jackson-Davis lives up to his preseason awards averaging 18.6 points (5th in B1G), 8.6 rebounds (4th), shooting 60.1% off the floor (3rd) and contributing 52 blocked shots (1st).
He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous point (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State.
He has scored eight doubles this season and 30 in his career with IU scoring a record of 23-7 in those games. For the first time in his career, he scored four straight doubles after having 23 points and 12 boards in Nebraska.
Jackson-Davis now scored 1,302 points as a Hoosier, scoring 30th place ever in IU learning. Despite being limited to 11 minutes due to errors against no. 4/4 Purdue, he defended a match-winning shot attempt and made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left to increase the IU lead. He had 17 points and eight boards against Michigan.
OPPORTUNITIES AND TRENDS
IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (78), Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson (100), Miller Kopp (93), Parker Stewart (92) and Thompson Race (46) combined for 404 career Division I starts. From the bench, Sr./Jr. Michael Durr (85) and Rob Phinisee (69) started 154 games.
Thompson is ninth in the Big Ten with an average of 7.5 rebounds.
Stewart shoots 45.8% from 3-point distance after making 3-out-6 from long-distance against Michigan. He ranks second among players who have made at least 38 3-pointers this season.
Johnson averaged 16.0 points in the last two games and had eight assists compared to just two turnover points in that period.
Sun./Fr. Trey Galloway shot 50.0% from the field and made 19-of-38 field goal attempts.
LAST YEAR AT SIMON SHOOTS MEETING HALL
Phinisee hit a jumper with 13 seconds left and IU made a defensive stance when the Hoosiers escaped an 87-85 overtime victory against Penn State. PSU’s Myeron Jones leveled the game after switching two free throws with 43 seconds left in extra time.
IU built up an 11-point lead in the second half, but the Nittany Lions came back and led 80-79 on a Sam Sessoms jumper with 23 seconds left. Jackson-Davis made a free throw with seven seconds left to force overtime.
Jones had 20 and Sessoms had 17 to lead PSU, while Jackson-Davis finished with 21 for the Hoosiers.