Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will travel to Maryland on Saturday afternoon to fight the Terrapins. The Hoosiers are on a 74-57 home win over Penn State. Maryland won two games in a row after defeating Illinois (81-65) at home and Rutgers (68-60) on the road Friday and Tuesday, respectively.
Indiana (14-5, 5-4 B1G) vs. Penn State (8-8, 3-5 B1G)
Saturday 29 January • 14:30 ET
XFINITY CENTER (17,950) • College Park, Md.
TV: FOX (Brandon Gaudin and Jim Jackson)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series history: Indiana leads 9-8
Last meeting: IU 63, MARY 55 (January 4, 2021 in Bloomington)
IU rankings: KenPom (32nd), NET (37th)
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.
Maryland interim coach Danny Manning is in his first year at College Park.
DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS
IU is first in the Big Ten and 10th in the country in field goal percentage defense (37.7%). The Hoosiers also lead the league in scoring defense (63.4) overall and in conference play (64.7).
ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS
Junior / second forward Trayce Jackson-Davis lives up to his preseason awards averaging 18.6 points (4th in B1G), 8.6 rebounds (3rd), shooting 60.1% off the floor (3rd) and contributing 56 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 had eight doubles this season and 30 in his career with IU scoring a record of 23-7 in those games. He scored four straight doubles doubles for the first time in his career after having 23 points and 12 boards in Nebraska.
Jackson-Davis now scored 1,317 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 15 points, six rebounds and four blocks against Penn State.
OPPORTUNITIES AND TRENDS
IU’s starting lineup of Jackson-Davis (79), Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson (101), Miller Kopp (94), Parker Stewart (93) and Thompson Race (47) combined for 409 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 45.3% from 3-point range. He ranks second among players who have made at least 39 3-pointers this season.
The Hoosiers 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%) from long range on Wednesday was their third best long-range shooting attempt since 1996-97 (USF, 1998 and Kent State, 2002).
IU also had a season-high 10 blocks against PSU.
On December 31, IU led the league in revenue to 15.4. Since the New Year, IU is fourth among Big Ten teams to give up just 9.8 miscues over an eight-game period.
EXCELLENT PLAY FOR JOHNSON
In the last three games, Johnson has averaged 17.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5-out-9 tries and 14 assists and just five turnovers. He also has five thefts. He had 19 points, four rebounds and six assists against the Nittany Lions.
IT’S RACE, NOT TRAYCE
Thompson comes off a season-high 18-point performance against Penn State. He also had six rebounds, a block and a steal. He is ninth in the league in herbons (7.5). In the last 10 games he has made 22 of 29 free throws (75.9%). In the last five games, he has averaged 12.0 points.