INDIANA BASKETBALL PREVIEW VS. STANFORD

(IU SI)

OPENING TIP

Indiana University begins its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. IU is coming off a 79-58 win over Providence in the first round of the Camping World Maui Invitational followed by a loss to Texas on Tuesday.  IU is 12-9 all-time in the Maui Invitational.  The Hoosiers advanced to the semifinals for the first time since winning the event in 2002.  The Texas game was the the first of possibly 15 games against teams ranked in the AP Preseason Poll (Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Michigan).  IU is currently 33-20 all-time against PAC-12 teams.  The Hoosiers will play a team from the PAC-12 for the first time since taking on UCLA on March 17, 2007 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

GAME INFORMATION

Wednesday, Dec. 2 • 1:30 p.m.

Harrah’s Cherokee Center • Asheville, NC

TV: ESPN (Jason Benetti and Bill Walton)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn

Series History: Indiana leads, 4-0

Last Meeting:  IU 84, SU 73; 11/20/88

THE COACHES

Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 57-44 with the Hoosiers.  He is 196-107 in nine+ years as a head coach, which includes six years at the University of Dayton.  His Flyer teams made NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his last four seasons, including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014.  Jerrod Haase is in his 5th  year at Stanford.  He is 71-61.

JACKSON-DAVIS EARNS PRESEASON HONORS

Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, a Preseason All-Big Ten pick, has been named to several Preseason All-American teams and is on the watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Malone Award.  He was named third team All-Big Ten and also selected to the All-Freshman team. He had 12 double-doubles, the most since D.J. White had 20 in 2007-08.  Davis, a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Center Grove High School, was just one of four freshman nationally a year ago to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, FG percentage, FT made and FT attempted and blocked shots.  He is averaging 18.3 points and 7.3 rebounds early in the season.  He had his 13th career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds against Tennessee Tech.  The Hoosiers are 12-1 when he records a double-double. 

MISCELLANEOUS

IU returns seven of its top nine scorers, including four starters.  Last year, IU was on the brink of earning its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2016 before the COVID-19 pandemic halted post season play after one game.  The Hoosiers finished the season with a 20-12 record.  Redshirt junior Race Thompson had a career-night against Providence.  He finished with his first career double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds.  He is abveraging 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the first 3 starts of his career.  The duo has shot 40 free throws in three games.  Jackson-Davis is 15 for 22 (68.2%) and Thompson is 9 of 18 (50.0%).  Thompson has 12 offensive rebounds and Jackson-Davis has 11.

Senior guard Aljami Durham left the Texas game with an injured left ankle  and his availability has not been determined. He is averaging 12.0 points and 4.7 rebounds.  He had 19 points and six rebounds against Texas. Junior guard Rob Phinisee had 11 points and 5 assists against Providence and has 8 assists without  turnover in 3 games. Sophomore Armaan Franklin is averaging 7.3 points and has averaged 4.7 rebounds. Freshman Trey Galloway is the top scorer off the bench averaging 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.  IU is holding opponents to 22.4% shooting from long range after 3 games.