INDIANA HOSTS PENN STATE WEDNESDAY
Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and opens the doors of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for the 50th season. The Hoosiers will host Penn State as the Hoosiers look to snap a 2-game skid. IU is coming off a 69-60 loss at Illinois.
Wednesday, Dec. 30 • 8:30 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Robbie Hummel)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 40-12
Last Meeting: at IU 68, PSU 60; 2/23/20
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 60-47 with the Hoosiers. He is 199-110 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. Penn State is led by interim head coach Jim Ferry.
ARMAAN ON A ROLL
In the last 4 games, sophomore Armaan Franklin is averaging 19.5 points, shooting 54.7% from field and 65.4% from 3FG He has established career-high scoring efforts in 3 of his last 4 games. He had 23 points and made 5 of 6 3FG at Illinois. He followed up his first career-high 19-point performance against North Alabama with a 20-point effort against Butler. He hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and added 3 assists and two steals. He had 16 against Northwestern. He leads the league and nation in the last 2 weeks with 17 made 3’s. Franklin has the second highest increase in points scored per game in the B1G at +9.9. Only Rutgers’ Ron Harper (12.2) is higher.
JACKSON-DAVIS STARTS SEASON STRONG
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots. His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game at Maui. He was named Big Ten Player of the Week and All-Tournament for his efforts at the Maui Invitational. He is a Preseason All-Big Ten pick and has been named to several Preseason All-American teams and is on the watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and Malone Awards. He has had 14 career double-doubles. The Hoosiers are 12-2 when he reaches that milestone. He is averaging 20.0 points, 8.6 rebounds while shooting 52.6% from the floor and a team-high 19 blocks this season. He is the only Hoosier in the last 25 years to have 3 games of 25 points and 15 rebounds (at Minnesota, Nebraska). He is 2nd in the nation in FTs made (58) and 1st in attempts (80). He had 21 points, 8 boards and a career-high 5 blocks against Butler and 22 points and 9 caroms against Northwestern.
IU is shooting 40.0% from long range (32 for 80) and averaging 8 triples per game in the last 4 games.