Hoosiers Play Host to No. 21/17 Iowa on Thursday
Indiana University is in its 120th season of competition in men’s basketball and completes a two-game homestand when it hosts #21/17 Iowa on Thursday. The Hoosiers are looking to snap a four-game losing streak after falling to Purdue, 74-62, on Saturday. According to ESPN’s BPI, the Hoosiers are projected to have the 4th toughest strength of schedule in the country for the remainder of the season.
Thursday, Feb. 13 • 8 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN (Dave Revsine and Shon Morris) | Watch Online
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 102-78
Last Meeting: at Iowa 76, IU 70 (ot) – 2/22/19
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his third season of guiding the Cream and Crimson. He is 189-102 in eight-plus 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. He is 50-39 at IU. Fran McCaffery is in his 10th season at Iowa and is 189-139 with the Hawkeyes.
NEWS & NOTES
Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the 4th time this season after he had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocked shots against Purdue. He is averaging a team-best 13.8 points and 7.9 rebounds. He is just one of four freshman nationally (Vernon Carey, Jr. – Duke, Zeke Nnaji – Arizona and Isiah Stewart – Washington) to lead his team in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage, free throws made and free throws attempted and blocked shots. In the Big Ten, Jackson-Davis is the top freshman scorer overall and in conference games (12.7). He also leads in overall and conference play in field goal percentage (59.6 and 53.5), blocked shots (1.9 and 1.8), free throws made (94 and 46) and attempts (132 and 63). He is second overall and in league games in rebounding (7.9 and 7.2). He is 8th in the Big Ten in rebounding, 3rd in field goal percentage and 7th in blocked shots.
Junior Justin Smith is averaging 11.3 points and leads the Hoosiers with 26 steals. He had 11 points against Purdue. Redshirt freshman Jerome Hunter is making more of an impact as of late. He is averaging 8.3 points in the last 5 games and is shooting 43.8% (7/16) from long distance. He had 10 points against Purdue. Redshirt junior forward Joey Brunk leads the conference in field goal percentage in B1G games only at 56.6%. Among players in the B1G who have come off the bench 10 or more times this season, senior Devonte Green leads the conference averaging 10.6 points in those games. Sophomore Rob Phinisee is the team’s top 3-point shooter making 37.8% of his attempts. He is second on the team with 56 assists. Junior Aljami Durham is tied for the team lead in assists with 54.
ODDS AND TRENDS
In its last 5 games, IU is shooting 38.7% from three-point range. The 22 assists against Maryland were a season-high and the 6 turnovers in that game were a season low. IU matched its season-high in 3FGM with 9 against the Terrapins. In league play, IU has the best defensive rebounding pct. in the league hauling in 76.2 % of opponent misses. IU leads the Big Ten in free throw attempts at 54.1%.