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 third place finish at the Maui Invitational where it posted wins over Providence and Stanford. The FSU game is the the second 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).
ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Wednesday, Dec. 9 • 7:15 p.m.
Donald L. Tucker Arena • Tallahassee, Fla.
TV: ESPN (Dave O’Brien and Jay Bilas)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | Tune In
Series History: Indiana leads, 5-0
Last Meeting: IU 80, FSU 64; 12/3/19
This is a rematch of last year’s ACC/Big Ten Challenge meeting where the Hoosiers knocked off the eventual ACC Champions, 80-64 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 58-44 with the Hoosiers. He is 197-107 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. Leonard Hamilton is in his 19th season at FSU and has 383 wins with the Seminoles and 583 overall in his coaching career.
JACKSON-DAVIS HONORED BY MAUI INVITATIONAL/BIG TEN
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was named All-Tournament at the Maui Invitational and Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the three-day event. He had a career-high 31 points in the win over Stanford in the 3rd place game. 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 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. The Hoosiers are 12-1 when he records a double-double, including a 26-point, 11-board effort earlier this season against Tennessee Tech.
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. IU is second in the Big Ten allowing opponents to shoot just 23.0% from long distance. 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 averaging 11.5 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds. Senior guard Aljami Durham left the Texas game with an injured left ankle and his availability has not been determined. He had 19 points and six rebounds against Providence. Sophomore Armaan Franklin had one of the best games of his career with 13 points, 8 boards, 5 assists in 40 minutes against Stanford. He also held top-10 recruit Zaire Williams to 1-of-10 shooting.