Indiana University is in its 121st season of competition in men’s basketball and completed its 50th season in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers will travel to No. 23 Purdue on Saturday looking to snap a 4-game losing streak after they fell at Michigan State, 64-58 on Tuesday.
Indiana (12-13, 7-11 B1G) at #23/23 Purdue (17-8 12-6 B1G)
Saturday, March 6 • 2 p.m. ET
Mackey Arena • West Lafayette, Ind.
TV: ESPN (Jason Benetti and Robbie Hummel)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Purdue leads, 123-89
Last Meeting: PU 81, at IU 69; 1/14/21
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 67-56 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 206-119 in 9+ years as a head coach, which includes 6 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. Purdue is led by Matt Painter who is 354-182 in 16 years in West Lafayette.
JACKSON-DAVIS LOOKING FOR POST SEASON HONORS
Sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis ranks among B1G leaders in scoring, rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots. He had his 22nd career double-double after posting a 21-point, 11 rebound effort at Rutgers. He had a career-high 34 points and added 9 boards in the first meeting against Michigan State. He has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week. His most dominant performance this season was a 25-point, 17-rebound effort at Florida State. He is one of five finalists for the Karl Malone Award given annually to the top power forward in the nation and was named to the Wooden and Naismith Award Mid-Season Watch Lists. He is averaging 19.4 points, 9.2 rebounds while shooting 51.7% from the floor and a team-high 36 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, at Florida State, Nebraska). He is 3rd in the nation in FTs made (143) and 2nd in FT attempts (215). Both lead the Big Ten.
ODDS AND TRENDS
IU has played a national-high 5 overtime games this season (2-3), the most since they played 6 in 1998-99. The Hoosiers are slated to be no worse than the #10 seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament which means they will open play on Thursday. IU played Gonzaga on December 6, 2008, the first game basketball game ever in Lucas Oil Stadium. Gionzaga won 70-54. IU Coach Archie Miller coached in the second game that day in Lucas Oil Stadium as an assistant at Ohio State when they took on Notre Dame. Senior Aljami Durham became the 53rd player in school history to eclipse the 1,000-point mark at IU. He had 15 points against Michigan and is now 52nd in IU history with 1,009 points. Durham has shot 41.2% from long range in Big Ten play. Sophomore guard Armaan Franklin injured his right foot in the first half at Rutgers and hasn’t played since. He is averaging 44.4% from long distance in the Big Ten. In Big Ten play, Jackson-Davis has made 94 free throws in 146 attempts. The attempts are the highest of any player in the nation in conference games. Freshman Khristian Lander has averaged 7 points per game in the last 2 games. Freshman Jordan Geronimo has made 53.6% of his shots in league play (15/28). With 20 blocks and 20 steals this season, redshirt junior Race Thompson is one of only 2 players in the league to have at least 20 in each category.