INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW VS. RUTGERS
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 travel to Rutgers after falling at home to Michigan State, 78-71, last Saturday. The Scarlet Knights won the first meeting between the two teams, 74-70, in Bloomington on January 24.
Indiana (12-10, 7-8 B1G) at Rutgers (12-9, 8-9 B1G)
Wednesday, Feb 24 • 8 p.m. ET
Rutgers Athletic Center • Piscataway, N.J.
TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn
Series History: Indiana leads, 7-4
Last Meeting: RU 74, at IU 70; 1/24/21
Indiana Coach Archie Miller is in his fourth season of guiding the Cream and Crimson and is 67-53 with the Hoosiers and earned career win 200 against Penn State. He is 206-116 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. Rutgers is led by Steve Pikiell who is in his 5th season and is 76-74.
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 a career-high 34 points and added 9 boards in the loss against Michigan State. He had his 21st career double-double – 20 points and 10 boards against Minnesota. 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 averaging 20.8 points and 10.8 boards in the last 5 games. He was named a second-team Mid-Season All-American by Dick Vitale and The Sporting News and was named to the Wooden and Naismith Award Mid-Season Watch Lists. He is averaging 20.2 points, 9.4 rebounds while shooting 53.7% from the floor and a team-high 32 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 (125) and 2nd in FT attempts (187). Both lead the Big Ten. He and Illinois’ Ayo Dosunmu are the only players in the league to score in double figures every game this season.
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. IU has won 3 Big Ten road games this season after winning just 2 a year ago. Senior Aljami Durham needs 26 points to become the 53rd player in IU history to score 1,000 points or more in his career with the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers closed out the Minnesota game making 12 of 13 free throws in the final minutes and 20 of 21 charity tosses in the final 2 minutes and both overtimes against Northwestern. IU held the nation’s second best offense, Iowa, (87.8) to 69 and 65 points in their two meetings. In the last 10 games, Durham is shooting 48.4% from long range, sophomore Jerome Hunter is shooting 45.8%, and sophomore Armaan Franklin is hitting on 43.2% from beyond the arc. Jackson-Davis is averaging 20.2 points and 9.4 rebounds. the last Hoosier to average 20 points was Eric Gordon in 2008 at 20.9. The last IU player to averaged 10 rebounds or more was D.J. White also is 2008 at 10.3. The last Hoosier to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in a season was Steve Downing who contributed 20.1 points and 10.6 boards in 1973.