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Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will open play in the 2022 Big Ten Tournament against the eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines. The Hoosiers will be looking to end a nine-game losing streak to the Wolverines after Michigan won the lone matchup by a score of 80-62 on Jan. 23 in Bloomington.

The streak began in the 2016 Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinals in Indianapolis when the Wolverines knocked off top seed IU, 72-69. Since that game, IU has won six straight in Gainbridge Fieldhouse, including a 64-56 win over Notre Dame in December.

GAME INFORMATION

2022 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Second Round

Thursday, March 10 • 11:30 a.m. ET

Gainbridge Fieldhouse (20,000) • Indianapolis, Ind.

TV: BTN (Kevin Kugler and Stephen Bardo)

Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App

Series History: Indiana leads 107-65

Last Meeting: MICH 80, IU 62 (Jan. 23, 2022 in Bloomington)

ON THE SIDELINES

IU Hall of Famer, All-American, Big Ten MVP and Indiana native Mike Woodson is the first Hoosier graduate to lead the program at the start of the season since Lou Watson in 1965. Woodson brings nine years of NBA head coaching experience (Atlanta Hawks and New York Knicks) back to his alma mater and worked for seven franchises as an assistant coach and won an NBA title in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons. He played 11 seasons in the NBA as a player and is the fifth all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,061 points.

Wolverines Coach Juwan Howard is in his third year at U-M.

DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS

The Hoosiers are the top-rated defensive team in the Big Ten according to KenPom (20th nationally). IU is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (39.0%) and first in conference games only (41.3%). They lead the league in defensive rebounds (27.5) and are second in blocked shots (5.0).

ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS

Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 17.4 points (7th in B1G), 8.2 rebounds (5th), shooting 57.8% from the floor (3rd) and contributing 71 blocked shots (2nd).

He has had nine double-doubles this season and 31 in his career with IU posting a 23-8 record in those games. He notched four straight double-doubles for the first time in his career after he had 23 points and 12 boards at Nebraska on Jan. 17.

Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,471 points as a Hoosier, rating 18th all-time in IU lore.

He was named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches, media and AP this season and was a member of the league’s All-Defensive team. He was a third-team choice his freshman season and a first (media) and second-team pick (coaches) a season ago.

THOMPSON MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF

Redshirt Sr./Jr. Race Thompson has averaged 13.2 points and 8.3 rebounds in the last 10 games while shooting 36.8% from long distance and 55.4% from the field in that time. He ranks ninth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.9).

He is second on the team in scoring (11.8ppg), steals (32), blocks (21) and FG percentage (55.6%). He and Big Ten Player of the Year Johnny Davis lead the Big Ten in most games recording at least eight points and six rebounds with 17 (credit Zach Osterman, Indy Star).

Thompson was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media and was IU’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner.

X MARKS THE SPOT

Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson has averaged 19.0 points and 6.4 assists in his last five outings. He has shot 45.0% from long range and made 28 of his last 32 free throws.

He had back-to-back 24-point games against Maryland and at Minnesota and was nearly perfect against the Terps when he made 7-of-7 field goals, 3-of-3 from long distance and made 7-of-8 free throws. He also added six assists. At Purdue, Johnson led IU with 19 points and a career-high 12 assists, the second most by a Hoosier since the 1996-97 season.

Johnson was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media.

ODDS AND TRENDS

The Hoosiers 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%) from long range against Penn State (Jan. 26) was their third best shooting effort from distance since 1996-97 (USF, 1998 and Kent State, 2002).

In the last 16 games, IU has dropped its turnovers over 5.0 per game at 10.0 per contest.

IU has held at least a four-point lead in 11 of its 12 losses. The only game where they did not lead was against Michigan (Jan. 23).