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Indiana University is in its 122nd season of competition in men’s basketball and will play its final regular season home game against Rutgers. IU has won two straight defeating Maryland, 74-64, at home and winning at Minnesota, 84-79. Rutgers has dropped two in a row and fell at home to Wisconsin, 66-61, on Saturday.
Wednesday, March 2 • 7:00 p.m. ET
Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) • Bloomington, Ind.
TV: BTN (Brandon Gaudin and Robbie Hummel)
Radio: IU Radio Network (Don Fischer, Errek Suhr, Joe Smith) | TuneIn App
Series History: Indiana leads 7-6
Last Meeting: RUT 61, IU 50 (March 11, 2021 in Indianapolis)
IU Rankings: KenPom (42nd), NET (44th)
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.
Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell is in his sixth year at Rutgers.
DEFENSE LEADS THE HOOSIERS
The Hoosiers are the top-rated team in the Big Ten in defense according to KenPom (19th nationally). IU is first in the Big Ten in field goal percentage defense (38.7%) and first in conference games only (41.2%). The lead the league in scoring defense (65.3) and are second in blocked shots (5.4). The Hoosiers 38.7% field goal defense mark would be the program’s best in the last 23 seasons. IU held opponents to 38.8% shooting in 1999-2000.
ALL-AMERICAN TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS
Junior/sophomore forward Trayce Jackson-Davis is averaging 17.4 points (6th in B1G), 8.2 rebounds (6th), shooting 57.5% from the floor (4th) and contributing 69 blocked shots (1st).
He set a Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall record by scoring 43 points against Marshall, breaking the previous mark (42) set by Steve Alford against Michigan State.
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.
Jackson-Davis now has scored 1,437 points as a Hoosier, rating 20th all-time in IU lore.
THOMPSON MAKING A NAME FOR HIMSELF
Redshirt Sr./Jr. Race Thompson has averaged 14.2 points and 8.2 rebounds in the last nine games and is shooting 44.4% from long distance and 57.3% from the field in that time. He is ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.8). Thompson had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Michigan State.
Recently, he had 18 points against Penn State and Maryland, while added his fourth double-double of the season when he grabbed 12 boards against the Terrapins.
He is second on the team averaging 12.0 points and shooting 55.5% from the field with 21 blocked shots. He leads the team with 29 steals. He had a season-high 19-point effort against Maryland.
ODDS AND TRENDS
Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson averaged 21.3 points and 6.0 assists and shot 58.3% from long range and made 23-of-27 free throws in three games last week. He has had back-to-back 24-point games. He had a near perfect night against Maryland 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. Johnson also went 10-for-10 from the free throw line at Ohio State.
IU shot a season-best 75.0% from the field in the second half against Maryland, making 15-of-20 field goal attempts. The Hoosiers 10-of-13 shooting (76.9%) from long range against Penn State was their third best shooting effort from distance since 1996-97 (USF, 1998 and Kent State, 2002).
In the last 15 games, IU has dropped its turnovers over 5.0 per game at 10.0 per contest. In the last two games, IU has shot 57.4% from the field (58-of-101) and 44.1% from long distance (15-of-34).
Despite being ninth on the team in minutes played, So./Fr. Jordan Geronimo is fourth on the team with 67 offensive rebounds. He tied his Big Ten career-high with 10 points at Minnesota on Sunday.