INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana improved to 4-0 with an 86-56 win against Miami (OH) on Sunday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Here are 5 takeaways from the win against the RedHawks:
Trayce Jackson-Davis dominates (once more)
Through 4 video games, Trayce Jackson-Davis resides as much as his preseason All-American billing.
After Sunday’s 17 factors and 16 rebounds in 25 minutes against Miami (OH), Jackson-Davis is sitting at fifth in Ken Pomeroy’s nationwide participant of the yr rankings.
Jackson-Davis has been hyper-environment friendly this season. He’s capturing 75.6 % from the discipline and 71.4 % from the free throw line. He’s averaging 20.8 factors and eight.8 rebounds regardless of logging solely 26.3 minutes on common by way of 4 video games.
We nonetheless have not seen Jackson-Davis step out to the perimeter, and possibly will not, however his improved free throw capturing is a key improvement.
Last season, Jackson-Davis led the Big Ten in free throw charge (FTA/FGA), however shot solely 66.1 % from the line in league play. If he can sustain the enchancment as the season continues, it might be the distinction in an in depth sport.
Miller Kopp continues to knock down 3s
Indiana is not taking a excessive quantity of three-pointers, however the Hoosiers are pulling down 36.8 % from distance by way of 4 video games.
Fifth-year senior Miller Kopp continued his scorching capturing on Sunday, pulling down two of his 5 makes an attempt in IU’s 30-level win.
The 6-foot-7 senior does not have a excessive utilization charge – simply 15.4 % to this point – however he is making the most of the photographs he is taking. Kopp has related on 9 3s this season, six greater than anybody else on the roster.
It’s unrealistic to suppose Kopp can proceed to shoot 52.9 % on 3s. But if he can proceed to offer flooring spacing and knock down well timed photographs, he’ll stay a key determine in Indiana’s rotation all season.
Malik Reneau makes the most of his minutes
The freshman ahead has come off the bench in all 4 video games to begin the season however is making a serious impression.
Reneau is Indiana’s second-main scorer at 11.5 factors per sport in simply 17.5 minutes per sport. He’s capturing 73.1 % on 2s and has the highest utilization charge on the workforce amongst regulars at 28.7 %, per KenPom.
His efficiency against Miami (OH) drew sturdy reward from coach Travis Steele.
“Listen, Malik most likely does not get sufficient play, like I’m saying so far as which means how good he’s,” Steele defined. “He’s phenomenal. He’s actually, actually good.”
The addition of Reneau has given Indiana reliable depth behind Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson, which the Hoosiers didn’t have final season.
Indiana handles a fast turnaround following Friday’s win
It most likely should not have been a shock Indiana began sluggish on Sunday evening.
The Hoosiers needed to battle for a full 40-minutes to grind out a win at the Cintas Center against Xavier lower than 48 hours earlier.
In a turnaround much like what it is going to see come NCAA match time, Indiana overcame a sluggish begin and finally wore down an overmatched Miami (OH) workforce.
“I assumed it was an ideal job on our half in dealing with the quick days to get ready for this sport,” Mike Woodson stated. “The method the schedule is ready up is ready up like taking part in in the match, which I believe is sweet for us.
“Every two, three days we’re taking part in a ball sport. We’ll get a break right here and there, however, hey, that is what the schedule is, man. I’ve simply acquired to get these guys up and able to play each time we step out on that flooring.”
Hood-Schifino delivers his greatest sport of the younger season
Jalen Hood-Schifino seemed like a freshman in Friday’s win over Xavier.
The Montverde product scored solely three factors on 1-for-9 capturing against the Musketeers.
Hood-Schifino bounced again with the greatest sport of his younger profession at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The 6-foot-6 guard scored 12 factors on 5-for-12 capturing and added 5 rebounds, two assists and dedicated just one turnover in 20 minutes.
While his general capturing numbers aren’t sturdy by way of 4 video games, Indiana has to hope Hood-Schifino can construct on Sunday’s efficiency.
“He places in the work,” Miller Kopp stated of his teammate. “It’s a type of issues the place it could not — we have all been by way of it as gamers, however, , you place in the work, and typically it does not present proper if you need it to.
“It’s like marinating hen. You know, it’s good to let it sit possibly six, eight hours in the fridge after which put it on the grill. It tastes lots higher like that. It’s going to come back, and the dude works his butt off, so I’m not frightened about that.”
While unrelated to the efficiency by Hood-Schifino, Kopp’s use of the phrase “hen” was defined over on TikTok:
@millerkopp This goes to be an ongoing sequence #fyp #primalonly ? authentic sound – Mill
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