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 p.c from the area and 71.4 p.c 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 price (FTA/FGA), however shot solely 66.1 p.c from the line in league play. If he can sustain the enchancment as the season continues, it may very well 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 flattening 36.8 p.c from distance by way of 4 video games.
Fifth-year senior Miller Kopp continued his scorching capturing on Sunday, flattening two of his 5 makes an attempt in IU’s 30-level win.
The 6-foot-7 senior would not have a excessive utilization price – simply 15.4 p.c to date – however he is making the most of the photographs he is taking. Kopp has linked 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 p.c 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 influence.
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 p.c on 2s and has the highest utilization price on the workforce amongst regulars at 28.7 p.c, per KenPom.
His efficiency against Miami (OH) drew robust reward from coach Travis Steele.
“Listen, Malik in all probability would 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 professional depth behind Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson, which the Hoosiers did not have final season.
Indiana handles a fast turnaround following Friday’s win
It in all probability should not have been a shock Indiana began gradual 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 just like what it would see come NCAA match time, Indiana overcame a gradual begin and finally wore down an overmatched Miami (OH) workforce.
“I assumed it was a terrific job on our half in dealing with the brief days to get ready for this sport,” Mike Woodson stated. “The manner the schedule is about up is about up like enjoying in the match, which I believe is sweet for us.
“Every two, three days we’re enjoying a ball sport. We’ll get a break right here and there, however, hey, that is what the schedule is, man. I’ve simply received 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 robust 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 kind of issues the place it might not — we have all been by way of it as gamers, however, you realize, you place the work in, and generally it would not present proper if you need it to.
“It’s like marinating hen. You know, you want to let it sit perhaps six, eight hours in the fridge after which put it on the grill. It tastes lots higher like that. It’s going to return, and the dude works his butt off, so I’m not fearful 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 collection #fyp #primalsonly ? authentic sound – Mill
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