BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — On a wintry weekend in Bloomington, Hoosier fans waiting in line for the afternoon’s matchup against rival Purdue are expected to witness a bit of history take place. The deviation of attention comes at important time for the program as the team on the floor is attempting to end their three-game losing streak. Just before Indiana’s 2 p.m. tipoff against the Boilermakers, news out of Bloomington included the following.
Bob Knight returns to Assembly Hall
Indiana’s legendary head coach Bob Knight is expected to return back to Assembly Hall for his first public appearance since his farewell speech in 2000. The former coach has relocated to Bloomington and he was seen at an Indiana University baseball game last year. He has also made appearances around the town of Bloomington, including getting on stage with former players at the Blue Bird.
The university will also be honoring the 1980 team at halftime. That team included All-Americans Mike Woodson, Isiah Thomas, Randy Wittman, Ted Kitchel, and Landon Turner. Despite being pre-season ranked number one, the Hoosiers suffered a number of critical injuries that plagued the team. Mike Woodson’s return in December helped the team win their last six league games to claim the Big Ten title.
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Trayce Jackson-Davis says he’s planning to return for his sophomore season
Indiana’s freshman star Trayce Jackson-Davis tells reporter Tom Brew that he will be returning back to Indiana University for his sophomore season. Sporting a new haircut, Jackson-Davis mentions that he has a number of improvements to his game that he still wants to make.
Although Jackson-Davis had an impressive start to his freshman season, he has been on a relative struggle in the past handful of league games. In part due to the bigger players in the Big Ten as well as the better scouting and denial, Jackson-Davis is seeking for the same breakout game that he had consistently early on.
After averaging 15.2 points and 8.3 rebounds through his first 15 games as a Hoosier, Jackson Davis has averaged just 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Of course, his last seven games included all Big Ten conference games.
You can read the full article below from Tom Brew.
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Race Thompson preparing for return to the floor
Race Thompson has been sitting for the Hoosiers for the past three games after suffering a back injury on a hard foul against Michigan State. The Hoosiers have had a lack of front court options, which resulted in a glowing rebound deficit against Ohio State last week.
The return of the redshirt sophomore will be important for Indiana’s depth in the paint and his knack for rebounding will come in handy as Indiana takes on one of the larger teams in the conference in Purdue.
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