The Hoosiers found their first conference victory of the 2020-2021 season after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions in overtime on Wednesday evening. Now with 10 games completed, the Hoosiers are starting to find a rotation of players, while still trying to balance over usage of players like Trayce Jackson-Davis and the guards.
Freshman Trey Galloway had a solid presence, playing a total of 36 minutes. Sophomore Trayce Jackson-Davis played a game high 37 minutes.
Here is how the top lineups finished:
- In our lineup report from the Northwestern game, we highlighted that if Archie Miller wanted to elevate his team’s play when either Thompson or Jackson-Davis sat, he should go with Phinisee/Franklin/Durham/Hunter/Jackson-Davis. That group hadn’t received much playing time together since the opener vs. Tennessee Tech, but that changed vs. PSU. That unit went +6 in 3:41. That group, which is +26 on the season, should play more in the weeks ahead.
- Ironically, that same group, except with Thompson in for Jackson-Davis, has struggled this season, including on Wednesday night. They went -7 in 2:41, including a 1:26 stretch in the second half when Miller tried buying a minute of rest for Jackson-Davis. That lineup let PSU cut a 77-68 IU lead to 77-73 with 3:07 to go.
- Speaking of Jackson-Davis, he was Mr. Reliable for Indiana against Penn St. He was a team-high +7 in 37:20, and he keyed IU’s solid start, going +5 in his first shift of the game, which lasted 3:37.
- Indiana’s offense was at its best with Durham on the floor. IU scored 75 points in his 35:22, or 2.12 points per minute (PPM). IU scored just 12 points in the 9:38 he was sidelined, or 1.25 PPM.
- Meanwhile, IU’s defense was at its best with freshman Trey Galloway on the floor. IU gave up 1.72 PPM with him on the court, but an eye-popping 2.60 PPM with him off. Galloway was a team-high +7 as well. He played a career-high 36:08.
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