The Hoosiers open up strong in Asheville, N.C. with a 21-point victory over the Providence Friars. Archie Miller, still without Joey Brunk, relied on 18 unique line up combinations on an afternoon where everything seemed to go right for Indiana. Led by Trayce Jackson-Davis, a total of six Hoosiers were double-digit positive in the plus-minus category.

  1. Indiana’s starting lineup played a whopping 14:09 together in this contest. They played 4:08 in the opener against Tennessee Tech. In the 18:17 total, the group has gone +16. At the start of games specifically, this unit went +6 before the first media timeout on Wednesday and +5 before the first one against Providence.
  2. Each of Indiana’s four best lineups in +/- per minute (min. 1:00) featured Trayce Jackson-Davis. He may not have had the best shooting performance, but he led the team with a +22.
  3. Indiana’s most valuable backcourt player against Providence was Armaan Franklin. IU outscored Providence 60-40 in the 28:08 he was on the floor. In the other 11:52, it was 19-18 IU.
  4. Point guards Khristian Lander and Rob Phinisee did not play together in the season opener, and they took the court together for just a single 3:07 stint late in the first half vs. Providence. IU was outscored by four in that stretch, so you may not see a Lander/Phinisee combo vs. No. 17 Texas.

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