The season is underway, as No. 13 Indiana routed Morehead St. 88-53 on Monday night. The Hoosiers were led by 15 points from Trayce Jackson-Davis and Malik Reneau, while IU’s defense forced 21 turnovers from their opponent. You can catch the full recap of the opener here.
Which player combinations made the biggest impact for Indiana? How did Mike Woodson deploy his experienced players compared to his freshmen? Let’s dive into the details.
- IU’s best lineup from a raw +/- standpoint was the combination of Jalen Hood-Schifino, Tamar Bates, Trey Galloway, Jordan Geronimo, and Reneau (pictured in the featured image). Not only did they go +14, but they also limited MSU to just two points in the 4:53 they were on the court.
- The trio of Hood-Schifino, Bates, and Geronimo were exceptional, putting up a +23 in their 6:48 of playing time. Indiana won those minutes 25-2. IU was just +12 for the other 33:12 in the contest.
- IU’s best player by raw +/- was Geronimo (+30). He also played just 15:47, easily leading Indiana in +/- per minute played at +1.9 per minute. IU won his minutes by a score of 44-14. In the other 24:13, Indiana outscored Morehead St. 44-37.
- IU’s worst lineup of the game featured Hood-Schifino and Bates, but with Reneau, Jackson-Davis, and Miller Kopp on the court. They conceded the lead to the Eagles in the first half and managed just three points in the 2:44 they played.
- Woodson did not over-exert Race Thompson tonight, playing him just 16:43 on Monday night. Interestingly, every second Thompson spent on the court was alongside his “buddy ball” comrade, Jackson-Davis. Thompson and Jackson-Davis went +5 in the minutes they played together. Jackson-Davis went +0 in the additional 6:05 without Thompson.
- Woodson used 13 unique player combinations over the course of the game, including some time for CJ Gunn, Kaleb Banks, Anthony Leal, and Logan Duncomb at the end of the contest.
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