The Hoosiers earned their signature win of the season, and Archie Miller’s signature win of his Indiana tenure, with an 81 to 69 victory over the Hawkeyes on Thursday evening. Without the services of Trey Galloway due to a sore back, the Hoosiers had to find additional players to fit in the rotation, which proved to be more difficult with Race Thompson and Trayce Jackson-Davis both in foul trouble for the majority of the first half.
Here are the best lineups that helped Indiana get it done in Iowa City.
- Indiana’s best lineup was the unit of Phinisee/Franklin/Durham/Hunter/Geronimo, who helped IU flip the game around in their statement win at 4th-ranked Iowa. The group’s main shift in the game started with 8:10 to go. Over the next 3:45, that group outscored Iowa 9-0, turning a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead that IU never relinquished.
- This unit had not played together all season until tonight’s game.
- In fact, either Race Thompson or Trayce Jackson-Davis were on the floor for every second of Big Ten play until this contest
- Without Trey Galloway, Archie Miller turned to a starting lineup of Phinisee/Franklin/Durham/Thompson/Jackson-Davis. They went -3 in the game, but +1 in the second half. Miller elected to use his starters for the final 2:05, and they outscored Iowa 14-13 in that segment to seal the victory.
- Al Durham and Jerome Hunter far and away led Indiana in the +/- category at +16 each. Durham was especially important in the “fourth quarter”, going +18 in the final 10:55. He was the only Hoosier to play every second in that time span.
- IU’s offense was especially efficient with Trayce Jackson-Davis on the floor. In his 27:43 of playing time, IU scored 62 points, or 2.24 points per minute (PPM). IU scored 19 points in the 12:17 when he sat, or 1.55 PPM.
- The Hoosiers’ defense really tightened the screws when Jerome Hunter was on the court. IU gave up just 25 points in his 21:12, or 1.18 PPM. In the 18:48 he was sidelined, IU gave up 44 points, or 2.34 PPM.
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