Final out of Bloomington: Indiana Hoosiers 90 – Jackson State 51
The Indiana Hoosiers were able to rightfully handle the Jackson State Tigers. Leaving little doubt, the Hoosier depth was once again able to shine when the 0-4 tigers rolled into town. The Indiana Hoosiers beat the “0 for” Tigers, and left little doubt in this game. While Indiana teams of prior seasons may have let at least one of these lesser non-conference opponents stay competitive into one of these. Indiana is handling their weaker opponents as a hopeful title contender should. Another game down and Indiana remains “and 0”. The campaign towards banner #6 has yet to hit their first speed bump.
The Hoosiers allowed Jackson State to run with them for the first few minutes of this one. But, once the game got going it was business as usual. I say it each time we face opponents such as this one, the top teams don’t play down to the level of their opponent. They take the court and play their own brand of basketball, dismantling the opposition with extreme prejudice. That is just what they were asked to do today, and the Hoosiers did not disappoint.
Good to see Trayce Jackson-Davis getting back to action in this game. He had one of his more modest stat lines of the season, still ending with double digits in scoring. In 19 minutes Trayce Jackson-Davis Trayce was able to amass 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 1 assist. While not the over the top presence he has been to start the season, he wasn’t asked to be. Trayce played well, and continued to be the personification of the word captain.
Race followed up his big performance against the Little Rock Trojans with 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists against the Jackson State Tigers. Sporting the headband again Race played far fewer minutes than usual with 18. With the amount of depth on the Hoosier roster, Race wasn’t asked to do much. Just played an integral part to a great team win today.
Xavier continued his hot shooting streak against Jackson State, sinking 4 3-pointers against the Tigers defense. He is beginning to become Indiana’s most reliable deep threat. While we were all looking for the shooting to make itself apparent. I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be Xavier that began making himself our marquee shot option.
Tamar was able to deliver some key shots. Some shots that the Indiana teams of recent years would have missed for sure. He ended the day with an incredible 4 3-pointers made. In this game, he truly showed out as he amassed his most productive night scoring. Tamar looked incredible in route to 22 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists. Tamar Bates willingness to offer up substantial and starting minutes elsewhere, he is playing his part on the Hoosiers’ championship efforts. Good to see the young man really let the game come to him and good to see him put up an atypically wonderful stat line. 22 is Tamar’s new career high.
Jordan Geronimo came up with a quick defensive steal for the easy turnover bucket. He continues to impress my we with the finesse that he’s added to his game. While Jordan Geronimo’s raw athleticism and strength had him as a potential threat in season’s prior. If he is able to focus all of that, as he appears to be doing, this could be a breakout season for him. He is a large part in the rotational development that has Indiana playing its’ most competitive ball in nearly a decade.
Indiana played their typical, blanketing defense and didn’t allow Jackson State any time to get things going from the floor. The Hoosiers held Jackson State to 35% shooting from the field, and 27% from the three. Yes, it was a weaker opponent, and yes, North Carolina is going to pose frustrations that we have yet to come across. But, this Indiana defense is solid, this is a really, really aggressive and methodical unit. I have to imagine whatever North Carolina can throw at it, this Indiana defense will have the Hoosiers in this game from beginning to end.
All in all, this recap should read like the last several against these lesser opponents, and thank the Lord that it does. Indiana is delivering a solid product, a product not determined by what the opposition is bringing to the table. Keep playing their own game and the Hoosiers will keep finding success. It most certainly will not be this easy when the Tar Heels come to town on Wednesday, but Indiana has been looking very dangerous in their 6-0 start to the season. While we cannot expect it to be such a dominant display, I believe the Hoosier Faithful can be competent that against the Heels in Assembly Hall, THIS team has more than a puncher’s chance.
Thank you for taking the ctime to read these short thoughts of an Indiana fanboy writing about the team he loves watching. Have a great weekend Hoosier fans. If you’re heading to the Bucket Game like I am. Root Hard!!!!
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LUX ET VERITAS!!!