Indiana defeated Minnesota on Wednesday night by a final score of 68-56 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis.
The three keys to the game, highlights, and final game stats are below. The Hoosiers (17-9, 7-8) will host Penn State at noon on Sunday.
THREE KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Trayce and Race dominate. Freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis had one of his worst games on Sunday at Michigan. He responded on Wednesday night with career highs in both points and rebounds with 27 and 16, respectively. Jackson-Davis also did an admirable job defending Minnesota’s All-Big Ten caliber center Daniel Oturu. Race Thompson didn’t start the game, but he played 25 minutes in his hometown and nearly produced a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
2. The Hoosier defense locks down after a slow start. Minnesota started the game 9-of-11 from the field but made just 12-of-50 the rest of the way as Indiana was able to bother Oturu (5-of-15) and get out to the three-point line (4-of-25).
3. Low turnovers on the road. Indiana took care of the ball at Minnesota with just 10 turnovers. The Hoosiers had 15 assists, including six from Rob Phinisee and four from Al Durham. As a collective group Indiana’s guards had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio (12-to-6). It wasn’t a great shooting day (44.4 percent overall / 28.6 percent from three) for IU, but the low turnovers helped maximize possessions.
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