Game Day Essentials:
No. 12 Indiana (3-0) vs. Miami (Ohio) (1-3)
- Tip Time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern
- Location: Gainbridge Fieldhouse (20,000), Indianapolis, Indiana
- Television/Stream: BTN (Matt Schumacker, Stephen Bardo)
- IU Radio Network: IU Radio Network
- Point Spread: Indiana is a 25-point favorite
- KenPom Projected Score: No. 8 Indiana 88, No. 289 Miami (OH) 61
- Series: Indiana leads 21-3. IU won last meeting 92-77 on Dec. 10, 1994
IU back in Indianapolis
Although the Crossroads Classic has come to an end, IU’s Mike Woodson, a native of the city, said last year he wants to keep bringing the team back to his hometown.
“It’s very important. I mean, that’s home for me, man. That’s where I grew up,” said Woodson. “Give my family an opportunity, and friends, to come out and see us play.
“For me, it’s sentimental. I love Indianapolis and everything that it has to offer.”
Indiana won three games at Gainbridge Fieldhouse a season ago. They beat Notre Dame in their final appearance in the Crossroads Classic, and then took down Michigan and Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. The Hoosiers saw their 8-game winning streak in the building snapped in the Big Ten semifinals against Iowa.
Miami’s Travis Steele has IU ties:
A Danville, Ind. native, Travis Steele was named the 28th men’s basketball coach in program history on March 31, 2022.
The last four seasons, he served as the head coach at Xavier. Steele posted a 70-50 record and made the NIT twice, including winning it last year.
Prior to assuming the head coaching role, Steele was an assistant for the Musketeers from 2009-2015 and an associate head coach from 2015-2018.
Prior to Xavier, Steele worked on the staff at Indiana. He joined the Hoosiers in August of 2006, taking on the duties of video coordinator. He is a Butler graduate.
Miami’s results and roster
The RedHawks faced Marshall at home on Thursday, where they fell by a final score of 95-69. They also have lost to Evansville and Georgia to open the season. Their lone win came against non-Division One program Goshen.
Miami’s 2022-23 KenPom Highlights:
Tempo – No. 51
Offensive Efficiency – No. 236
- Miami’s effective FG percentage of 44.5 percent is No. 294 nationally, their percentage from three, 26.0, ranks No. 314 and they rank No. 192 from two at 48.6 percent.
- The RedHawks are No. 239 with a 25.9 percent offensive rebounding percentage.
- Miami is turning it over at a high rate — 20.6 percent (No. 242)
- When they get to the line they cash in, making 85.0 percent of their free-throw attempts (No. 6).
Defensive Efficiency – No. 322
- Teams are shooting a 55.2 percent effective field goal rate against Miami, with damage being done inside (No. 273) and outside (No. 272) the arc.
- Miami allows offensive rebounds on 36.2 percent of misses, No. 320. Contrast that to Indiana, who gets offensive rebounds at a 34.9 percent clip, No. 53, and it could be an opportunity for the Hoosiers to get second chance points.
- With just a 5.4 percent block rate, No. 307, look for IU to get the ball inside early and often.
- One of Miami’s strengths defensively is forcing turnovers, which they do on 21.5 percent of possessions (No. 87).
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