Indiana should have all of its main rotation players ready to go when they face North Carolina on Wednesday evening, barring any setbacks.
The Hoosiers were down three scholarship players at one point last week, as Trayce Jackson-Davis (back), Trey Galloway (knee) and Anthony Leal (ankle) all missed at least one game.
Jackson-Davis came back after missing one contest and played against Jackson State on Friday. While he appeared to be still dealing with back soreness in that game, head coach Mike Woodson provided no indication the preseason All-American would miss any further time. On a Tuesday press conference Woodson said Jackson-Davis, who is also playing through an injured thumb, practiced on Monday.
Moreover, Woodson indicated his team should be back close to full strength for their 9:15 p.m. tip against the Tar Heels at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.
“Everybody is going to play,” Woodson told Don Fischer on his Monday evening radio show. “Galloway I think is going to back. He practiced today (Monday). So we’ll get a chance to evaluate him tomorrow (Tuesday, and if he can go tomorrow he’ll play.”
Galloway suffered a minor knee injury during the Xavier game and has missed the last three contests. He could be seen going through a workout prior to the Jackson State game.
In the first three games of the season Galloway was one of the first players off the IU bench. He’s averaged 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 19 minutes per game. He’s also made 2-of-4 shots from 3-point range.
Galloway played 23 minutes against Xavier, highlighting the extent of his role in marquee games like North Carolina. If healthy he would provide important depth as IU attempts to slow down UNC’s potent offensive weapons on the perimeter.
In the case of both Jackson-Davis and Galloway, Woodson indicated on Tuesday both should be good to go as long as they have no setbacks as a result of this week’s practices.
Woodson didn’t mention the status of reserve guard Anthony Leal, who has been in a walking boot during the last two games.
Also, reserve big man Logan Duncomb has been battling an illness this week.
“Logan was under the weather and didn’t practice today, so we’ll see where he is tomorrow,” Woodson said.
To this point in the season, Leal and Duncomb have not seen meaningful minutes when the rest of the team is healthy.
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