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IU basketball’s Trayce Jackson-Davis and Tamar Bates questionable for first exhibition

Indiana has a few bumps and bruises as they get set to face their first exhibition opponent on Saturday.

In a media availability on Friday, head coach Mike Woodson named two players specifically who are dealing with what appear to be relatively minor issues.  And the short list includes preseason All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis.

“Right now we’re a little banged up,” Woodson said on Friday.  “Trayce is a little banged up.  Tamar Bates has been sidelined for the last couple practices.  “We’ve kind of been going at each other, and it’s been a long run from this summer in terms of competing against one another.”

Woodson did not discuss the nature of either injury.  Jackson-Davis has been seen wearing a medical brace on his right hand in several social media posts over the last couple weeks.

Neither injury sounds serious, and Woodson left open the possibility that both players could see the floor in the Saturday exhibition against Marian (3 p.m., BTN Plus).

“Don’t know yet,” Woodson said when asked if Jackson-Davis and Bates will play tomorrow.  “I’ll know that today once I get to practice and get the injury update and see how guys are doing.  I’ll have to face that as a game decision, because I just don’t know at this point.”

Woodson said he doesn’t have a set rotation in mind for Saturday, and he’ll instead use the two exhibition games to further evaluate combinations.

Indiana has a second exhibition next Thursday, and they open the regular season on Nov. 7 at home against Morehead State.

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