In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Indiana set to face a ranked Florida State team
• Trayce Jackson-Davis honored by the Big Ten again
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Cameron Drummond and Indiana’s first big test of the season is tonight.
The 7-0 Indiana Hoosiers welcome the 7-1 Florida State Seminoles inside Assembly Hall tonight as part of the annual Big Ten / ACC Challenge.
Florida State, ranked 17th in Monday’s AP poll, marks the first major conference opponent for Archie Miller’s team this season, and the first true test of just how good this Indiana team is.
Tipoff for the game is at 9 p.m. on ESPN 2, with Dave Flemming and Jordan Cornette broadcasting the game.
Leonard Hamilton’s Florida State squad presents a lengthy challenge for the Hoosiers, as Florida State has 15 players that are 6-5 or taller and six players that are 6-8 or taller.
On his weekly radio show Monday night, Miller isolated specific Florida State players like senior guard Trent Forrest and wing options like freshman Patrick Williams, sophomore Devin Vassell and junior M.J. Walker as examples of how Florida State isn’t reliant on just one guy offensively.
Much like the Hoosiers themselves, the Seminoles are “not a one-trick pony” in the words of Miller himself.
Given Indiana’s lack of depth at guard, something highlighted by Rob Phinisee’s recent absences due to injury, this places an expectation on IU’s frontcourt players to perform tonight.
While Joey Brunk will likely start again, as he has every game this season, and De’Ron Davis may play some off the bench, freshman forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has quickly emerged as the leader of this group this season.
Jackson-Davis has already recorded four double-doubles over his first seven college games and his ability to crash the glass on both ends of the court was also noted by Miller on Monday night.
Through seven games Jackson-Davis is averaging more than 26 minutes and 15 points per game, and he has nearly 10 rebounds per contest as well.
He posted double-doubles in both of Indiana’s victories last week against Louisiana Tech and South Dakota State, two performances which earned him Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second time in his young career.
Another big showing will be required from Jackson-Davis as he faces a ranked opponent for the first time.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.