In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Juwan Morgan appears ready to go tonight.
• What’s up with Zach and Race?
• Iowa presents unique challenges on both ends of the court.
• Two keys Hawkeyes to watch out for tonight.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. Indiana plays Iowa tonight at 9 Eastern on ESPN.
In injury news …
Archie Miller addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon and said that Juwan Morgan hasn’t missed a practice this week and should be ready to play tonight.
Zach McRoberts will not be available at least through Sunday’s game against Ohio State. And it seems like only a matter of time before Race Thompson makes his return to the court.
Also, De’Ron Davis wasn’t mentioned, so it feels safe to assume the he didn’t suffer any injury setbacks during his extended minutes in East Lansing.
Now let’s talk about keys to victory for IU tonight …
Yesterday, Archie highlighted a few challenges that Iowa presents:
One, the Hawkeyes balance size and shooting on offense, with a penchant for pushing the pace. The Hawkeyes have the 10th-most efficient offense in the country thanks to having three players who are hitting 57% or more of their 2s and four players who are making at least 38% of their 3s.
So Indiana will have to be solid in transition and then ready to defend the post while also not leaving capable shooters open.
Two, the Hawkeyes like to change defenses. They mix man-to-man with some zone in the halfcourt, and they will also extend their pressure full court at times. They do this, in part, to keep opposing offenses off balance and out of rhythm — which, of course, has been an issue for Indiana all season long.
So while Iowa has the Big Ten’s worst defense in terms of points per possession given up, it’s worth remembering that they did hold Michigan to 0.81 points per possession their last time out.
And their style could present a challenge if Indiana’s guards are not prepared to recognize and deal with the ever-shifting looks.
Three, Hawkeye sophomore Luka Garza is a matchup nightmare, which is why he is Iowa’s most efficient offensive player.
Garza is 6’11, 245, and he combines excellent skill in the post with a capable outside shot. Because of his ability to play inside-out and draw fouls, he will present a major challenge to whoever is matched up on him.
Another Iowa player to watch is freshman Joe Wieskamp. In each of Iowa’s five losses this season, he has been held to single digits. When he scores in double digits, Iowa is 14-0. I expect he and Romeo to be matched up on each other, and whoever wins that battle will go a long way toward determining who wins the game.
And we have a birthday today …
Happy birthday to one of the most beloved Hoosiers of all-time: AJ Moye.
AJ was a key member of Indiana’s 2002 national runner up team, delivering several key plays in the second half of Indiana’s Sweet 16 comeback against Duke — including the play for which he’ll always be remembered: the block on Carlos Boozer.
Known for his heart, hustle, and on-court displays of emotion, Moye was a fan favorite who has one of the most chanted names in Assembly Hall history.
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We’ll be back on Monday with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.