Hoosiers receive votes in polls; TJD is frosh of the week

Indiana men’s basketball’s 7-0 start is starting to garner attention from Associated Press voters.

The Hoosiers received 13 voting points in this week’s AP poll, which ranks 11th among teams outside the top 25. IU did not receive any votes to be ranked last week.

In the coaches poll, the Hoosiers received three voting points, 16th among teams outside the top 25.

This month will say a lot about whether the Hoosiers can make forward progress in the mind of voters. Tuesday, IU will face No. 17 Florida State (7-1) in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. That’s followed by a road trip to Wisconsin, a team that did not receive any votes this week after losing consecutive games to Richmond and New Mexico at the Legends Classic.

Next Tuesday, the Hoosiers will be in New York City for a Jimmy V Classic matchup with UConn (5-2), which isn’t getting votes but does have a win over Florida and a double-overtime loss to Xavier, the two top vote-getters among unranked squads.

One of the key contributors to the Hoosiers’ early success has been forward Trayce Jackson Davis, who brought home his second freshman of the week honor from the Big Ten.

Jackson-Davis, the 6-foot-9 native of Greenwood,  averaged 20 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots per game in wins over Louisiana Tech and South Dakota State. Those were his third and fourth double-double performances of the season.

For the year, Jackson-Davis leads IU in points (109), rebounds (67), blocked shots (16), and free throw attempts and makes (35-of-46). He’s hitting 66 percent of his shots from the field, also a team best.

12 comments

  1. We will see a ton of ‘Frosh of the Week’ honors for TJD. This young man impresses me a whole lot. His demeanor …His maturity…His game.

    It’s only going to get better(barring he stays healthy…fingers crossed) as the season moves forward.

    Love this team….though I still would have been even higher on our postseason prospects with a bit more ‘wow factor’ at point guard. Green looks better but his Jekyll and Hyde tendencies with decision making hopefully doesn’t haunt in big games.
    I do really like the freshman, Franklin, from Cathedral. Smooth..and also more mature than his freshman status.

    Love seeing more homegrown Hoosiers on the roster as well. I apologize for my prejudice and belief we have the cream of the crop in this state when considering talent, grit and IQ for the game.
    It feels like an Indiana team(complemented by the sorts of players worth going a distance for) for the first time in a very long time.

  2. It is frustrating when you see teams like Louisville, now #1, and Butler, now #25, improving at a much faster pace than IU at this moment. It seems that the program is spinning its wheels and making zero progress. I know they are 7-0, but against some really bad teams. I guess if they end up beating FSU, then maybe some recognition will come their way.

  3. Just go undefeated the rest of season and IU men’s basketball will be a number 1 seed in March Madness tournament and probably ranked number 1 in the country. Rather, simple.

  4. I have a good friend who is a Louisville alumni. I used to give him a constant barrage of grief about how dirty their former coach was, using hookers at recruiting functions, etc. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, he kept asking me “what’s wrong with Archie?” and “What’s wrong with IU BB?” Then he declared with a chuckle, “IU hired the wrong coach.” Payback is a bitch.

    I fear IU may in for a rude awakening come Tuesday night. Hope I’m wrong.

  5. I don’t know, Podunk. I watched the highlights of FSU vs Purdue and both teams looked pretty weak to me. I think we might surprise some people tomorrow at 9:00 P.M. Bloomington (remember, the game is at Assembly Hall) tomorrow!!!!

    It’s DECEMBER!!!

  6. Funny about those cupcakes, you never know what is in them. One turns out to be Duke kryptonite, and the other KY. Actually saw one take down the #1 team at the time, in the round of 64. Looks like some can’t hold their cupcakes even on their home court.

  7. We need Brunk to score more points in the paint. He’s been solid for the most part, and does a lot of the little things well, but tomorrow we need him to score more points.

  8. What we’ll need tonight is strong guard play with strong ball control. Much of FSU scoring is from their backcourt. Lots of it in transition. Slow up the guards, control the game.

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