How Hoosiers beat RedHawks in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS — Their Friday-Sunday about-face got Mike Woodson’s Hoosiers off to a slow start against Miami, Ohio, but Wasser eventually found his level with an 86-56 win.

Here are three reasons why:

Slow start

No. 13 Indiana’s early lethargy was understandable. The Hoosiers (4-0) didn’t even drive home after Friday’s demanding, emotional win at Xavier, opting instead to head straight to Indianapolis and spend the short lap there.

They played like a group that came out on top in Cincinnati, cutting shots, missing 50-50 rebounds and making fatigue errors. That kept Miami going for a while, even taking a brief one-point lead at one point.

Indiana Hoosiers forward Malik Reneau (5) celebrates with guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (1) against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks during the first half of the Hoosier Classic on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis .

Ultimately, quality would show, particularly in the post where Trayce Jackson-Davis (17 points, 16 rebounds) put on another vintage performance. But it took IU time to find his best Sunday after his Friday night exertions.

Trayce Jackson-Davis outstanding

It may not be tempting to call him Trayce Jackson-Davis Big Ten Player of the Week.

He was unplayable at Xavier, where his 30 points led to a winning streak in the Hoosiers’ biggest road win in years. It was hardly a surprise that the RedHawks didn’t have an answer for him.