#27 Indiana Men's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Indiana Hoosiers
2020-2021 Overall Rank: #27
Conference Rank: #7 Big Ten
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Indiana would have likely made the NCAA Tournament last season and that was a big step forward after two relatively disappointing campaigns to start off the Archie Miller era. The Hoosiers finished the 20192-2020 season with a 20-12 record and a respectable 9-11 mark in Big Ten action. A couple double digit scorers are gone, but IU returns four starters and brings in a good recruiting class that should have this team safely in the NCAA Tournament.
2019-20 Record: 20-12, 9-11
Coach: Archie Miller
Coach Record: 55-43 at Indiana, 194-106 overall
Key Departed Players:
Devonte Green, Guard, 10.8 ppg
Justin Smith, Forward, 10.4 ppg
Damezi Anderson, Forward, 2.8 ppg
De’Ron Davis, Forward, 2.7 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Sophomore, Forward, 13.5 ppg
Aljami Durham, Senior, Guard, 9.8 ppg
Rob Phinisee, Junior, Guard, 7.3 ppg
Joey Brunk, Senior, Forward, 6.8 ppg
Armaan Franklin, Sophomore, Guard, 3.7 ppg
Jerome Hunter, Sophomore, Forward, 3.7 ppg
Race Thompson, Junior, Forward, 3.5 ppg
Key New Players:
Trey Galloway, Freshman, Guard
Jordan Geronimo, Freshman, Forward
Khristian Lander, Freshman, Guard
Anthony Leal, Freshman, Guard
Sebastien Scott, Freshman, Guard
Trayce Jackson-Davis had an amazing freshman campaign, leading the Hoosiers with 13.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. The 6-9 forward did not bite at the appeal of the NBA and is back to dominate the paint for at least one more year. Joey Brunk had a solid debut season too after transferring in from Butler. The 6-11 senior saw his playing time decrease late last season, but he is the larger presence in the paint. Like Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson is an athletic forward who can do a lot of work on the glass. On the perimeter, Aljami Durham and Rob Phinisee will step back into their starting roles. Durham will be one of the top three-point shooting threats on the team after connecting on 38.3 percent of his long range attempts last year. Phinisee added 7.3 points and dished out 3.4 assists per game. Those two are also solid perimeter defenders. Armaan Franklin and Jerome Hunter should both see larger roles as sophomores. Khristian Lander should see major minutes too. The five-star freshman is a smooth point guard who will get the rest of the team involved. If he is ready to go, Coach Miller will have a lot of quality depth and flexibility. Once he finds the right combinations, Indiana could be one of the more exciting and dangerous teams in the Big Ten.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 71.4 (164th in nation, 8th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 66.7 (102, 9)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.5 (134, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.7 (103, 10)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.5 (316, 14)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.6 (215, 8)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.9 (270, 12)
Rebound Margin: 5.7 (30, 4)
Assists Per Game: 12.9 (188, 12)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.6 (128, 13)
Madness 2021 NBA Draft Rankings:
#23 Trayce Jackson-Davis
#44 Khristian Lander
Madness 2020 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#26 Khristian Lander
#94 Jordan Geronimo