BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Welcome to press row and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall was the 4-0 and 11th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers against Little Rock Wednesday night in game two of the Hoosier Classic.
Welcome to our live blog, where we will keep you updated on all the news and views in real time, live from center court. We will also add some highlights and opinions.
We’ve already covered some HUGE injury news. Indiana has three players out, including star Trayce Jackson-Davis. Here is the full story, CLICK HERE
Here’s how the blog works: We’ll be posting the latest articles at the top, so keep updating and enjoy the game!
FINAL: Indiana raises its record to 5-0 on the season with an 87-68 victory over Little Rock. It wasn’t always good, but there was some good racing in the second half. Lots of stories coming to HoosiersNow.com.
8:25 pm — Freshman Kaleb Banks hits a long three from the left corner, but the referee brushes it off because he’s off the field.
8:20 pm — We’ve reached the final media timeout and Indiana has its largest lead of nine at 84-61. 3:39 left. Race Thompson has 20 points on a near perfect night.
8:18 pm — Two big passes by Xavier Johnson to Race Thompson and the Hoosiers go up 21 for the first time to 80-59. Johnson has 10 assists now. CJ Gunn arrives for X, fans give him a huge ovation.
8:14 pm — Race Thompson knocks down two more free throws and Indiana leads 74-57. They are 10 out of 10 from the line in the second half.
8:10 pm — That 15-point lead fell to seven at 64-57, but Jordan Geronimo hits a long three. Xavier Johnson follows with a triple and is back within 15 points.
20:05 — Another great internal pass by Malik Reneau, which leads to the dunk by Jordan Geronimo. He’s picking up on this buddy ball stuff pretty fast.
8:03 p.m. – Indiana’s 15-point lead is back to 10. Little Rock isn’t leaving.
7:50 p.m. – Miller Kopp scores three consecutive points as Indiana’s lead extends to 58-45 with 12:49 to go. Indiana shot it much better in the second half. He made all eight free throws and they’re 3-of-5 from three.
19:45 — We are in the first media timeout and this match is too close. Indiana’s lead is just six, with 3:49 to go.
7:40 — Race Thompson is swinging a headband now after that headshot earlier.
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7:35 pm — Miller Kopp scores from three into the corner on a big post assist by Malik Reneau to push Indiana’s lead back to nine. Little Rock can’t get the ball upfield, so they call timeout. IU leads 42-33 with 18:29 left in the game.
19:15 – It’s halftime and Indiana leads 39-30. Malik Reneau leads the Hoosiers with 10 points. Jalen Hood-Schifino has seven. Hoosiers only 1 of 7 from three and 2 of 5 from the line. Both bad numbers.
19.10 — Another bad overtaking by Jalen Hood-Schifino on the counterattack. It’s two o’clock tonight at the feet of the boys filling the ward. Indiana leads 37-27 with 2:25 left.
7:05 pm — Excellent no-look pass from Jalen Hood-Schifino to CJ Gunn on the break, and Gunn ends with a great dunk. Indiana leads 37-22 with 5:07 left.
6:55 pm — The under-8s time out and Indiana leads 28-17. The Hoosiers are shooting 56.5% from the field (13-of-23), but are 0-of-3 from three so far.
6:50 pm — Indiana has been on a four-game winning streak, but hasn’t really shot out of the gate. It’s only 24-17 now, with 8:34 left. Race Thompson takes an elbow to the head which causes blood to bleed. He heads to the locker room for medical treatment. Flagrant 1 foul called.
6:45 pm — Tamar Bates and Jordan Geronimo are the top two off the bench for Indiana. Bates scores on his first pitch, as do Geronimo and the Hoosiers lead 18-9.
6:41 pm – The Indiana men’s soccer team was introduced to timeout. Their next NCAA Tournament game is Sunday in Bloomington. Looking for their NINTH national title.
18:38 — Malik Reneau looks fine. After two field goals, he hits a cut from Race Thompson who comes down the lane for a huge dunk, then goes wide for a dunk himself. He’s 10-4 Indiana with 15:47 left in the first half.
18:35 — Just 41 seconds into the game, freshman Malik Reneay lands heavily on his tailbone. He’s in some pain, but he shrugs it off and keeps playing. Race Thompson scores the first field goal, but Reneau gets the next two. IU up 6-0.
18:20 — The points spread on this match hasn’t moved much since the news of the injury. At the time of the tip, the line still favors Indiana by 28.5 points. That’s where it started, basically, dropping 29.5 points on the open line Wednesday morning on gambling website SI Sportsbook.
6:15 pm — Malik Reneau gets his first regular season start with Trayce Jackson-Davis out. He will join Race Thompson, Miller Kopp, Xavier Johnson and Jalen Hood-Schifino. Those four started all four games.
6:05pm — It was no surprise to see Anthony Leal in a boot as he looked sore Sunday night when he rolled his ankle on Sunday night. Trey Galloway (knee) remains precautionary, I’m told. Trayce Jackson-Davis is dealing with a backlog, but I’ve also been told it’s not serious.
5:55 pm ET — Here are the referees for tonight’s game: James Breeding, Lewis Garrison, Edwin Young.
5:50 pm — This is the second game of the Hoosier Classic for both teams. Little Rock beat Jackson State 94-91 Sunday night while Indiana beat Miami of Ohio 86-56 in Indianapolis.
- HOW TO WATCH: Indiana hosts Little Rock in the Hoosier Classic on Wednesday in Bloomington, Indiana. Here’s how to watch, with game time and TV info, three main storylines, the latest on the spread of points, the coaching match, series history and more. CLICK HERE
- OPENING LINE: The Hoosiers, who have won and covered all four games thus far, are the heavy favorites over Little Rock. CLICK HERE
- TOM BREW COLUMN: Little Rock coach Darrell Walker also has a connection to Indiana coach Mike Woodson. He was on Woodson’s staff when he was head coach of the NBA’s New York Knicks. They will be pitted against each other when the Hoosiers take on the Trojans Wednesday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. CLICK HERE
- INDIANA BEATS MIAMI: Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds and eight other Hoosiers had six or more points as the No. CLICK HERE
- PHOTO GALLERY: Relive the action and check out 25 photos from Indiana’s 86-56 basketball win over Miami of Ohio inside Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers improve to 4-0 in the young season. CLICK HERE
- CJ GUNN EXUDS CONFIDENCE CJ Gunn didn’t play at the Xavier on Friday, but he had a little bit of everything in 22 minutes against Miami of Ohio on Sunday. He was ready to play and exuded confidence not always common in freshmen, and that’s all head coach Mike Woodson is asking for. CLICK HERE
- TOM BREW COLUMN: Miller Kopp is shooting 53 percent from three-point range in four games, and playing well during Indiana’s 4-0 run. He may not be Indiana’s most important player, but he is when the ball is in his hands. He’s the best perimeter shooter in Indiana and they need him to play well to win titles this year. CLICK HERE