After a season-low 10 points against Northwestern on Wednesday night, Trayce Jackson-Davis rebounded against Ohio State to post an efficient 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting.
While the Buckeyes tried a similar strategy against the Center Grove grad by sending double teams and extra attention, Jackson-Davis dealt with it better. Jackson-Davis did miss some shots early which has become a bit of a trend, but he also passed out of double teams to 3-point shooters instead of forcing the action. The sophomore also felt empowered to drive off the top of the key against Ohio State’s bigs to go one-on-one and score.
Additionally, the Hoosiers ran specific sets to make sure double teams and help defense was harder for the Buckeyes to employ. Twice Jackson-Davis scored after faking a screen in the paint and quickly turning around, sealing and getting the entry pass from the wing. Indiana also worked the baseline to get Jackson-Davis moving in space differently. He connected on a pick-and-roll with Khristian Lander off the side and Al Durham drawing attention on the baseline also set up Jackson-Davis for an easier look.
We’ll take a look at the Jackson-Davis offensive experience against Ohio State in the latest edition of Film Session:
Passing out of the double (and triple) team
On Indiana’s first score of the content, Jackson-Davis gets the ball in the post. Ohio State sends E.J. Liddel across the paint on a double team. With Duane Washington Jr. also moving off Armaan Franklin on the perimeter to bother Jackson-Davis, he has three defenders on him. But he simply finds Franklin open on the right-wing and Franklin bangs it home.
The second 3-pointer here later in the first half is similar. With Kyle Young dropping down off Jerome Hunter to double Jackson-Davis, he finds Hunter for the triple. Franklin (42.9 percent) and Hunter (38.8 percent) are Indiana’s best shooters from distance this season. They’re the best options to rise and fire off a Jackson-Davis double-team.