Film Session: Illinois
Trayce Jackson-Davis scored nine of Indiana’s last eleven points this afternoon in its win against the Illini.
He shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the field over the final 4:41 of the contest. Jackson-Davis also hit 3-of-4 from the line, his missed free throw likely intentional to ward off a desperation 3-pointer to tie the game for the Illini.
So often this season, we’ve seen Jackson-Davis get the ball on the right low block late in games. But in the last couple of contests, that’s changed. Jackson-Davis has been more on the move, receiving passes as the roll man off ball screens for Xavier Johnson.
Yet, against Illinois this afternoon, Jackson-Davis wasn’t on the block or the roll man. Instead, the junior got the ball 15 feet or more from the basket and went to work, either using his quickness to get by Kofi Cockburn, hitting a jumper or getting fouled and hitting two crucial 1-and-1 free throws to put Indiana up for good.
It made Indiana’s offense less predictable down the stretch and put Jackson-Davis in a spot to succeed.
We’ll take a look at the four plays where TJD got the ball outside his normal spots in the latest edition of Film Session:
With Indiana down three with just under five minutes to play, we see Jackson-Davis trying to set a ball screen for Trey Galloway. When that doesn’t work, Jackson-Davis calls for Galloway to pass the ball to Johnson on the left wing. Jackson-Davis then moves that way to look to set the ball screen for Johnson.
But with Trent Frazier guarding Johnson tight, Galloway can’t make the pass. Instead he finds Rob Phinisee. Jackson-Davis moves to the left high block and Phinisee enters it in.
With all four Hoosiers, including Race Thompson, spaced on the perimeter, Jackson-Davis immediately turns left and beats Cockburn to the hole for the score with room to operate.
Nice quick decision here from Jackson-Davis for the bucket.