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NCAAB: Indiana aims to clean up loose ends vs. Jackson State

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Indiana’s goal will be to play more under control on offense when it hosts Jackson State on Tuesday night in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hoosiers (4-0) turned the ball over 27 times during their 76-44 win over Louisiana on Sunday night.

“At the end of the day, this is something we haven’t been accustomed to doing and I’m a little disappointed about that,” Indiana coach Mike Woodson said. “I think our point guards had eight between them.”

Indiana still won by 32 points over Louisiana because of a suffocating defensive effort, holding the Rajun Cajuns to just 14 points in the first half and 19.2 percent shooting for the game.

Through four games, Indiana is holding teams to 57.3 points per game and 30.3 percent shooting from the floor.

“I’ve got to give the players all the credit,” Woodson said. “They were paying attention to details, especially when we’re game-prepping for our opponents and they’re going out and executing, so it’s kind of nice to see from a coaching standpoint.”

Jackson State (0-4) is coming off an 80-66 loss at Marshall on Sunday.

“Our guys competed at a high level for 35 minutes,” Tigers head coach Wayne Brent said. “We were down 65-61 with about five or six minutes (remaining); we just didn’t finish the last five minutes of the game, but we were right there.”

Forward Jayveous McKinnis has led Jackson State early this season, averaging 12.8 points and 10.0 rebounds. McKinnis has posted double-doubles in three of Jackson State’s first four games.

Trayce Jackson-Davis has posted double-doubles in two of Indiana’s first four games. He is leading the Hoosiers in scoring (17.3 points per game) and rebounding (9.5).

Jackson-Davis and forward Race Thompson give Indiana two capable inside players who are athletic enough to switch on defense.

“Our pick-and-roll defense has been pretty good because our bigs are active and able to be up, and we are demanding our guards get into the ball and take onus on guarding the ball,” Woodson said. “It kind of goes hand in hand.”

–Field Level Media

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