Illinois struggles defensively against first high-profile big man in conference play

CHAMPAIGN — Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis walked off the court with a smile on his face.He'd struggled with Illinois for years, but in his first m...

January 21, 2023
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CHAMPAIGN — Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis walked off the court with a smile on his face.He'd struggled with Illinois for years, but in his first matchup against a Kofi-Cockburn-less opposing defense, he feasted.Illinois primarily played single coverage, and Jackson-Davis backed down his defender and put the ball into the basket time and time again. He had 35 points on 15-for-19 shooting, a season high, in Indiana's 80-65 win on Thursday. Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) passes as Illinois' Jayden Epps (3) and Coleman Hawkins (33) defend during the second half on Thursday.

Anderson Kimball