Indiana basketball vs. Bethune-Cookman: Three Wildcats to keep in check

Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23). Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23). Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Hoosiers began the 2022-23 season 1-0 after beating Morehead State, 88-53, and now Indiana basketball focuses on Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night.

This will be the first-ever matchup between Indiana basketball and Bethune-Cookman.

Bethune-Cookman is a Division I basketball program that has been part of the MEAC and SWAC since 1980-81. In his first season acting as the Athletic Director and head coach for the men’s basketball program, Reggie Theus and the Wildcats were just 9-21 (.300). Theus, a former NBA All-Star that scored over 19,000 points for the Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, and other teams in 14 seasons.

Bethune-Cookman has not had a record better than 18-14 since 2011-12 and has not beaten a major conference opponent since 2005-06 — 75-68 overtime win against USF. The Wildcats are 0-26 in school history against ranked opponents.

Just a year ago, the Eagles had three players average above 13.0 points per game and are returning each of their top five scorers from 2021-22. Along with that, Bethune-Cookman also added a four-star freshman that transferred from Western Kentucky after one season.

It’s fair to say that this Bethune-Cookman roster has some talent and scoring ability:

Three Wildcats to focus on for Indiana basketball

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Bethune-Cookman guard Zion Harmon (1) /

3. Zion Harmon – Freshman Guard – #1

4-Star Point Guard | 63rd best player in 2021 recruiting class

In his first collegiate game against Iowa, Zion Harmon led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-18 (27.8 percent) shooting, seven assists, one steal, two blocks, and two made threes in 33 minutes off the bench.

Harmon was ruled out for the entire 2021-22 season after committing to Western Kentucky in 2021. As a top recruit from the 2021 recruiting class, Harmon received offers from Kansas, LSU, Seton Hall, Maryland, Murray State, and Louisville before committing but decided just a year later that it was time to transfer.

Harmon became the highest-ranked recruit to put on a Bethune-Cookman uniform this season and seems poised for a big season with many shot attempts and hopefully leading the Wildcats to a winning season in 2022-23.