Trayce Jackson-Davis can dominate the Buckeyes in the paint for Indiana basketball

Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23). Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23). Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /

Trayce Jackson-Davis has an opportunity to continue to dominate opposing defenses against Ohio State on Saturday night for Indiana basketball.

The only Ohio State player that can match up with Trayce Jackson-Davis in the post will be 6-foot-11 freshman center, Felix Okpara. The freshman has played 15 minutes or less off the bench for the Buckeyes in 15 of his 20 games played this season and has hardly made an impact on the floor since the beginning of January.

The likely starting matchup for Jackson-Davis will be Zed Key, who hardly played a factor in the Hoosiers’ last game against Ohio State where the Buckeyes held TJD to just 13 points and nine rebounds on 3-for-9 shooting. It was mostly Kyle Young and E.J. Liddell checking Jackson-Davis in that overtime loss in Columbus.

In Trayce Jackson-Davis’ game against the Buckeyes in Assembly Hall last season, he posted 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting and added 12 rebounds and five blocks in 34 minutes of action against No. 13 Ohio State.

Recently, the senior forward has been on a complete tear and is averaging 27.3 points, 14.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 4.8 blocks during this four-game winning streak for the Hoosiers. In his last game against Minnesota, Trayce Jackson-Davis became the only power conference player to post 20+ points, 20+ rebounds, and 5+ blocks in a game over the last decade.

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Trayce Jackson-Davis Stat Line Prediction vs. Ohio State

38 MIN | 28 PTS | 16 REB | 4 AST | 11/17 FG | 6/9 FT | 2 TOV | 4 BLK

Will it be the Trayce Jackson-Davis show in Assembly Hall on Saturday night? Can Jackson-Davis follow up the powerful performance that Mackenzie Holmes and Indiana women’s basketball put on against No. 2 Ohio State?

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