LIVE BLOG: Follow in real time as Indiana opens season against East Michigan

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Welcome to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, where the Mike Woodson era begins Tuesday night when his Indiana first basketball team faces East Michigan.

There are fans in the stands again, which is a wonderful change from a year ago.

If you’re not familiar with how our live blog works, we’ll be posting live, real-time news and opinions from here on the press line at Assembly Hall. We will launch the highlights as they become available.

Enjoy the game!

FINAL: Noah Farrakhan misses a last-second three and Trayce Jackson-Davis catches the rebound as the horn sounds. Jackson-Davis finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds. INDIANA 68, MICHIGAN EAST 62.

  • GAME STORY: Here it is, with quotes from Mike Woodson, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Xavier Johnson. CLICK HERE

8:08 p.m. – Noah Farrakhan misses a three pointers and Trayce Jackson-Davis gets the rebound. He immediately fell victim to a foul and made the two free throws. It was big. INDIANA 68, MICHIGAN EAST 62.

8:07 p.m. – After a timeout, Eastern Michigan presses, but point guard Xavier Johnson crosses it and goes to the rim for a lay-up. Surprisingly, the EMU was not at fault. INDIANA 66, MICHIGAN EAST 62.

8:06 PM – Noah Farrakhan hits another three-pointer with 23.6 seconds left, and suddenly the lead is reduced to two points. Haven’t been this close since Indiana’s first basket of the game. INDIANA 64, MICHIGAN EAST 62.

8:04 p.m. – Noah Farrakhan misses a well-contested jumper and Xavier Johnson quickly fell victim to a foul at the other end. He does the first, but misses the second, but Race Thompson gets the offensive rebound. Indiana is running the clock, and Thompson is missing a three point.

8:02 p.m. – Indiana goes back inside Trayce Jackson-Davis, and he’s fouled. Only made 1 in 2 and it’s now only 1 in 5 overnight. With 1:19 to go, that’s INDIANA 62, MICHIGAN EAST 58.

8:00 p.m. – Brutal call on that 3 point attempt by Noah Farrakhan, felt clean from here on out. He gets three free throws at 1:39, but only makes one.

7:56 – Excellent inside pass from Trayce Jackson-Davis to Race Thompson to reach 61-58, then the Hoosiers get a break at the other end with an illegal screen call. The Hoosiers then return inside Race Thompson and he is fouled with 1:52 to go. Missing the first, so does the second. INDIANA 62, MICHIGAN EAST 58.

7:55 p.m. – Xavier Johnson makes 1 of 2 free throws, but EMU’s Noah Farrakhan hits a three to make it a 59-56 game, then scores from a drive to make it 59-58. Damn it.

7:52 PM – Indiana has turned cold offensively, and now Eastern Michigan is within five points 58-53 with 3:57 to go. Far too close for a team that was up 20 at one point.

7:50 p.m. – Basketball’s best time-out !!

7:50 p.m. – Basketball’s best time-out !!

7:40 p.m. – And now there are only eight left, on a three-pointer in Eastern Michigan. But Jordan Geronimo dunks on the other side for Indiana, on a nice pass from Rob Phinisee. INDIANA 52, EAST OF MICHIGAN 42.

7:35 pm – Eastern Michigan makes it a game. Nate Scott leads the way and dunks and the lead is reduced to 48-37. Trayce Jackson-Davis responds on the other end, working around a triple shift for a basket on the glass.

7:30 p.m. – It’s the Under-12 time-out and Indiana’s lead has fallen to 15 points at 48-33. The Hoosiers are 0-for-4 of three this half. I really want to see this better. But one of the keys to the season was to better protect basketball, and the Hoosiers have so far made just six turnovers. INDIANA 48, EAST OF MICHIGAN 33.

7:25 p.m. – Indiana’s shooting numbers aren’t great, which isn’t entirely surprising on the first night. With 12:44 to go, they are shooting 44.4% from the field (20 for 45) and only 21.1% from three (4 for 19).

7:22 p.m. – A perfect example of why Trayce Jackson-Davis is going to be a beast this year, even compared to a year ago. He’s in much better shape. He blocked a shot at one end, then sprinted across the floor and got a Xavier Johnson alley-oop at the end for a huge dunk. This sprint on the court was impressive. I passed a few defenders. Indiana until 48-30.

7:20 p.m. – Indiana made 4 of 5 free throws in the first half, but Trayce Jackson-Davis misses her first two of the game.

7:15 p.m. – We’re at the first media timeout in the second half, and Indiana’s lead has increased to 20 points. It’s 46-26. Trayce Jackson-Davis was very active, scoring eight quick points in the half, including two resounding dunks that knocked fans out of their seats. He now has 14 points, the first double-digit Hoosier.

HALF TIME: The first half is on the books, and Mike Woodson must be mostly happy. Indiana’s defense was formidable, allowing just 19 points. The Hoosiers go to halftime with a 36-19 lead. INDIANA 36, EAST OF MICHIGAN 19.

6:43 p.m. – Another basket for Rob Phinisee on a mid-range jumper, and Indiana comes back 17 points (32-15), their biggest lead of the game. Phinisee is currently Indiana’s leading scorer with seven points, and he’s playing really well.

6:38 p.m. – We’re at the Under-4s time-out and Indiana is still leading, 30-15. Eastern Michigan has just 5 for 26 shots, for 19.2%. Give the Hoosiers defense a lot of credit for this. There was a lot of ball pressure up front, they are getting close to the shooters and the inside guys Trayce Jackson-Davis and Race Thompson are blocking the shots.

MY TWO HUNDRED: A little ‘get out of my lawn’ moment from an old man. All the Indiana players are wearing white Adidas shoes tonight, and I think that’s wonderful. I hate this recent trend of guys all wearing different shoes. It’s a nice clean look for the Hoosiers, all in white tonight.

6:32 p.m. – Xavier Johnson returns, but Rob Phinisee remains on the ground. Phinisee attacks the left wing basket, then hits Johnson with a perfect pass and he knocks down a three, his first basket from Indiana. INDIANA 28, EAST OF MICHIGAN 13.

6:30 p.m. – And you asked Trayce Jackson-Davis to score with her right hand, and you get that too. A glass bucket on the glass and Indiana goes up 23-13.

6:20 p.m. – Mike Woodson said on Monday that the defense has been ahead of the offense so far, and it has turned out to be true. Indiana’s aggressive man-to-man defense has been very good. Eastern Michigan has just 10 points with 7:21 left in the first half.

6:13 p.m. – Mike Woodson makes his way to his bench for the first time in the 14th minute, replacing Rob Phinisee with Xavier Johnson as point guard. Johnson looks a bit over the top in his debut match at Assembly Hall. He has three first turnovers. A minute later, first year Tamar Bates and second year Jordan Geronimo also enter.

6:12 PM – You wanted some perimeter shots from Trayce Jackson-Davis this year, and you get the first around 18 feet to give the Hoosiers a 10-0 lead. It looked good and comfortable too.

6:05 p.m. – The first basket of the year comes from goaltender Parker Stewart, who reverses a three-point shot. And then he hits another one, and the Hoosiers are gone and roll.

5:45 p.m. – Indiana’s starting lineup is on schedule with Trayce Jackson-Davis, Race Thompson and transferring Miller Kopp, Xavier Johnson and Parker Stewart to the perimeter.

  • SEASON OVERVIEW: A nice mix of old and new got the Hoosier Nation excited for the first season of the Mike Woodson era in Indiana. CLICK HERE
  • HOW TO WATCH: Here’s everything you need to know to watch Indiana’s game with Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night. CLICK HERE
  • RELIVE 1980, THE LAST SEASON OF MIKE WOODSON: Mike Woodson’s successful Indiana basketball career ended without a national championship, and it’s sure to be a Missing Banners season. Here are the three chapters of the book on this interesting season. CLICK HERE
  • FIRST “POINT GUARD PODCAST”: INdiana point guard Xavier Johnson and Rob Phinisee were guests on Monday night’s first Point Guard Podcast with editor Tom Brew. Here’s the full 30-minute podcast. CLICK HERE
  • TRAYCE JACKSON DAVIS ALL-BIG TEN SELECTION: Big Ten returning top scorer Jackson-Davis was unanimously selected for the preseason All-Big Ten squad. CLICK HERE
  • INDIANA HOOSIERS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE: Indiana’s 2021-22 men’s basketball schedule is out. The first game is just around the corner on November 9 against Eastern Michigan. CLICK HERE

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