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Indiana vs. Arizona set for enormous school hoops showdown on FOX



By John Fanta
FOX Sports activities Faculty Basketball Author

A history-making sport is coming to FOX this winter.

The Las Vegas Conflict will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 10 at MGM Grand Sports activities Enviornment, it was introduced Tuesday, and shall be broadcast on FOX. This would be the first time {that a} regular-season school basketball sport shall be broadcast on FOX within the East Coast, prime-time window.

As well as, it will likely be a top-25 matchup of two of the very best groups within the Huge Ten and Pac-12, as Indiana will battle Arizona.

The opposite matchup of the occasion — Washington State vs. UNLV — will tip off at 4:30 p.m ET and air on FS1.

“Our program is thrilled to have the chance to play Arizona in Las Vegas,” mentioned Hoosiers head coach Mike Woodson, whose workforce could possibly be tabbed the preseason favourite within the Huge Ten. “We’ve got followers all through the nation who’re trying ahead to creating this journey between Thanksgiving and Christmas and I really like the truth that two packages which have received a nationwide championship will meet for the very first time. It needs to be one of many prime non-conference matchups previous to convention play beginning.”

“Taking part in a high-level opponent like Indiana in Las Vegas shall be a terrific alternative for us and our followers,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd mentioned. “It is going to be a powerful take a look at in opposition to one of many preseason favorites from the Huge Ten in an impressive ambiance. It is a kind of video games that may have a particular feeling round it and we’re trying ahead to it.”

About Indiana:

After averaging 18.3 factors and eight.1 rebounds per sport for the Hoosiers final season, Trayce Jackson-Davis returns to IU as this system’s all-time main offensive rebounder. He is trending towards changing into one of many program’s top-five scorers, rebounders and shot-blockers of all time, and has plans to win the Huge Ten and compete for a nationwide title, as he instructed FOX Sports activities earlier this summer season.

With Race Thompson (11.1 factors and seven.5 rebounds per sport) again for a sixth season to play alongside Jackson-Davis within the frontcourt, Indiana may have loads of expertise within the paint. That’s a development for the Hoosiers, who will return 4 starters from an NCAA Match workforce, together with senior guard Xavier Johnson (12.1 factors and 5.1 assists per sport). 

There’s a terrific mixture of expertise for Woodson, as he and his workers have assembled a top-10 recruiting class. The Hoosiers will welcome five-star guard Jalen Hood-Schifino, among the best backcourt gamers within the 2022 freshman class. He’s joined by a fellow five-star recruit in 6-foot-8 ahead Malik Reneau.

With the Huge Ten going by way of some roster overhaul and Indiana having stability — plus probably the most environment friendly protection within the convention final season — the Hoosiers have main March potential.

About Arizona: 

What a season it was for Arizona. In Tommy Lloyd’s first yr on the helm, the Wildcats went 33-4, received the Pac-12 regular-season and event titles and had been a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Match. Whereas a Candy 16 loss to Houston was a disappointing finish for a possible Remaining 4 workforce, the Cats might contend for one more convention championship this season.

With Bennedict Mathurin (sixth total), Dalen Terry (18th) and Christian Koloko (thirty third) all going within the NBA Draft, there isn’t any query the Wildcats have misplaced some main expertise. However Arizona nonetheless has two of its prime 4 scorers again in Azuolas Tubelis and Kerr Kriisa. It is going to be key for Kriisa, the rising junior level guard, to coexist with Texas grad switch Courtney Ramey.

Kriisa is an attention-grabbing expertise who will present a number of “wow” performs for his workforce all through the course of a sport, however he must work on staying below management. The 6-foot-3 guard from Estonia averaged 9.7 factors and 4.7 assists this previous season, however he additionally bumped into turnover points, with 72 giveaways in 33 video games.

It is going to be on Ramey to function a chilled presence within the backcourt. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 9.4 factors and 1.6 assists for Chris Beard at Texas in a season that he has mentioned he wish to neglect. Now, he has a recent begin and brings 128 video games of faculty expertise with him. Ramey didn’t even want to go to Arizona earlier than making his choice. He was satisfied by Terry over the spring that it will be the appropriate alternative, a testomony to what the Wildcats have happening in Tucson. 

A participant within the backcourt who might want to take one other leap is 6-foot-5 junior Pelle Larsson, who averaged 7.2 factors. He was a key reserve however ought to bounce into the beginning rotation within the upcoming marketing campaign. By way of the remainder of the roster, the 6-foot-11 Tubelis will anchor the Wildcats’ frontcourt after he averaged 13.9 factors and 6.2 boards final season. One of many massive keys shall be how redshirt junior Oumar Ballo replaces a fellow 7-footer in Koloko. Arizona ought to nonetheless have a reasonably regular frontcourt.

Depth goes to be a storyline to look at for the Wildcats. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how Lloyd manages a bench with some inquiries to reply. 

There are specific issues for Arizona to determine, and the lack of a number of NBA skills means there shall be roles opening up, however this workforce might nonetheless be a top-20 squad. 

John Fanta is a nationwide school basketball broadcaster and author for FOX Sports activities. He covers the game in a wide range of capacities, from calling video games on FS1 to serving as lead host on the BIG EAST Digital Community to offering commentary on The Discipline of 68 Media Community. Observe him on Twitter @John_Fanta.

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