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What Trayce Jackson-Davis and Jalen Hood-Schifino said after Indiana’s win over UNC

Indiana celebrated its biggest win of the 2022-23 season at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Wednesday night, beating North Carolina 77-65.

Indiana’s preseason All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis finished the game with 21 points and freshman Jalen Hood-Schifino posted a career-high 14 points. Here’s what Jackson-Davis and Hood-Schifino said after the game, with video attached.

About Indiana’s dominance in color…

Jackson Davis: I think it’s really huge for us. This is Coach Woodson, ever since he got the job he’s always said play inside out. We knew North Carolina would be on iceball screens. Guys like X and Fino taking them downhill in situations where they can play was huge for us. They put on big plays all night.

Why Trayce Jackson-Davis dubbed Armando Bacot…

Hood Schifino: Because he’s a great player and that’s what great players do.

How big was the win…

Jackson Davis: It was really huge for us. You have to beat the best to be the best. That’s what Coach Woodson always says. He wasn’t afraid of competition. That’s why we put teams like North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona on our schedule because you have to go toe-to-toe with those teams. We will fight and fight. We will do that. We go at each other every day just to put on a show in front of these fans. I thought the crowd was electrified. So it was a great atmosphere to play.

In Indiana’s defense…

Jackson Davis: Yes, I found our defenses very limiting, like an anaconda. It was very, very limiting. We just sucked the life out of UNC early on and they honestly couldn’t get any big shots. Obviously they’re a really good team, so the shots started falling at some point. But at that point we had an 8-10 point lead and rode it out to the end of the game.

How Jackson-Davis feels physically after dealing with injuries…

Jackson Davis: First, physically I’m okay. I got a shot before the game so I’m not really feeling anything at the moment. It is what it is. You’ll probably feel it a bit tomorrow.

About the strong start of Jalen Hood-Schifino…

Jackson Davis: Second, Jalen came out and he really was our spark to start the game. He had like our first 10 to 12 points. It was ridiculous. He hit one big shot after another. I think our team has benefited from that. He’s a newcomer coming into this environment against this team, to do that, it’s really special.

Hood Schifino: Yes, it was a big game. North Carolina loses two games. I knew they would come in, bring energy and try to blow our minds. For me, I just came in confident, just fired my shot. I feel like a spark As I hit my shots, everyone else followed, bringing their energy, just building it from there.

What this team is capable of…

Jackson Davis: What we’re able to do is play our next game, which is at Rutgers. I haven’t beaten Rutgers since I’ve been here. The RAC has always been a very hostile environment. They have our number there. We really see that as the greatest test. That’s what I said to our boys this week, I said UNC is going to be a great team and a great game. Obviously, with that crowd, I liked our chances. But the real test is what we’re going to do with this game on Saturday because they’re a good team and they’re training very well.

On Trey Galloway…

Jackson Davis: Trey brings so much energy to our team, especially on defense. He just makes a living from it. He always guards their best guard. He’s always on her mind, trying to make her make mistakes. We call him Crazy Man because he’s at the defensive end of the floor. He really thrives on getting steals, transitioning, running. He’s a great playmaker.

How Coach Mike Woodson Gets Indiana To Defend So Well…

Jackson Davis: We only listen to what he has to say. He always speaks of “nail, slot, edge”. Those are really big keys for him. He says if we have people in these positions, everyone is on a dead body, we can stop anyone. This is what we were preached and taught.

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