2022-23 Season

Notebook: Michigan keys in on Jackson-Davis, embraces urgency

Hunter Dickinson isn’t one to shy away from competition. 

And ahead of Saturday’s tilt with No. 18 Indiana and star big man Trayce Jackson-Davis, Dickinson struck a familiar chord. 

“I enjoy playing great players because it usually brings out the best in me,” Dickinson said. “That’s why I decided to come to the Big Ten, because I know that’s where the best bigs play. I feel like I’m in that conversation, so I feel like it’ll be a good test for me.” 

The Hoosiers are playing their best basketball of the season, having won seven of their last eight games — including back-to-back victories over ranked opponents, highlighted by a win over No. 1 Purdue. Jackson-Davis, averaging 19.8 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, is the engine that makes them go. 

“He’s having a phenomenal year,” assistant coach Howard Eisley said. “Really improved his skillset. So he’s gonna be a force for us to reckon with — him scoring on the low post and his offensive rebounding and his presence on the defensive end, as well. We have to do a good job on him. It starts there.”

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