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Indiana Basketball Returner Focus: Senior Guard Trey Galloway



Mar 19, 2023; Albany, NY, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Trey Galloway (32) dribbles the ball against the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes during the first half at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana basketball program is going to look a whole lot different with many new faces coming in this season plus the new versatile style of play that is expected to take place.

While there are many new faces to the program, the Hoosiers will return six players with the experience to help lead the new group.

Earlier this offseason, we took a look at all the new players in our Indiana basketball Newcomer Focus series. Now, we will focus on the guys that will return for Mike Woodson and Indiana this upcoming season.

For today, we take a look at senior guard Trey Galloway and look back at last year plus his role for the 2023-2024 Indiana basketball season.

Other Players in this series: Xavier Johnson

Last Season Reflection

Galloway came into last season having missed most of the summer recovering from groin surgery. The surgery would be successful and he would not miss any time when the 2022-23 season started.

At the start of last year, Galloway’s role was a familiar one as he was viewed as Indiana’s ‘sixth man’ and was usually the first player off the bench for Mike Woodson.

In his first few seasons with Indiana, Galloway was always viewed as a valuable bench piece that often provided a much needed spark of energy for the Hoosiers.

However, his role as a bench piece would quickly change due to injuries in the Indiana basketball backcourt.

As freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino would fight a nagging injury at the early part of the 2022-23 season, Galloway would be inserted in the starting lineup from time-to-time.

His starting spot would become a more permanent one when senior guard Xavier Johnson would go down with a broken foot in December at Kansas. From the December 17th to when Indiana’s season came to an end with a defeat by Miami (FL) in the Round of 32, Galloway was a part of the starting backcourt for Indiana alongside Hood-Schifino.

Being a starter for Indiana was a role that was not as natural for the Culver, Indiana native at the start but as the season went on, he did an overall solid job as Indiana’s secondary ballhandler.

In 32 total games played, which included 25 starts, Galloway averaged 6.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. From a statistical standpoint, this was his best season yet as a part of the IU basketball program.

The main improvement that most fans and media saw last season was his shot making, especially from beyond the arc.

In his freshman and sophomore season for the Hoosiers, Galloways scoring came mostly around the basket off strong drives but last year, he showed an ability to stretch his game out shooting 46.2% (30-of-65) from three.

Galloway went from shooting 18.2 percent from three as a freshman to 21.4 percent as a sophomore. Then, as a junior he shot 46.2 percent from three. Galloway ranked second in the entire Big Ten in three-point percentage.

During his offseason recovery last summer, Galloway worked especially hard on his shooting since he was not able to much activity.

“I spent a lot of time just working on my shot and really critiquing it,” Galloway said over Zoom on earlier this summer. “And it wasn’t like a big jump or change or anything. But I really just tried to focus on just going back to my mechanics and doing the little things that helped me be able to make shots in games, and that was game reps and doing everything 100 percent when I was shooting and working on it.

“So I just spent a lot of time just getting a lot of reps and obviously with the help of the coaches, some of those guys really helped me develop that and get back to where I used to be.

“… I think Coach (Brian) Walsh really took time to truly help me with that, as well as Jordy Hulls. Those were two of the main guys that worked with me a lot last summer when I was out with the injury. So that was really all I was doing was shooting. So it was good.”

More: Player Q&A – Indiana basketball guard Trey Galloway discusses offseason development

Role for 2023-24 Season

Galloway’s role for this season should be a continuation of what it was last season as Indiana’s secondary ballhandler, only this time it will be alongside a returning Xavier Johnson.

As his fourth season at Indiana, Galloway will also be viewed as one of the leaders for both the backcourt and the entire team.

Having played two seasons now under Mike Woodson, Galloway knows what to expect. He is also expected to have a more comfortable feel for the starting role than he may have had last season and the years prior.

Galloway will likely see a major jump in his scoring production as well. Each of his 3 years at Indiana, Galloway has seen his scoring numbers increase each season.

With Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jalen Hood-Schifino and other offensive pieces from last year’s IU basketball team no longer there, Galloway will have a chance to step up in that area.

“I don’t really expect much change. I mean, obviously we do lose a lot of scoring and we know that, so I definitely can step it up there. But I think just doing the same things, all the little things that I’ve been known for doing, I feel like I can keep doing those,” Galloway said. ” … just whatever they need me to do, I’m willing to do. I think just expanding my game more on the offensive end, it’s gonna be a big thing for me this year.”

Where Galloway could really benefit the Hoosiers is continuing to make shots from three. Indiana is still in search of a knockdown shooter from deep and if he can build off of his improvements from three-point shooting last season, Galloway has as good of chance as anyone to fill that role.

After all, he went from making 12 3s combined in his first two seasons to 30 made 3s last year. If his scoring numbers increase like projected, that will likely mean his three-point shot making will improve also.

On the defensive end, the backcourt combo of both Galloway and Johnson have all the potential to be the best duos in the Big Ten defensively. With Johnson out for the most of last season, Galloway was positioned as the leading on-ball defender and with both expected to play the whole season, Indiana has two really good options there.

It has been beat to death how young and inexperienced this Indiana team is going to rely on untapped potential, but with someone like Galloway returning as one of the veteran guys that has the experience, this Indiana team has a chance to be successful.

Notable Quotes

“I think just stepping up overall in every aspect because I am senior now and I have been here the longest with this coaching staff,” said Trey Galloway when asked what challenges the coaches gave him going into this offseason. “I know what it takes. So I think just my leadership, leading on the court, off the court.”

“We had a really good group of seniors last year and older guys that really stepped up,” Galloway said. “Miller (Kopp), just the way he led by example was special. He was a guy that never missed a practice and was always in the gym working on his game. He was a really good example that I want to follow just because of the way he worked on the court and the example he led off the court, as well. He was just a special, special guy. He wasn’t our captain, but he was for sure our leader and definitely showed ways to help win. He was a main guy that I looked up to, as well as Trayce (Jackson-Davis) and Race (Thompson). Both were special too because they wanted to win as much as anybody.

SEE ALSO: Improved jump shot part of ‘expanded offensive skillset’ for Indiana basketball guard Trey Galloway

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‘The word is out; they knocked you’: Mike Woodson, Kel’el Ware to use ‘lazy’ reputation as fuel



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Kel'el Ware came to Indiana with the reputation as being 'lazy'. Now, he and Mike Woodson are using that as fuel this season. (Bobby Goddin/Herald-Times-USA TODAY NETWORK)

One thing that has come out of the Mike Woodson era at Indiana basketball? He isn’t going to sugarcoat anything. Whether it’s his performance, from his players or any of the media, he’s going to make sure everyone knows what he’s thinking.

He made it clear after Indiana lost to Miami in the Round of 32 last season that the personnel needed to get better. Once the transfer portal opened up — officially — he hit a potential home run with former five-star center Kel’el Ware. Ware, a transfer from Oregon, came into his freshman season as a projected lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. That didn’t pan out for numerous reasons, but, one in particular.

His motor.

Whether it was from the Oregon staff or not, the reputation that Ware entered the portal with was one of ‘laziness’. By the time he committed to Indiana, everyone knew it. Including Mike Woodson.

“Well, when I recruited that young man I told him, you cannot go back and get what happened the year before. You can’t,” Woodson said at Indiana basketball media day on Wednesday. “The word is out; they knocked you and said, hey, you’re lazy, you don’t work hard, and if you make a commitment to me, that’s got to change.”

But, what Woodson has shown in his short time at Indiana, he’ll emphasize your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. That was exactly how he portrayed it to Ware.

“I’m not always the easiest coach to play for, but I’m in your corner and I’m fair and I want what’s best for you and my ballclub,” Woodson said. “He made the commitment to me, and I’m going to push him to play at a higher level to help us win basketball games.”

Kel’el Ware averaged just 6.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game a year ago. But, that’s not to say Ware didn’t have very good performances. In fact, he did. Ware had 18 points on 6-of-8 from the floor and nine rebounds against eventual National Champion UConn in November. He also had 17 points and nine rebounds against Michigan State the following game.

In a five-game stretch against UConn, Michigan State, Villanova, Washington State and UCLA, Ware averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 61.8 percent on 2s and 50 percent from the field overall.

“He’s a very versatile big,” Indiana basketball point guard Xavier Johnson said. “He can shoot threes and he can pick-and-pop, pick-and-roll, so that’s big time in the pick-and-roll game with me. Trayce couldn’t pop as much, but Trayce was leading throughout the rim. I don’t think nobody could stop him. But Coach Woodson is going to get him on the same track as far as pick-and-roll game.”

So, as Ware settles into his role throughout his first season with the Indiana basketball program, one thing is for certain. He’s out to not only prove the doubters wrong … he’s out to prove himself right.

“Just to prove everyone was wrong. Show everyone I have a motor and keep it going on the court,” Ware said on Wednesday. “People say I’m lazy, just wanna show them I’m not lazy.

“Their (Indiana basketball) win now mentality is coming on to me now. I’m getting used to everything and enjoying it … I can give more.”

SEE ALSO: While motor is in question, skill is not. How Mike Woodson can unlock potential of Kel’el Ware for Indiana basketball

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Big Ten announces Indiana women’s basketball 2023-24 schedule



Teri Moren, Indiana women's basketball

The Big Ten officially announced the 2023-24 schedule for the Indiana women’s basketball program on Thursday afternoon.

Below is the full release from the program and the official schedule for the upcoming season.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s basketball has announced the 2023-24 regular season schedule, including Big Ten matchups, on Thursday afternoon.

The season begins on Nov. 9 against Eastern Illinois at home inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU’s non-conference schedule features a pair of potential Top 25 matchups when it faces Stanford in Palo Alto (Nov. 12) and against Tennessee in the Fort Myers tipoff on Thanksgiving night in a nationally televised game on FOX at 6 p.m. ET.

Murray State (Nov. 17) and Lipscomb (Nov. 19) also visit the Hall in non-conference action as the Hoosiers will also travel to a neutral site game in Portland, Maine against Maine at Cross Insurance Arena.

IU will kick off Big Ten play on Dec. 9th when it travels to Rutgers. It will wrap up non-conference play against Evansville and Bowling Green State University before jumping back into league play on New Year’s Eve at home against Illinois. They wrap up a four-game homestand on January 4th by hosting Michigan.

The next six matchups alternate between home and away as it visits Nebraska (Jan. 7), returns home for Penn State (Jan. 10) and heads to Iowa (Jan. 13). Minnesota comes to Bloomington (Jan. 17) while the Barn Burner Trophy is up for grabs at Purdue (Jan. 21) in the first of two meetings between in-state rivals.

They then play their first of two meetings against Northwestern (Jan. 28) and at Maryland (Jan. 31). February begins at Ohio State (Feb. 4) before a two-game homestand against Michigan State (Feb. 8) and Purdue (Feb. 11) are on the slate. The Hoosiers are back on the road for Valentine’s Day at Wisconsin and at Illinois (Feb. 19).

Wrapping up the regular season, Iowa and Indiana meet for the second time on Feb. 22 in Bloomington before a final regular season road game at Northwestern (Feb. 27). The regular season finale will be at home for Senior Day when the program hosts Maryland (Mar. 3).

The Big Ten Tournament will be held March 6-10, 2024 at Target Center in Minneapolis. Game times and TV designations will be determined later.

2023-24 Indiana Women’s Basketball Schedule

Date Opponent Location
Nov. 1 Northwood (exh.) Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 9 EIU Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 12 at Stanford Palo Alto, Calif.
Nov. 17 Murray State Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 19 Lipscomb Bloomington, Ind.
Nov. 23 Tennessee^ Fort Myers, Fla.
Nov. 25 Princeton^ Fort Myers, Fla.
Nov. 30 Maine# Portland, Me.
Dec. 9 at Rutgers* Piscataway, N.J.
Dec. 18 Evansville Bloomington, Ind.
Dec. 22 BGSU Bloomington, Ind.
Dec. 31 Illinois* Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 4 Michigan* Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 7 at Nebraska* Lincoln, Neb.
Jan. 10 Penn State* Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 13 at Iowa* Iowa City, Iowa
Jan. 17 Minnesota* Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 21 at Purdue* West Lafayette, Ind.
Jan. 28 Northwestern* Bloomington, Ind.
Jan. 31 at Maryland* College Park, Md.
Feb. 4 at Ohio State* Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 8 Michigan State* Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 11 Purdue* Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 14 at Wisconsin* Madison, Wis.
Feb. 19 at Illinois* Champaign, Ill.
Feb. 22 Iowa* Bloomington, Ind.
Feb. 27 at Northwestern* Evanston, Ill.
Mar. 3 Maryland* Bloomington, Ind.

*^ – Fort Myers Tipoff
# – neutral site game at Cross Insurance Arena
* – Big Ten matchup

SEE ALSO: Indiana Basketball Notebook: Key quotes, notes and more from media day

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Indiana Basketball: Xavier Johnson named preseason All-Big Ten Second Team by The Almanac



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Indiana basketball point guard Xavier Johnson was named preseason All-Big Ten Second Team by The Almanac on Wednesday. (Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports)

One of the top college basketball publications have released its preseason awards and honors for the Big Ten and Indiana basketball point guard Xavier Johnson was one of the recipients.

Johnson, a sixth-year point guard, was named to The Almanac preseason All-Big Ten Second Team.  Johnson played and started 11 games for Indiana last season before suffering a broken foot on Dec. 17 that kept him out the remainder of the season. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.9 assists per game last season.

Xavier Johnson has played in 45 games (45 starts) for Indiana. He’s averaged 11.6 points per game and 5.0 assists across two seasons. He’s shot 38 percent from three in 2.7 attempts per game for his IU career.

In 2021-22, Johnson averaged 12.1 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Johnson returned to Indiana last season after a terrific end to his 2021-22 season. Following a four game losing streak and the end of February, Johnson hit his stride in the last month of the year. In the last nine games, he averaged 16.7 points per game and 6.9 assists to just 2.8 turnovers a game. That helped lift IU to a NCAA berth.

“Well, I thought two years ago, make no mistake about it, we got in the tournament because of Xavier Johnson and his play coming down the home stretch,” Mike Woodson said at Indiana basketball media day on Wednesday” Last year was a setback year for him. We didn’t come into last season thinking that we would lose our starting point guard, and that was a blow for us in the stretch where we struggled to win games.”

Heading into this season, Johnson was named captain of the Indiana basketball program — a high honor, but one that comes with his effort and leadership throughout his IU tenure.

“I think he’s hungry. I’m sure it was the first time he’s ever been hurt where he’s missed practically the whole season, so he’s got to be hungry,” Woodson said. “This is his last go-around. He can’t come — hell, how many years is this, six years for him? Hell, he’s an old man. Hell, he can’t come back for seven, so he’s got to give us all he can give us this year to make it right. But I do think he’s hungry, absolutely I do.”

In five seasons between Pitt and Indiana, Johnson has played in 129 games (126 starts).

“This year, X has played more basketball games in college than anybody on our ballclub, so I expect him to lead, be a point guard and be a leader on and off the floor and put us in position to win basketball games,” Woodson added. “That’s what it’s all about.”

The 2023-24 season for the Indiana basketball program gets underway on Nov. 7 against Florida Gulf Coast.

SEE ALSO: ‘I want to win now’: Mike Woodson is done accepting mediocracy. He’s ready to take Indiana basketball to new heights.

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