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By the numbers
2 Career highs set by Jeremy Hollowell in the last two games with 10 rebounds against Oakland and seven assists against Notre Dame.

3 Evan Gordon is the 3rd-leading active scorer in the Big Ten with 1,283 career points. He trails only Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble and Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, and is just ahead of Michigan State’s Keith Appling.

14 Number of undefeated women’s teams nationally, including the 11-0 Hoosiers of Curt Miller.

Recruit watch

James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Blackmon’s lone game last week against Columbia City was postponed by weather, and he doesn’t play again until Friday night.

Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Named MVP of the Bullis Holiday Classic after posting 24 points and seven rebounds Friday, followed by 20 points, five rebounds and three assists Saturday and 28 points on Sunday with IU coach Tom Crean and assistant Kenny Johnson looking on.

Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Scored seven points on two 3-pointers and a free throw in a 54-44 win last Friday, had 12 points in a 75-66 win Saturday and five points in a 61-59 loss on Sunday. Also, per Tom Crean’s tweet, Hoetzel hit nine 3s in a game on Wednesday.

Windex man
Indiana freshman Noah Vonleh leads the Big Ten in rebounding at 9.6 boards per game and has posted a conference-best seven game with 10 or more rebounds. If he maintains his pace, Vonleh would become the first freshman to lead the Big Ten in rebounding since Ohio State’s Greg Oden, who also averaged 9.6 rebounds during the 2006-07 season.

At the Summit
An Indiana signee will play in the Nike Hoop Summit for the second straight year. James Blackmon Jr. tweeted his selection to the 2014 USA Basketball Junior Select national team Tuesday night.

The team consists of the 11 of the top high school seniors in the country who will compete in the annual event in Portland, Ore., against a team of the best 19-and-under players from around the world. The game will be on April 12, 2014.

Current IU freshman Noah Vonleh was a member of the 2013 USA Basketball Junior Select national team. Prior to Vonleh, D.J. White was the last IU signee to play in the Hoop Summit back in 2004.

Girls having fun
Indiana’s four women’s basketball signees are all off to an impressive start in their senior year.

Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman is averaging a near triple-double with 23.5 points, 8.8 assists and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Mount Carmel (Ill.) guard Tyra Buss is among the nation’s leaders at 45.7 points per game, plus 6.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Amanda Cahill of Clyde, Ohio, is averaging 19.6 points per game, while Midland, Mich., wing Jessica Walter is posting 14.2 points and 4 assists per game.

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