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By the numbers
Games this season in which Indiana has scored first. The Hoosiers are 8-4 in those games and 7-2 in the nine games where the opponent scored first.
14 Indiana’s Big Ten rank in both scoring defense and field goal percentage defense during conference play. Also the rank on offense for Rutgers, Saturday’s IU opponent at Assembly Hall.
67 3-point field goals made by Indiana during Big Ten play, an average of 8.4 per game, best in the conference ahead of Maryland’s 8.1 per game.

Inside the arc
Inside of the buzz surrounding the Indiana defense, or rather the lack thereof, is the fact that the Hoosiers’ 2-point defense is the problem.

Beyond the arc, Indiana ranks third in conference play in 3-point percentage defense at 32.5 percent. Even during the recent struggles, IU has allowed foes to shoot just 38.2 percent on 3s.

No, the problem is that the Hoosiers are getting torched inside the arc. Over the last four games, going back to Illinois, opponents are shooting 55 percent (72-of-131) on 2-point field goal attempts. A big part of the cure may just be having Hanner Mosquera-Perea back from injury.

“We need to get healthy. We’re not very big,” IU coach Tom Crean said Wednesday after the loss to Purdue. “Our 2-point defense is going to get better when we can play a little bit better at the rim, but that’s not coming anytime soon. I think right now, we’ve got to do a better job of just cutting off driving lanes.

“… Bottom line, the 2-point defense will also get better when our transition defense gets better. It’s been pretty good at times, but it just hasn’t been as good the last couple games.”

No burger boys
The 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game rosters were announced on Wednesday night, and future Hoosiers Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby failed to make the cut. The same was true of IU women’s recruit Kym Royster.

The game will feature nine players still undecided on their future college, including Indiana target Thomas Bryant, a 6-foot-10 center from Huntington Prep.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015:
Scored 15 points in a 48-43 win over Republic last Thursday, then had 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 57-49 loss to future teammate O.G. Anunoby and Jefferson City on Tuesday.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: Overcame foul trouble to record 11 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in a 57-49 win over Morgan and company on Tuesday.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015:
Notched 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in a 55-38 loss to Arlington Martin last Friday.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Chipped in 10 points during a 72-34 romp over Lancaster last Friday, then had 24 points and 14 rebounds in a 61-49 win over Pickerington North on Tuesday.
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: Had four points and eight rebounds in a 60-40 win at Terre Haute North last Friday.
Bree Boles, 6-2, F, Lapel, 2018: Posted seven points, four steals and three rebounds in a 68-44 loss to Covenant Christian last Saturday.


  1. Stats don’t lie boys. Why should anybody take a 3 against us when they can drive, dish and score or get fouled by lethargic help defense???

    Last I checked, 38% from 3 wasn’t all that bad…let’s call it 40% for math purposes. A team shoots 10 & hits 4 for 12 pts. Pretty good considering they’d have to hit 6 from inside the arc, by my math 60%, to equal 12 points with 10 shots.

    Shooting % is very highly correlated to shot quality, especially over the breath of a season. Our guards have been what has costed us the last two losses, vs. Lville, vs. G-town, etc…. Look at the stats from those games and all losses. That’s why we’re last in 2 pt. FG% defense. Opponents guards can take it to our interior players, no doubt. They are not undersized vs. our guys.

    Crean recruited this bunch, including 1 & done Vonleh, lost Fischer, etc… When has he ever done anything, please give me anything, with a big man? He even turned Zeller into a jackrabbit. Big guys don’t come to IU because Crean can’t develop them. So we end up with a lot of athletes that love to run and gun without the threat of discipline.

  2. Crean came into Indiana coaching a division 2 team basically. Once the guys he recruited became upperclassman we started winning. We had a bad year last year because we lost 4 starters. Even Kentucky has a bad year here and there due to the one and done era, it’s going to happen. This year he has us overachieving again. You can’t argue with the stat that since Zellers freshman year we are 2nd in top 25 wins. I’d say crean has a little do with that.

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