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By the numbers
Average years of experience on the Indiana roster, making the Hoosiers the youngest team in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
4 Teams in the Midwest Region that rank among the top 10 all-time winningest programs in college basketball — No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Kansas, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 10 Indiana.
38 NCAA Tournament appearances for Indiana, the seventh-most all-time.

Perfect 10?
For those expecting a Cinderella run by the Hoosiers in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the odds are stacked against them based on being a No. 10 seed.

Teams seeded 10th are just 73-47 47-73 all-time in the first round. A total of nine No. 10 seeds have reached the Elite Eight in tournament history, the most recent being Davidson and Stephen Curry in 2008.

A No. 10 seed has never reached the Final Four.

And Indiana doesn’t have much history that would suggest the ability to buck that trend. The No. 10 seed is the lowest the IU program has ever received and is only the second time the Hoosiers have been a first-round underdog. The other time was the previous worst seed of No. 9 in 1995. The Hoosiers lost their opening game to No. 8 Missouri, 65-60.

Shocker series
The history between Indiana and Wichita State is short and sweet, with the two teams having only met one time before. That meeting came on Dec. 27, 1989, when the Hoosiers won a matchup in Indianapolis during the Hoosier Classic, 75-54, to improve to 9-0 on the season.

Yogi tracker
With 35 points at the Big Ten Tournament last week, Yogi Ferrell moved past Ted Kitchel in 25th and Verdell Jones in 24th on the Indiana all-time scoring list with 1,355. The junior guard is now just two points behind Uwe Blab for 23rd.

The two games in Chicago also saw Ferrell score in double digits for the 29th time in 33 games this season.

Ferrell also had eight assists in Chicago, moving past Randy Wittman for sixth on the Hoosiers’ all-time list with 435. He now needs 39 assists to tie Jamal Meeks and Damon Bailey for fourth. Ferrell also now has 163 assists this season, tying Tom Coverdale for sixth on the single-season list at Indiana. Jamal Meeks is fifth with 168 assists.

Last week also saw Ferrell extend his streak of consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 64.

Reynolds going home
Former IU basketball player Chris Reynolds, a Peoria, Ill., native, is headed back home as the new athletic director at Bradley University.

Reynolds played for the Hoosiers under coach Bob Knight from 1989-93, including a Final Four appearance in 1992.

He also worked at Indiana for nine years, eight as a senior associate athletic director before being named the deputy AD at Northwestern in December of 2012.

Recruit watch
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015:
Concluded his high school career with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a 57-42 loss last Wednesday to No. 3 Blue Springs South in the sectional after the Jays had won their first district title since 2010.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015:
Notched 22 points and 14 rebounds in a 54-45 win over Olentangy Liberty last Tuesday, then followed up with 10 points and six rebounds in 53-49 win over Hilliard Bradley in last Friday’s regional final to help Wildcats reach the state finals for the first time. Will play a semifinal game at Ohio State’s Schottenstein Center Friday against Lakota West. Also named AP Division I Co-Player of the Year and first team all-state on Monday.


  1. wait, so 10 seeds have an almost 70% winning percentage against 7 seeds? That has to be backwards right?

    also surprised to see that ND is ahead of IU on list of winningest programs.

    So I actually think we have a decent shot at beating WSU. Clearly they know how to win, and will be fundamentally superior, but we match up well as far as size goes and clearly we have the talent to play with just about anybody.

    However, if we do get past them I give IU a 0% chance of beating Kansas… They might not be the best Kansas team of the past few years, but they are a terrible match-up for IU. They have size and elite athleticism. They aren’t a great shooting team, but IU is so undisciplined on defense that we won’t be able to exploit that weakness. I see it being similar to the UL game when we fine offensively, but clueless on how to defend them.

    1. Geoff,
      Yes, that was reversed. 10 seeds are 47-73 against 7 seeds.

      ND has 36 more total wins than IU now and up to the minute winning percentages are .647 for the Irish and .638 for the Hoosiers.

  2. Geoff, you have to remember that, back in the day, ND filled their schedule with the likes of Navy and Army and Catholic universities. They would play a couple good teams a year, frequently UCLA and Indiana.

    They have had some great upsets but that’s why they were upsets.

  3. “1.73 Average years of experience on the Indiana roster, making the Hoosiers the youngest team in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.”

    That’s the key stat explaining the ups and downs of this season, and it bodes well for next season’s IU team.

  4. Why is that average so low? Is it because of massive defections year after year?

    Apparently Crean can recruit them but Crean can’t keep them.

  5. “massive defections year after year?” LOL.

    I guess Kentucky has “massive defections year after year” too.

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