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By the numbers
Indiana freshman Thomas Bryant is first in the Big Ten in field-goal percentage since conference play began, shooting 14-of-18 from the field in three games.
31 Games in which Indiana has shot better than 40 percent from 3-point range in the past two seasons, tied with North Florida for the most such games nationally.
109 Minutes played by Yogi Ferrell in Big Ten games, an average of 36.3 that is second in the conference. On the season, Ferrell ranks ninth among all conference players in minutes played at 33.3 per game.

Yogi tracker
Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell continued his climb up the all-time scoring list at Indiana over the holidays, passing Greg Graham and Scott May with 20 points against Rutgers to move into 12th place. Ferrell now has 1,651 career points, putting him just 50 points behind Brian Evans for 11th.

The Indianapolis native is also closing in on the Hoosiers’ all-time assist leaders. Ferrell’s 531 career assists trail only Quinn Bucker (542) and Michael Lewis (545). He is averaging 5.8 assists per game this season.

Sophomore standouts
In a scroll through the Big Ten women’s basketball statistics, the same two names keep popping up for Indiana — sophomores Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill.

Buss, a 5-foot-8 guard, is second in the conference in minutes played per game with 36.6, sixth in the conference in scoring at 19.2 points per game, tied for 10th in steals at 1.9 per game, 12th in assists at 3.9 per game and 14th in free-throw percentage at .777.

Classmate Cahill, a 6-2 forward, is eighth in rebounding at 7.6 per game, eighth in defensive rebounds per game at 5.2, 11th in 3-point percentage at .400, 11th in offensive rebounds per game at 2.4, 15th in free-throw percentage at .766, tied for 15th in blocked shot at 1.0 per game and 25th in scoring at 13.6 per game.

McDonald’s nominees
A quartet of future Hoosiers — two on the men’s side and two on the women’s side — were nominated as participants for the McDonald’s All-American Game, organizers announced on Tuesday.

For the men, Indiana signees Curtis Jones and De’Ron Davis made the list, while IU signees Ria Gulley and Darby Foresman made the cut on the women’s side.

The final 24 players selected for the McDonald’s Game will be announced on Jan. 17 at 10:30 p.m. on ESPNU, while the game itself will take place March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Recruit watch
De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo., 2016:
Posted 17 points, seven rebounds and five blocks as the top-ranked Trailblazers were upset by Regis Jesuit, 66-60, on Tuesday. Followed up with 14 points in an easy 73-35 win over Mullen Wednesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Led the Bulldogs with 24 points and nine rebounds in a 68-60 win over South Bend Washington last Saturday.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Just missed a triple-double with 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in an 84-83 loss to Chaminade (Mo.) last Saturday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Berkmar finished fourth at the Lake City Classic with a 62-59 loss to McIntosh in the third-place game on Dec. 30 despite 25 points, five rebounds and three steals from Durham.

Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Scored 12 points in a 70-54 win over Indianapolis Pike last Saturday, then had four points in a 64-31 win over Lawrence Central on Tuesday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio, Texas, 2016: Contributed 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds in Clark’s 82-54 win over Warren on New Year’s Eve, then had just six points in a 56-47 loss to Taft on Tuesday.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton, Texas, 2016: Delivered 15 points in a 73-21 win over Keller Central Tuesday.
Bailey Broadnax, 6-0, F, Crowley, Texas (Hill Junior College), 2016: Has not played since Dec. 4. No further information available.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: No stats available.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Posted a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds in 43-37 win over Parkview Tuesday.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 49-48 overtime loss to Frankton on Monday, then had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-25 win over Elwood on Tuesday.

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  1. Jeremy, thank you again for the updates on the women. It is much appreciated! Keep up the good work.

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