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3 Times since 2001-02 Indiana has started 4-0 in Big Ten play, including this year. The previous two occasions saw the Hoosiers tie for first in 2002 and finish third in 2008.
4 Wins in the last 17 games IU has played at Minnesota since 1994 heading into this Saturday’s game. The Hoosiers were 12-5 in the previous 17 meetings dating to 1977.
20 Years since Indiana last beat Ohio State by 20-plus points prior to last Sunday’s 85-60 victory. The previous time was an 89-67 win in Columbus on Jan. 6, 1996.

Yogi tracker
Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell held steady on the Indiana all-time scoring and assist list, but is closing in on the next milestone. He is now 34 points behind Brian Evans for 11th in scoring and just five behind Quinn Buckner for second in assists. Ferrell, with 537 career assists, needs just eight assists to tie Michael Lewis (545) for first.

Meanwhile, Ferrell moved into third all-time at IU in 3-pointers made in Big Ten games with 122.

With four three-point field goals against the Buckeyes, Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell moved into third all-time in IU history in threes made in Big Ten games with 122, passing Tom Coverdale (120). He is still 12 made 3s behind second-place Jordan Hulls (134). Ferrell is also third on the career 3-point list with 225, 29 behind Hulls for second. A.J. Guyton leads both the Big Ten (157) and career (283) list.

Rare blowout
Indiana’s 30-point halftime lead, 48-18, against Ohio State last Sunday was the Hoosiers’ largest such halftime advantage in at least 20 years. IU previously held 27-point halftime leads at Northwestern (48-21 on Feb. 5, 2000), vs. Michigan (45-18 on Jan. 25, 2000) and vs. Penn State (43-16 on Feb. 11, 1997).

The 25-point final margin of victory was Indiana’s largest against the Buckeyes since Jan. 24, 1993, when the Hoosiers earned a 27-point, 96-69 victory in Bloomington.

Spartan rerun
For the second straight year, the Indiana women’s basketball team has delivered a double-digit win over Michigan State at Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers’ 81-65 win over the Spartans Wednesday night bears a striking similarity to last year’s 70-51 victory in Bloomington. Michigan State’s struggles from beyond the arc were even worse in 2016 (4-of-22 for 18.5 percent) than in 2015 (4-of-17 for 23.5 percent). The Spartans did shoot slightly better this season at 36.5 percent from the field to last year’s 34.5 percent, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough to be competitive with the Hoosiers.

Those two results are in sharp contrast to recent history between Indiana and MSU, as the Hoosiers had lost eight straight in the series prior to last year’s victory and have just five wins in the last 24 meetings between the two schools dating to 2003.

Recruit watch

De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo. (Overland), 2016: Sat out loss to Eaglecrest last Friday due to picking up two technical fouls in a previous game, but had 10 points and eight rebounds in 63-44 win over Smoky Hill Wednesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Shot just 2-of-12 from 3 on the way to 11 points and 15 rebounds in a 58-55 loss at Michigan City last Friday.
Devonte Green, 6-2, G, Long Island (Lutheran), N.Y., 2016: Contributed 11 points and four assists in 70-55 win Sunday over Boys and Girls. No stats available from 92-56 win over Roosevelt on Wednesday.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Posted a triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds last Friday in a 117-93 win over Victory Prep, had 18 points in an 85-72 win over Athletes Institute last Saturday and added 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a 108-61 victory over Alice Loyd on Wednesday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga. (Berkmar), 2017: Scored game-high 19 points in 62-59 win over Archer last Friday, had 15 points in a 75-68 overtime win against Dacula Saturday and posted 11 points Tuesday in a 55-53 loss to Shiloh.

Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: Had six points in 53-47 semifinal win over Geneva (Ill.) at Chicagoland Showcase last Saturday. No stats available from 47-40 loss to Benet in final or 68-40 win over Chatard on Tuesday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio (Clark), Texas, 2016: Did not play in 65-35 win over San Antonio Jay last Friday.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton (Guyer), Texas, 2016: Scored 11 points in a 44-16 win over Trophy Club Nelson last Friday and followed up with 18 points in a 64-22 win over Keller Timber Creek 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 (Kinkaid), 2017: No stats available from trio of wins in the last week.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer), 2017: Delivered 13 points and five rebounds in 50-25 win over Dacula Tuesday on the heels of 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 41-25 victory over Berkmar last Friday.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Delivered 14 points, five rebounds and five assists in 49-26 win over Liberty Christian last Thursday and then had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in 73-25 win over Knightstown on Wednesday.