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By the numbers
Players currently in the top 15 in 3-point field goal percentage during Big Ten play who finished in the top 15 last year. Of those four, two are Hoosiers — Collin Hartman (sixth) and Yogi Ferrell (12th). The other two are Michigan State’s Bryn Forbes and Michigan’s Aubrey Dawkins.
6 Times in the past 20 years that Indiana has won at least 11 conference games. The Hoosiers won No. 11 this year against Nebraska. The other occasions were 1995-96 (12), 2001-02 (11), 2007-08 (14), 2011-12 (11) and 2012-13 (14).
11 Points away from 1,000 in his career for Troy Williams, who would become the 49th player in IU history and eighth under coach Tom Crean to reach that milestone.

Pro Hoosier tracker
Last week we got caught up on how former Hoosiers were performing across the world of NCAA basketball, so this week we’ll take a look at how previous IU players are performing professionally.

In the NBA ranks, Eric Gordon was averaging 14.9 points per game for the New Orleans Pelicans before surgery on a fractured right ring finger sidelined him a month ago, but he is due to return later this month or in early March. Other players and averages are: Victor Oladipo 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Orlando Magic; Cody Zeller 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets; and Noah Vonleh 3.6 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Portland Trailblazers.

Verdell Jones III is trying to crack an NBA roster, averaging 13.8 points and 3.4 assists per game for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the D-League.

Former Hoosiers are also enjoying success overseas. Players and averages are: D.J. White 17.3 points and 8.4 rebounds for Auxilium Torino in Italy; Jordan Hulls 13.1 points and 4.1 assists for Limburg United in Belgium; Will Sheehey 10.6 points and 3.6 rebounds for Boulogne in France; Marco Killingsworth 16.9 points and 8.7 rebounds for Maccabi Kikryat Gat in Israel; Earl Calloway 15.7 points, 5.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds for Royal Hali Gaziantep in Turkey; Bracey Wright 11.5 points and 3.9 assists for Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkey; and Guy-Marc Michel 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds for Lille Metropole in France.

Recruit watch
De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo. (Overland), 2016:
Posted 16 points, eight rebounds, and four assists in a 60-47 win over cherry Creek last Friday, followed by 14 points, seven rebounds and four steals in a 59-55 win over Omaha South last Saturday and capped off the week with 16 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in 72-57 win over Cherokee Trail Wednesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Scored 11 points in a 66-53 loss at Valparaiso last Friday.
Devonte Green, 6-2, G, Long Island (Lutheran), N.Y., 2016: Helped lead his team to a 77-61 win over state No. 2 Wings Academy with 13 points and seven rebounds on Wednesday to end the regular season.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Chipped in 12 points in 73-69 loss to Roselle Catholic last Friday, then did not play due to back pain in an 85-53 win over Teays Valley Christian on Tuesday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga. (Berkmar), 2017: Led the way in a 68-51 win over Pope in the first round of the boys’ Class AAAAAA state tournament with 22 points, including four 3-pointers.

Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Had 14 points in a 60-42 win over Norwell in the 3A Columbia City Regional semifinal, then added 12 points in the Eagles’ 72-47 win over Tippecanoe Valley in the championship game.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio (Clark), Texas, 2016: Scored 19 points to pace a 73-51 win over Corpus Christi Ray in the 6A bi-district opener.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton (Guyer), Texas, 2016: Capped her season with five points and 12 rebounds in a 70-55 loss to Flower Mound and 6-4 Baylor signee Lauren Cox in Tuesday’s 6A playoff opener.
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 62-49 loss to Tulsa Holland Hall in the finals of the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer), 2017: Had five points and 10 rebounds in a 52-44 win over Grayson in the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament semifinals last Friday, followed by 13 points and 14 rebounds in a 46-43 overtime loss to Parkview in the championship Saturday. She then had 12 points and four rebounds in a 62-33 win over Etowah in the state tournament opener.

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  1. IU got a little more help by that Minnesota win over Maryland. All those that go into a high speed wobble everyone IU loses on the road a little secret for you, everyone loses on the road in the Big Ten. Always have, always will.

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