By the numbers
9 Times during the Tom Crean era that Indiana has made 15 or more 3-pointers in a game after matching a season-high with 15 vs. Austin Peay.
11 Assists for Josh Newkirk vs. Austin Peay, tied for 16th in IU history and the most by a Hoosier since Yogi Ferrell had 11 on Feb. 15, 2015, vs. Minnesota.
14.7 Indiana’s nation-leading rebound margin. The Hoosiers have not been outrebounded yet this season, tying only North Carolina.
Wait over for Blackmon
The last time James Blackmon Jr. played in a regular-season Big Ten game, it was March 7, 2015, and Indiana was absorbing a disappointing 74-72 loss to Michigan State despite Blackmon’s 17 points. If all goes well in the next five days, Blackmon will return to Big Ten play against Nebraska on Wednesday.
“I’m looking forward to it a lot really,” Blackmon said after Thursday’s win over Austin Peay. “It’s what I’ve been looking forward to since the beginning of this season. But it’s hard not to look forward to games and not look over one team, but now that it’s here, continue to work hard in practice and out of practice and just take care of business when it comes.”
It never came a year ago, as Blackmon suffered a season-ending knee injury in practice just two days before Indiana’s conference opener at Rutgers.
He’s returned with a vengeance for the 2016-17 season, averaging a career-best 18.5 points per game. Blackmon enjoyed the 18th 20-point game of his career against Peay with 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
The junior guard is also steadily climbing the all-time scoring list at Indiana, hurdling the likes of John Laskowski, Ken Johnson, Neil Reed, Wayne Radford and John Ritter on Thursday to move into 53rd all-time with 927 points, just 27 points behind Luke Recker for 52nd.
Crossroads moves the meter
The Big Ten Network announced this week that last Saturday’s Indiana-Butler game set a record for a non-conference men’s basketball game on the channel with a 0.59 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets.
This comes just a month after Purdue and Villanova set the previous mark with a 0.41 rating.
Four of the top five rated non-conference games have taken place in the past two months, including Indiana’s overtime loss at Fort Wayne on Nov. 22. Only the Ohio State-UConn game on Dec. 10 did not include either Purdue or Indiana.
The records continue to fall for the Indiana women’s basketball team, as Amanda Cahill joined classmates Tyra Buss and Alexis Gassion as a 1,000-point scorer at Indiana, the first time the Hoosiers have ever had such a trio. That doesn’t include senior grad transfer Amber Deane, who scored over 1,000 point at Dayton.
Buss, who also broke Karna Abram’s school record of 49 consecutive games in double figures this past week, has now scored 1,239 career points to move into 16th on the IU all-time list, just one point behind Whitney Thomas for 15th.
Gassion has 1,102 career points to move into 21st, while Cahill’s even 1,000 puts makes her the 26th player in school history to reach that milestone. Gassion also pulled down 20 rebounds last Saturday, just two off the school record shared by Denise Jackson and Shirley Bryant and the most since Jill Chapman grabbed 20 rebounds on Dec. 4, 1999.
The Hoosier trio were also all named to the Florida Sunshine Classic all-tournament team after sweeping Florida and Stony Brook this past week.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Standout performance at King of the Bluegrass event saw Berkmar standout post 24 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 56-48 win over Huntsville (Ala.) last Saturday, then had 25 points and five rebounds in an 83-66 over Bowling Green (Ky.) and finished with 30 points, five rebounds and two assists in a 73-69 loss to Louisville Trinity in the title game.
Clifton Moore, 6-10, F, Horsham, Pa., 2017: Double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-44 win over Upper Moreland last Friday, then had 23 points and nine rebounds in a 59-33 win over Quakertown on Tuesday.
Justin Smith, 6-7, F, Lincolnshire, Ill., 2017: Had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in a 47-46 loss to Prospect last Saturday. Does not play again until Jan. 6.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: No stats available.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Scored 15 points in Archer’s 53-42 win over Grayson last Friday.
Jaelynn Penn, 5-9, G, Louisville, Ky., 2017: Posted 18 points on Thursday as Butler beat Simon Kenton 66-62 in the quarterfinals of the Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic, then had 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 72-45 semifinal win Friday morning.
Keyanna Warthen, 5-10, G, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2017: Averaged 18.3 points in three games to lead the Flying L’s to the Kreul Classic title and earning tournament MVP honors.
Bendu Yeaney, 5-10, G, Portland, Ore., 2017: No stats available from 63-49 loss to West Linn last Friday.
Grace Berger, 5-10, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018: Delivered 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists in No. 4 Sacred Heart’s 51-47 win over No. 9 Elizabethtown in the Holiday Classic quarterfinals Thursday, then had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 67-53 semifinal loss to Manual Friday.