By the numbers
3 Double-doubles so far this season for Thomas Bryant, who had just two double-doubles all of last season.
5 Consecutive wins for Indiana, tied with Wisconsin for the longest current winning streak in the Big Ten entering play this week.
8 Big Ten teams that will play on a neutral court this week, including IU and Purdue at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.
Doing it on defense
The real meat of the season still lies ahead, but the early returns are rather positive for the Hoosiers on the defensive end of the floor. Opponents are shooting just 37.5 percent from the field for the year after Indiana held Houston Baptist to 37.9 percent (25-of-66) Saturday, the fifth consecutive game IU has held its opponent under 40 percent. That streak, which includes limiting North Carolina to 39.3 percent, is the longest such streak since the 2012-13 season.
It’s a similar story for the 3-point defense, which gave up just 2-of-17 shooting against HBU. That 11.8 percent effort was the lowest by an Indiana opponent since Minnesota was 2-of-18 from 3 on Jan. 30, 2016. For the year, opponents are shooting 25.1 percent (50-199) from 3 this season.
Even Indiana’s free-throw defense has been good this season, highlighted by Liberty going just 5-of-14 at the stripe, the worst mark by a Big Ten opponent this season. For the year, opponents are hitting at just a 64.3 percent clip on free throws against the Hoosiers.
The Indiana women’s basketball team is seeing a number of its players hit career milestones and climb both school and conference lists this season.
The Hoosiers already have three 1,000-point scorers in Tyra Buss (1,177), grad transfer Amber Deane (1,138) and Alexis Gassion (1,062) with Amanda Cahill (948) on the cusp of joining them. They rank 12th, 13th, 15th and 19th among active scorers in the Big Ten.
It’s more of the same in rebounding, where Cahill (600), Gassion (595) and Deane (465) rank sixth, seventh and 14th among active conference players.
The Hoosiers are also well represented in assists with Deane (293), Buss (284), Gassion (256) and Cahill (157) ranking fifth, seventh, ninth and 18th among active players in the Big Ten.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Posted 21 points in Berkmar’s 64-59 win over Birmingham Midfield last Saturday night in the Memphis vs. Atlanta Roundball Classic, then had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 70-50 win over Lakeside-Dekalb Tuesday night.
Clifton Moore, 6-10, F, Horsham, Pa., 2017: Scored 20 points in Hatboro-Horsham’s 60-20 win over Springfield Township on Tuesday. Had 12 points and eight rebounds in a 39-36 loss to Council Rock South in the title game of the Hatters Tip-Off Tournament Saturday.
Justin Smith, 6-7, F, Lincolnshire, Ill., 2017: Scored a game-high 24 points in Stevenson’s easy 73-31 win over Mundelein last Friday.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: No stats available as Kinkaid improved to 15-1 with a 60-20 win over Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart last Friday.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Produced 12 points in Archer’s 63-36 win over Shiloh on Tuesday night.
Jaelynn Penn, 5-9, G, Louisville, Ky., 2017: Led Butler with 19 points in a 92-23 win over Doss on Tuesday night. Also scored 15 points in a 73-37 win over Pleasant Ridge Park last Friday. No stats available from Saturday’s 68-50 win over Murray.
Keyanna Warthen, 5-10, G, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2017: Scored 16 points in a 53-40 win over Dillard on Tuesday night.
Bendu Yeaney, 5-10, G, Portland, Ore., 2017: Delivered 25 points in St. Mary’s 72-62 win over Canby on Tuesday night after 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks in a 52-34 win over Hillsboro last Tuesday.
Grace Berger, 5-10, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018: First double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds last Thursday in Sacred Heart’s 53-38 win over Jeffersonville, then followed up with another double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists in an 84-76 overtime win against Simon Kenton at the Titan Classic in Harrodsburg.