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By the numbers
Offensive rebounds per game this season for Indiana, the Hoosiers’ highest such total since averaging 12.7 in 2009-10.
9 Turnovers for IU against Michigan State, a season low and the fewest since the Hoosiers had just nine against Maryland on March 6, 2016.
17 Minutes played against Michigan State by Devonte Green, a career high. The freshman guard is averaging 14 minutes per game in the last five contests.

Blackmon tracker
Junior guard James Blackmon Jr. remains 47th on the IU all-time scoring list, but at 1,072 career points, is just one behind Rick Calloway for 46th, 23 behind Daryl Thomas for 45th and 26 behind Bob Leonard for 44th.

Blackmon’s 33 points against Michigan State not only tied is career high, but marked a career high in Big Ten play, bettering his previous mark of 25 points against Illinois on Jan. 7 and against Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12, 2015. He is now 11th among active players in the conference in scoring, just behind Illinois’ Tracy Abrams.

IU women worth watching
The Indiana University women’s basketball team is currently among 11 Big Ten schools ranking in the top 50 in the nation in average attendance.

The Hoosiers are No. 35, averaging 2,793 fans per game through their first 10 home contests of the year with four home games remaining to be played.

Since first cracking the top 50 in 2013-14 at No. 44 with 2,723 fans per game for a total attendance of 49,021 in 18 games, Indiana has remained there despite a dip during the transition season of 2014-15, in which the Hoosiers were No. 46 at 2,617 per game for a total of 44,481 in 17 games.

Last year, on the way to IU’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 14 years, the Hoosiers jumped to No. 38 at 2,894 per game for a total of 40,522 in 14 games.

Recruit watch
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017:
No stats available.
Clifton Moore, 6-10, F, Horsham, Pa., 2017: Scored 16 points on Tuesday in Hatboro-Horsham’s 46-40 win over Wissahickon, had double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 55-48 victory over Sanford last Saturday and scored 18 points in a 47-46 loss to Quakertown last Friday.
Justin Smith, 6-7, F, Lincolnshire, Ill., 2017: Finished with a game-high 17 points in Stevenson’s 59-37 win over Waukegan last Saturday.

Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017:
No stats available.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Team-high 17 points in Archer’s 59-42 win over Grayson last Friday, 20 points in 66-46 win over Shiloh on Tuesday.
Jaelynn Penn, 5-9, G, Louisville, Ky., 2017: 14 points, 10 rebounds and three steals in Butler’s 43-31 over nationally-ranked No. 10 Montini Catholic last Saturday after 23 points and 15 rebounds in a 72-71 triple overtime win over Manual.
Keyanna Warthen, 5-10, G, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2017: No stats available.
Bendu Yeaney, 5-10, G, Portland, Ore., 2017: Triple-double with 41 points, 11 rebounds, 12 steals, three assists and two blocks in a 63-62 win over Lake Oswego last Friday.
Grace Berger, 5-10, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018: 16 points and 10 rebounds in Sacred Heart’s 66-53 win over Huntington (W.Va.) St. Joseph Central Catholic last Saturday.

One comment

  1. Jeremy– Thanks for the update,, sounds like Bendu Yeany is a beast, glad she is coming to IU. Triple double in what sounded like a close hard fought game, a player who it appears will do what is needed for her team to win.

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