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By the numbers
0 Number of times Indiana has been outrebounded this season, a big reason why IU leads the nation in rebounding margin.

10 Evan Gordon’s rank among active Big Ten assist leaders with 224. Teammate Yogi Ferrell isn’t far behind with 205 assists.

30 Career-high points scored by Ferrell against Illinois, the most points scored in a game by a Hoosier since Christian Watford had 30 at Iowa on Jan. 23, 2011.

Recruit watch
James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Points kept coming last weekend at the Carroll Shootout, as he scored 30 in a 76-68 win over Homestead, 37 in an 83-81 win over Hamilton Southeastern, and 27 in a loss to Fort Wayne Carroll in the title game.

Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Won top honors at a tournament for the third straight week as he was named Most Outstanding Player of the Benedictine Capital City Classic despite his team finishing third, averaging 33.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Closed out play at the High School Stop OT tourney in Raleigh, N.C., last weekend with six points and five rebounds on Friday, followed by 20 points and five rebounds on Saturday, both losses. Does not play again until Jan. 11.

Buss the best
IU women’s recruit Tyra Buss fittingly broke the Illinois state scoring record for girls’ basketball in the state of Indiana last weekend. The 5-foot-7 future Hoosier and reigning Illinois Miss Basketball put on a show in the championship game of the Toyota Teamwork Classic at Gibson Southern Saturday night, as her Mt. Carmel Aces dueled with Princeton and IU recruiting target Jackie Young, a sophomore. Just two points shy of the record 4,031 points set by Olney’s Brittany Johnson, the 2007 Illinois Miss Basketball who went on to play at Ohio State, Buss tied the mark with two free throws and moments later drilled a baseline 3 to take over sole possession of first in the record books.

As it turned out, Buss was just getting started, going on to score a career-high 66 points, although Princeton ultimately pulled out the narrow 84-82 victory behind Young’s 39 points, which pushed her over 1,000 for her young career.

2 comments

  1. If you guys haven’t seen youtube videos of Tyra Buss, you are missing something special. I kid you not, she is the greatest outside shooter I’ve ever seen. She does step back three point shots that have to be around 30 feet on a regular basis. Matt Roth wishes he had her range. I don’t know what’s more amazing – her game or the fact that she’s going to IU.

  2. Aruss, I have been following Buss ever since she verbaled to IU. I have seen every u-tube of her that exists, you are correct, she is amazing! She is an amazing athlete and the schools potential valedictorian! She is the complete package! Even though she plays most of her games against smaller schools, you can see the talent she exudes. Adding her and the other 3 outstanding recruits that are coming next year will make IU a truly fun team to watch! I said, when Curt Miller was hired that the future of IU women’s basketball was in incredible hands and heading in the right direction! I have been a women’s season ticket holder for years and was attending womens games since Jim Izard was coach and believe me, the program is in the best hands it has ever been in with coach Miller and his very capable staff. If you haven’t seen this years team play, believe me, you are missing something special. They are currently 13-0 but, will undoubtedly struggle a bit in the very tough Big 10. IU fans need to come out and support this team, you will enjoy it! Go Hoosiers!

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