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By the numbers
1: Home losses by Nebraska this season, a one-point defeat at the hands of Big Ten leader Michigan on Jan. 9.

12: Games this season in which Indiana has made more free throws than its opponent has attempted. The Hoosiers are 11-1 in such games.

46: Point allowed by Indiana against Illinois, the lowest total in a Big Ten game during Tom Crean’s tenure. Tonight’s opponent, Nebraska, is coming off an 82-point game against Minnesota, the most ever by the Cornhuskers in a Big Ten game.

Recruit watch
James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Dropped in 42 points, including 28 in the second half during a 93-74 win at Anderson last Friday. He was 12-of-21 from the field. including 4-of-7 on 3s, plus 14-of-15 at the free-throw line.

Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Had last week off before returning to tonight. Johnson and Benedictine visit former IU target and Florida signee Devin Robinson on Friday.

Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Had 21 points in Wednesday’s win over New Hampton.

Women’s recruit milestones
The IU women’s basketball team has seen the 2014 class reaching multiple milestones this season, with more on the horizon. Most recently, Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman became the all-time leader in assists in the state of Indiana with 704, surpassing the previous record of 703 held by Terre Haute South’s Cara Stuckey. Muensterman, a 6-foot guard, is already the all-time leading scorer in Southern Indiana Athletic Conference history with 2,109 points, and is just 31 points away from surpassing Richmond’s Lisa Shepherd for 16th on the Indiana all-time scoring list.

Amanda Cahill, a 6-2 forward from Clyde, Ohio, also recently drew attention for assists, becoming her school’s all-time leader with 366 in December. She was already the school’s all-time scoring leader.

Jessica Walter, a 5-11 guard, became the first girls’ player in Midland (Mich.) High School history to score 1,000 points when she surpassed that mark on Jan. 14.

And Mt. Carmel, Ill., product Tyra Buss became the nation’s second-leading scorer in girls’ high school history on Wednesday night. Buss was just five shy of surpassing Missy Thomas (Gibsland-Coleman, La.) entering play and scored 42 points to reach 4,543 for her career. The all-time record is 5,424, set by Adrian McGowen (Goodrich, Texas) from 2003-2006.

Vonleh one to watch
IU freshman Noah Vonleh was listed as one of nine players on the Wayman Tisdale Award mid-season watch list last week, an award honoring the nation’s top freshman. Vonleh is averaging 12.0 points per game and leads the Big Ten at 9.6 rebounds per game, with eight double-doubles. He is seventh in the league in shooting percentage (53.6) and his eight double-doubles are a league-best. In addition to points and rebounds, he also leads conference freshmen in blocked shots (24) and free throws made (80) and attempted (111). Vonleh also leads all freshmen nationally in rebounds per 40 minutes at 15.4 per game.

Freshmen redux
Indiana started three freshmen in both of last week’s games — Vonleh, Troy Williams and Stan Robinson. It is the first time Indiana has started three freshmen in consecutive games since the last five games of 2010, when Jordan Hulls, Derek Elston and Christian Watford comprised 60 percent of the starting lineup.