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By the numbers
4 Games this season with at least 20 turnovers for Indiana, which has three more games with 19 turnovers. IU had zero 20-turnover games last year and committed 19 turnovers just twice.
9.9 Points per game improvement from last season for Yogi Ferrell, one of the three most improved scorers in the nation at a major conference school.
22 Team-leading number of steals for Noah Vonleh and Evan Gordon this season. Three other Hoosiers have 20 steals. Six players had 22 or more steals a year ago.

Recruit watch
James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Playing with a faver, dropped in 48 points, including 9-of-15 from 3, in a 101-92 overtime win vs. Huntington North Thursday to move into 14th on the all-time Indiana high school scoring list with 2,211 points, passing former Hoosier Eric Gordon in the process.
Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Led his team to two wins at the Primetime Shootout in New Jersey last Saturday and Sunday, scoring 30 and 29 points, respectively with a combined 10-of-19 effort on 3-pointers.
Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Continued strong play with 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and three block in an 84-76 win over Worcester Academy Saturday, then had a team-high 24 points in a 76-70 win over Vermont Academy Tuesday.

Battle for the ‘bounds
The Indiana-Purdue matchup pits the top two rebounders in Big Ten games, as well as two of the league’s best rebounding teams. IU’s Noah Vonleh is averaging 9.7 boards per game in conference games only, while the Boilermakers’ A.J. Hammons is pulling down eight a contest. Vonleh is also the conference leader in all games at 9.6 rpg, while Hammons is third behind Vonleh and Minnesota’s Elliott Eliason (7.6) at 7.4 rpg. Hammons is tied for second in offensive rebounds (2.5) per game behind Vonleh (2.6). Vonleh’s rebounding this season accounts for 23.5 percent of the Hoosiers’ total rebounds compared to Hammons’ 17.8 percent total for Purdue.

Indiana leads the Big Ten in rebounding defense and rebounding margin, while the Boilers are fourth in rebounding margin despite being 11th in defensive rebounds. That’s because Purdue is first in offensive rebounding at 14.6 per game, an area where IU is third (13.2).

Cahill on a roll
Indiana women’s basketball signee Amanda Cahill of Clyde, Ohio, was named player of the year for the All-District 6 team named on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1 forward is averaging 19.5 points per game for the Fliers (21-1) heading into the postseason and passed the 2,000-point mark for her career last Saturday.

Clyde went 14-0 in the Sandusky Bay Conference, stretching its winning streak in league play to 58 games and going undefeated for the fourth straight year. Overall, the Fliers are 96-5 during Cahill’s four-year career.

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  1. This team is off the charts. Sheehey is not leader…Dan Dakich mention that when a player is out until 3 and drunk before a really big game something is wron with the program. There is no leadship on the floor or from the bench.. Crean seems to have no control at all..How many days until football starts.. This season is over…

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