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By the numbers
1 Yogi Ferrell’s Big Ten rank in scoring at 17.9 points per game. He is also first in conference games only at 19.2 ppg. Ferrell would be the first Hoosiers to lead the Big Ten in scoring since Eric Gordon (20.9 ppg) in 2008.
9.5 Rebounds per game for Noah Vonleh, who leads the Big Ten. He would become the first Hoosiers to lead the Big Ten in rebounding since D.J. White (10.3 rpg), also in 2008.
16 Active Big Ten players who are members of the 1,000-point club. Will Sheehey is the latest to join the list and trails Michigan State’s Adreian Payne by just 24 points.

Recruit watch
James Blackmon Jr., 6-3, G, Marion, 2014: Game vs. Columbia City was canceled by weather Monday, plays at Muncie Central Friday night.
Robert Johnson, 6-3, G, Chesterfield, Va., Benedictine Prep, 2014: Rare cold-shooting night Tuesday, as he scored 16 points on 4-of-14 from floor, including 0-of-7 from 3, in a 61-55 win vs. Virginia Episcopal. Followed up with a game-high 26 points to go with 12 rebounds and five assists in an 81-64 Senior Night win over Pope John Paul the Great Wednesday, hitting 10-of-18 from the field and 4-of-7 from 3.
Max Hoetzel, 6-7, F, Calabasas, Calif., Wilbraham and Monson Academy, 2014: Team has gone 2-1 in games Friday, Monday and Tuesday, but stats were not available.

Big Ten throwback
The weekly Big Ten basketball release has spotlighted a player from each squad on the 100th anniversary of the Big Ten Medal of Honor. This week’s featured player is Indiana’s Uwe Blab, a Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient in 1985. Blab led the Hoosiers in blocked shots for four seasons and currently ranks fourth all-time at IU in career blocks (196). He scored 1,357 points while leading the Hoosiers in rebounding in 1984 and 1985. An Academic All-American, first team All-Big Ten selection in 1985 and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Blab was named the Indiana MVP in 1985 alongside teammate Steve Alford. A first-round draft pick, Blab went on to play five seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs.

Road warriors
Big Ten road teams have posted a 34-42 record during conference play, a winning percentage of .447. All 12 Big Ten teams have at least one road victory in the conference, and six teams have at least three wins away from home in league play. Indiana is the worst road team in the conference at 1-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference this season, the lone win coming at Penn State on Jan. 11. Purdue is the only other team with just one Big Ten road win.

Next wave of women
Future members of Curt Miller’s IU women’s basketball team are getting close to wrapping up their seasons. Amanda Cahill of Clyde, Ohio, was impressive with a triple double of 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 78-37 sectional semifinal victory Tuesday. Cahill will play for a sectional championship Saturday.

Jess Walter of Midland, Mich., scored 21 points Wednesday as her team concluded a perfect 14-0 campaign in the Saginaw Valley League. The Chemics are now 18-1 overall and ranked seventh in the state in Class A. The final regular season game is Friday.

Evansville Mater Dei’s Maura Muensterman piloted her Class 3A No. 2 squad to three victories and a sectional championship last week. The Wildcats next play Rushville in the Jasper Regional Saturay.

Mt. Carmel, Ill., star Tyra Buss led her team to the regional title last week and scored 50 points in Tuesday’s sectional semifinals. The Aces played Teutopolis for the fourth straight year tonight in the sectional championship game. Teutopolis has knocked out Buss and Mt. Carmel the previous three meetings.

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  1. Jeremy, thank you very much for the women’s recruits updates! I know I continually bug you about the girls but, I just want you to know that it is very much appreciated!

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