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By the numbers
3 Number of freshmen to lead Indiana in scoring this season — Emmitt Holt, James Blackmon Jr and Robert Johnson.
11 Hoosiers’ rank nationally in 3-point percentage at 43.3 percent. IU is tied for 13th in 3-pointers made with 65.
156 IU’s spot in the NCAA RPI rankings as of Wednesday. Eastern Washington, which handed IU its lone loss, was No. 51.

Turning over a new leaf
Indiana committed just nine turnovers on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, the third time this season the Hoosiers have kept their miscues to single digits. That matches the season total for last year. Not only are turnovers down, but assists are up as IU is averaging over four more assists per game. That has resulted in the Hoosiers ranking No. 38 nationally in assist-to-turnover ration at 1.34 so far this season. By comparison, Indiana ranked No. 325 last year at 0.85.

Ferrell on the list
IU junior guard Yogi Ferrell was named to the Top 50 Watch List for the Naismith Trophy on Wednesday, the third watch list on which he’s appeared already this season. Ferrell is also a candidate for the Wooden Award and Cousy Trophy. He is averaging 17.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers through seven games.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015: Scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in less than three quarters during a season-opening 66-27 win on Tuesday.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: Opened his season Thursday night with 27 points in a 60-38 win over Sedalia Smith-Cotton.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015: Posted triple double of 14 points, 19 rebounds and 12 blocks in a 47-41 season-opening win over South Crowley on Nov. 19. Scored 10 points in the Grand Prairie Classic title game victory and also posted 13 blocks and 11 rebounds in another win. Most recently Williams had eight points and eight rebounds in a 54-47 loss to Denton Guyer.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 55-38 win over defending Division III state champion Africentric in the OHSAA’s Foundation Games before Thanksgiving, a game that doesn’t count toward regular-season records or statistics. Opened the real season Wednesday night with 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 65-51 win over Teays Valley.

3 comments

  1. Sounds like both of our women’s recruits are off to outstanding starts this year. This is good to hear. Thanks Jeremy, I hope you keep giving us women’s fans these types of updates on our incoming recruits? Go Hoosiers!

  2. I agree with “MikeC”. Love getting info on the Lady Hoosiers as well. They might make some noise this year. Would love to see them make the dance.

  3. Love that you are posting this stuff again. Appreciate the work because I don’t have the time to find this stuff myself anymore lol

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