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By the numbers
2 Number of wins away from 300 in Tom Crean’s coaching career. He would be the eighth Big Ten coach to reach the plateau.
5.7 Assists per game this season for Yogi Ferrell, which would be second only to Isiah Thomas’ 5.8 average in 1980-81.
25 Points away from 1,000 in his career for Ferrell, who would become the 48th 1,000-point scorer in IU history.

The Freshman 3
James Blackmon Jr. is not only lighting it up for Indiana, but the freshman from Marion is among the Big Ten and nation’s best in 3-point shooting through the first nine games of his career.

He’s shooting 3s at a 48.2 percent clip, which is fifth in the Big Ten and 21st nationally.

Blackmon is first in the Big Ten and tied for 16th nationally with 27 made 3s this season. His average of 3.0 3s made per game is 42nd nationally.

At his current pace, Blackmon would finish second with 96 behind Steve Alford’s 107 made 3s for most in single season, even if the Hoosiers failed to reach a postseason tournament. A deep run in the Big Ten Tournament and beyond would bring that mark into easy reach.

Schedule strength a weakness
The early season schedule hasn’t been a strong one for either the Indiana men’s or women’s basketball teams.

The men currently sit at No. 223 in strength of schedule with an RPI of No. 138.

The Hoosiers’ best win was against No. 56 SMU with losses to No. 12 Louisville and No. 59 Eastern Washington. Things aren’t going to look up much with upcoming games against No. 282 Grand Canyon and No. 206 New Orleans, except for No. 42 Butler sandwiched in between.

The IU women’s team has the No. 216 strength of schedule with an RPI of 91. Its best win was at No. 88 Boston College, while the lone loss came to No. 55 Indiana State. Still to come before the Big Ten season begins are No. 249 Milwaukee and No. 276 Oakland.

Overton overdoes it
Former Hoosier and current PGA Tour golfer Jeff Overton was among those in attendance for Tuesday’s Indiana-Louisville game at Madison Square Garden, but the former IU standout and outspoken fan didn’t get to stay for long as security escorted him out of the building during the first half for his apparent disdain for the officiating.

“If Louisville gonna hit someone every time down court like they did when the won championship. Why they gonna kick me out! ???????????” Overton tweeted minutes after leaving the arena, but later deleted the tweet.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015: Had 22 points (10-for-13 shooting), 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in a 61-39 win Thursday.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: Posted 35 points and 11 rebounds in a 66-43 win over Lee’s Summit North in the Norm Stewart Classic last Saturday.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015: No update available.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Had all 19 points and eight rebounds in the first half of a 58-39 win over Pickerington North on Tuesday.

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  1. As I have mentioned in a couple of my posts lately, I am very concerned about the very weak Womens schedule in the pre-season. I have stated on two separate occasions that this schedule does absolutely nothing in preparing us for the brutality of conference play! I only hope that our pre-conference schedule next year is much tougher than what we faced this year. Winning by large scores against the kind of competition we have played this year may give our girls a false sense of accomplishment. Last year we went through the same thing winning all 14 pre-conference games and then ran into a virtual buzz saw in the conference, the schedule last year was almost identical to this years. Although it is to late this year, next year every effort must be made to better prepare this talented team for conference play.

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