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By the numbers
7 Big Ten teams averaging at least 75 points per game, led by Indiana’s 87.5 ppg, fifth-best in the nation.
10 Games in double figures to start James Blackmon Jr.’s career, joining Calbert Cheaney as the only IU freshmen to do so.
21 Offensive rebounds by Indiana against Grand Canyon last Saturday, the most by an IU team since grabbing 24 vs. Michigan on March 10, 2013.

Less is more for Larryn
Larryn Brooks set Indiana women’s basketball freshman records last year for points scored, 3-pointers made, assists and free throws made.

But the Hoosiers’ reliance on Brooks came at a price as she averaged 3.5 turnovers per game while playing a team-leading 33.8 minutes per game.

As a sophomore, Brooks has found that less is more in almost every way.

She hasn’t had to shoulder as heavy a load thanks to freshmen Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill, as well as the emergence of sophomore Karlee McBride. Brooks’ scoring average is down from 16.3 ppg to 13.8, but so are her turnovers and minutes. She is averaging just 2.3 turnovers per game while still collecting 4.1 assists, just off last year’s 4.5 average, while playing just 29.4 minutes per game.

Even more impressive, Brooks’ has seen a major spike in her shooting percentages. She is up from 37.9 to 45.1 percent from 3 this year, and up from 37.9 to 51.5 percent overall. Even her free-throw percentage has gone up slightly, from 81.3 to 83.2 percent.

All of which means she is being more efficient, as are the Hoosiers as a whole, ranking 10th in the nation in field goal percentage (47.9) and 12th in scoring offense at 84.3 points per game.

Former Hoosiers doing fine
Indiana transfer Luke Fischer got off to a fast start at his new school, Marquette, with 19 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in a 78-71 win over Arizona State on Tuesday night. Fischer was playing his first game for the Golden Eagles and on the court for the first time since Dec. 22, 2013, against Kennesaw State at Assembly Hall. Fischer had a career-high 10 points and three blocks in his final game as a Hoosier.

Meanwhile, Remy Abell, who sat out all last season at Xavier, has started all 10 games for the Musketeers this season. He is averaging 9.0 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game to help Xavier get off to an 8-2 start, including recent wins over Alabama and Missouri.

Save the date
Tipoff time has been set for Indiana’s Jan. 10 game against Ohio State at Assembly Hall. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will start at noon in a game televised on ESPN. It will be IU’s Big Ten home opener.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015:
Finished with 13 points and six blocks in 57-29 win over Rogers Heritage in the Arvest Hoopfest semifinals last Friday, then anchored a 61-58 win over Mount Vernon in the finals and was named championship game MVP.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: Playing in the Ray-Peck Shootout last weekend in Peculiar, Mo., had 26 points in a 64-47 win over Ruskin, then 22 points in a 60-47 loss to Blue Springs. No stats available from 49-32 loss to Olathe South in third-place game.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015:
No update available.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Posted 20 points and nine rebounds in a 55-54 loss to Gahanna last Friday and had 22 points and eight rebounds in a 44-39 win over Bishop Hartley Monday.
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: Missed time recently with a concussion.
Bree Boles, 6-2, F, Lapel, 2018: Had 18 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 78-47 win vs. Clinton Central last Saturday, then accrued 17 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in a 63-47 win over Eastern Hancock Tuesday.

7 comments

  1. Jeremy, again, really appreciate updates concerning IU’s women’s recruits. As I have mentioned before, sometimes this information is hard to find. Hope Foresman comes out OK with the concussion. She is a very good 4 star player which I believe is the highest ranked player we have ever had verbally commit to IU? Hope she continues her commitment to our university, 2016 is a long way off.

  2. IU women’s hoops is on the rise. Hopefully this new coach is settling in to make IU her destination job. Hard to believe someone can’t get something going there. Good luck to all of them I’ll be watching some games on BTN.

  3. Interesting Matt Carlino and Luke Fischer ended up on the same team. I hope everything goes exactly the way they expect it to go.

  4. Overshadowed narrative is how fortunate we are the have Blackmon. Chad Forde’s early Big Board came out yesterday and he is a fringe second rounder.

    Hopefully we get him for at least two years.

    Thoughts?

    PB

  5. Everything I’ve read leans towards him staying 2 years, but the season is young and his potential is obvious. He’s made a statement he will be 1 and done if he can be….but to what pick is unknown. He needs polish on the defensive side of the ball. If him and yogi come back and Crean can land some instant impact big we are top ten and a contender. The 2 kids we have coming in are solid gets…but the instant impact big man is what we need.

  6. I don’t see Blackmon being a one-and-done unless he leads IU toward a much more successful season than most of us expect. If he were to light it up in the Big Ten and lead IU toward to Sweet 16, then he might decide to declare for the draft. Otherwise, I think he will learn that he’s better off staying at IU for as second year and increasing his value to the NBA.

  7. I do not see a one and done. But I did not think Vonley would have either. The kid is good but he needs work on his defense. Also so much talent will be leaving for NBA this year he might not get first round

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