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By the numbers
3 Freshmen among the top 10 in the Big Ten in points per game, led by Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., who is third at 17.6 points per game.
9 Active players in the Big Ten with 1,000 career points, the latest being Yogi Ferrell, who reached the milestone last Saturday and passed Jared Jeffries for 47th on the IU all-time scoring list Monday.
13.3 Percent 3-point shooting by Indiana opponents over the past three games (6-of-45).

Perea’s progress
It’s been clear over recent weeks that 6-foot-9 junior Hanner Mosquera-Perea is getting better, but a look at some tangible statistics help bring that into sharper focus.

Perea tied his career high with 12 points against New Orleans on Monday, bringing his season total to 100 points scored. Prior to this year, Perea had scored just 97 career points.

It’s the same story with blocked shots, where Perea now has 20 in 12 games this season compared to 18 career blocks in 49 games entering 2014-15.

He’s also upped his field goal percentage, which sat at 52.8 percent on 28-of-53 attempts during his first two years. Perea is 38-of-56 from the field this season for 67.9 percent, which ranks second in the Big Ten only to the 70.2 percent of Michigan State’s Gavin Schilling.

First time for everything
Indiana’s Teri Moren will be one of two coaches to participate in their first Big Ten game this weekend. Minnesota’s Marlene Stollings will be the other. The conference’s new teams, Maryland and Rutgers, are led by former Iowa coach Vivian C. Stringer and former Minnesota coach Brenda Frese. Moren, however, is no stranger to the conference having played at Purdue and started every game of her senior season.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015: Led the way with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a 57-50 win over Lafayette last Friday, then had 25 points and nine rebounds in a 60-52 loss to Hazelwood Central last Saturday.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: After missing a game with an ankle injury, returned to score 22 points in a 51-49 loss to Hickman last Thursday.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015: Scored six points in a 50-47 win over Arlington Martin last Friday.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Had 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in an 86-31 rout of Groveport Madison last Friday, then put up 27 points in a 74-57 win over previously unbeaten Olentangy last Saturday.
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: N/A.
Bree Boles, 6-2, F, Lapel, 2018: Posted 15 points and four rebounds in a 69-34 romp over Speedway last Saturday, then had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 59-56 loss to Sheridan.

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  1. Jeremy, again thanks for including the women’s recruits in your recruit update. One thing I read on the ESPN Women’s basketball website yesterday was the top 10 rankings of the mid majors which is posted usually every week on that site. Indiana St. is ranked # 10 this week with a 10-1 record. As you will recall, Indiana St. is IU’s only loss this year. That was a 65-61 overtime loss on our court in a game that we lead all the way until the very end.

    Sunday’s game against Rutgers will be huge in order to see how we will compete in this highly competitive conference this year. Rutgers is a team that is highly ranked every year and is very big and athletic this year. I hope we can get a very large crowd out to watch our ladies compete and win! Go Hoosiers!!

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