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By the numbers
Consecutive wins at Assembly Hall over ranked opponents. The last Indiana loss at home vs. a ranked opponent was a 73-56 loss to Michigan State on Jan. 4, 2014.
8 Rebounds per game for Troy Williams over the last four games. He had been averaging just 5.6 rebounds per game on the season prior to that stretch.
29 Minutes played by Collin Hartman against Maryland, a career high. Since logging just 12 minutes at Michigan State on Jan. 5, Hartman has played 23-plus minutes in each of the past four games.

Poll position
Indiana’s appearance at No. 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 this week marks the 534th week since the poll began in the 1947-48 season that the Hoosiers were nationally ranked. That puts Indiana eighth on the all-time list and is the best mark among all Big Ten programs.

IU is also climbing less conventional charts as well, coming in at No. 32 in both the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) and Sagarin Ratings, as well as No. 40 according to

Back to the Derby Classic
Indiana signees Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby are both slated to play in the Derby Festival Classic at Freedom Hall in Louisville this spring.

The news was first reported by and confirmed on Twitter by Derby Festival Classic recruiting coordinator Mike Gandolfo.

This year’s annual high school all-star game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 11 and preceded by the Night of the Future Stars on April 10 at New Albany.

Tickets for the event go on sale Feb. 19 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.

Current Hoosiers Troy Williams, Stan Robinson, Collin Hartman, Devin Davis, Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel are Derby Festival Classic alums.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015:
Was at the Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Mo., last weekend. Scored just five points before suffering a knee contusion in opening loss to Bishop O’Dowd last Thursday, then had just seven points on 3-of-15 shooting in 48-27 loss to Bentonville Friday and capped things off with 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in a 49-25 win over Parkview Saturday.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: Posted 23 points and seven rebounds in a 61-55 overtime loss to Pacific last weekend, then had 17 points and 16 rebounds in a 62-56 double overtime win against Helias on Tuesday.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015:
Scored six points in a 42-41 win over Arlington Lamar last Friday, followed by 11 points in a 76-28 rout of Arlington Sam Houston on Tuesday.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Delivered 17 points and five rebounds in a 36-33 upset win over No. 1 Mason last Saturday, then had 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 46-38 win at Zanesville Wednesday.
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: N/A.
Bree Boles, 6-2, F, Lapel, 2018: Had 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 62-58 win over Shenandoah last Thursday, then 15 points and eight rebounds in a 70-45 win over Tri-Central on Monday.

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  1. Numbers (KenPom).. Not counting most of the pre-conference games, IU has wins against teams currently ranked #20, #21, #33, #75, #94, #96, #113, #173 (Rutgers) and #174. Losses to #10, #18, #22, #25, #57 and #131 (E. Washington). IU ranked at #50. Guess 4 of the losses make sense. Maybe #57 Purdue, an away game . Next five up are #’s 5, 33, 49, 57 and # 80 (Michigan).

    Those same games, IU has scored 1129 points against 1125, combined .

    Attended Montverde Academy game yesterday. Ben Simmons, ranked #1 high school kid had 26 points. He’s headed to LSU. Last week watched Tavares, Fl., Liberty Christian with 7’6 Tacko Fall. He’s headed to UCF. He has a 7 yr old brother who is 5’9.

    I think I know the feeling the IU kids got at Michigan State and Louisville. Walking a trail in the Ocala National forest and a brown bear ran across the trail. Stomach does strange things. Did have my lucky IU cap on..

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