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By the numbers
2 Indiana’s rank among Big Ten teams in 3-point percentage defense since conference play began at 24.4 percent (19-of-78).
3 Wins by Indiana over a nationally ranked opponent this season, the most in the Big Ten after last Saturday’s upset of No. 22 Ohio State. IU’s 18 wins over ranked opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season is second only to Kansas nationally.
10 Games in which the Hoosiers have placed at least four players in double figures this season, matching last year’s season total.

How many 3s will we see?
Sunday’s game in Champaign, Ill., will pit two perimeter-oriented teams against each other, and it could be bombs away from behind the 3-point line.

Illinois has attempted 115 3-pointers in five conference games, the second-most in the Big Ten. Indiana has hoisted 87 3s in four games, sixth-most in the conference and on a per game basis attempts the third most 3s in the conference.

Now how many of those shots actually go in is another matter. Illinois ranks eighth in 3-point percentage at 31.3, while Indiana is 11th at 28.7 percent. The Hoosiers are coming off a 9-of-21 effort against Penn State, the worst team in the league at defending the 3. Illinois is only slightly better, ranking 12th while allowing Big Ten foes to shoot 38.9 percent from 3. Indiana, on the other hand, ranks second in the conference in 3-point percentage defense at 24.4 percent.

The nominees are …
The 2015 nominees for the McDonald’s All-American Games were announced on Wednesday. The boys’ list included both Indiana signees, Juwan Morgan and O.G. Anunoby. They are two of six nominees from the state of Missouri, although Anunoby was listed as being from Mississippi as the result of an errant state abbreviation of MS rather than MO.

On the girls’ side, future Hoosier Kym Royster was among 10 nominees from the state of Ohio.

Men’s recruit watch
Juwan Morgan, 6-7, F, Waynesville, Mo., 2015:
Scored 25 points, including 17-of-21 at the free throw line, to go with five blocks in a 57-50 win over Carnahan last Saturday.
O.G. Anunoby, 6-7, G/F, Jefferson City, Mo., 2015: Made the all-tournament team at the Kaminsky Classic in Joplin last weekend. Blocked a shot at the buzzer to preserve opening 38-37 win over McDonald County, posted 16 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a 60-47 win over Joplin in the semis and had six points in a 61-49 loss to Francis Howell in the final. Followed up with 19 points on Tuesday in a 55-51 win over visiting Battle.

Women’s recruit watch
Danielle Williams, 6-5, C, North Crowley, Texas, 2015: Scored six points in 56-47 loss to Arlington Bowie last Friday and four points in 32-30 loss to Weatherford on Tuesday.
Kym Royster, 6-2, F, Newark, Ohio, 2015: Delivered 18 points and five rebounds in a 49-34 win over Africentric Monday, then had 21 points and five rebounds in a 46-21 win over Reynoldsburg Wednesday.
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016: N/A.
Bree Boles, 6-2, F, Lapel, 2018: Finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 58-39 win over Elwood last Thursday. Followed up with 22 points and eight rebounds in 58-52 win over Knightstown on Tuesday.


  1. Absolutely hilarious…You’re the best! Lord, that’s funny…Love the captions too….

    Ode to IDS…and the days of Basketblog…so long ago and wildly free days.

  2. I did read the Tori Ziege piece.. Wish I could say it had the depth that could convince me of an honest passion for the subject matter…Can’t win ’em all.

  3. Those Blackmon jumpers will start to fall with increasing percentages…At first, it will feel very strange to coachv…It will seem very, very strange. But I’m o.k. with strange magic…Blackmon may have strange “Josie” hair as well, but the game is a magic the head coach astutely brought to his not-so-astute magical Bloomington world to make it less the ass-toot hell..

  4. Brad Stevens is the only choice to restore all that is Indiana basketball…..truly a perfect fit.

  5. Wow….Scoop has gone into deep slumber.

    Rhinestones- Very weird…I found your twin..It’s an older sorta twin, but a twin nonetheless….And may I also add that you are in very good company with this twin…
    I was on this journey today It was started by listening to a short segment on a public radio station.while driving in my car…It was a story about Marquis de Lafayette….I learned something about quite an incredible and complex Frenchman that was quite the rock star during the American Revolution …Became like a son to George Washington…No…your twin is not Lafayette….Ranter than bore you with all the details, I’ll cut to the chase.. I finally ended up at a PBS documentary, “Lafayette: The Lost Hero,” that i started to watch on YouTube…Low and behold, i stumbled upon your twin…He is James R. Gaines …He has had quite the career in journalism…He is also a historian and author

    Anyway…If you go to around the 3;30 mark you’ll find your older lookalike and sound-a-like…..(he comes in again at the 12:35 mark in a close-up shot)..I thought Mr. Gaines’s voice was amazingly similar to your rich tone… High praise,

    “To the perpetual union of the United States, it has always served us in times of storm.
    One day it will save the world.”

    Marquis de Lafayette

    Go Hoosiers!!

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