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Of nearly everything for fan favorite Tim Priller against McNeese State. Priller tied career highs with two points and two rebounds, while setting a career high with two steals in two minutes of playing time.
6 Assists or more in a game seven times in 11 games this season for senior guard Yogi Ferrell.
7 Made field goals in seven attempts for Thomas Bryant against McNeese State, the first time an IU player has been perfect from the field with seven or more attempts since Will Sheehey was 9-of-9 against Purdue on Feb. 16, 2013.

Crossroads collision course
The four in-state teams in Saturday’s Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis — Butler, Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue — make up what is likely the strongest collective field in event history.

All four teams rank in the top 20 nationally in offensive efficiency with Butler fourth, Indiana seventh, Notre Dame 11th and Purdue 20th. The Bulldogs are also second nationally in scoring offense at 91.7 points per game, which is a sudden change from the more measured pace of previous Butler teams. But since removing the interim tag from coach Chris Holtmann, the Bulldogs have turned up the tempo in the 2015-16 season.

The Hoosiers do rank ahead of the Bulldogs in effective field-goal percentage, ranking second nationally at 62.6 percent. Butler is 15th at 57.3 percent, while Notre Dame is 21st and Purdue 23rd.

Indiana is fourth in scoring offense at 89.0 points per game, but that’s not at all a surprise.

What is surprising is that the Hoosiers enter the event with the second-best defensive efficiency rating among the four teams. Purdue leads the way, and the nation, in defensive efficiency, while IU checks in at No. 78. That’s well ahead of Butler at 122nd and Notre Dame at 154th.

It’s a less rosy picture in defensive field-goal percentage though, as Indiana brings up the rear, ranking minimally behind Notre Dame at 161st nationally. The Irish are 159th, and both give up 42.1 percent to opposing teams. For the Hoosiers, that number is even after holding the past three opponents to 32.8 percent from the field.

Purdue is first in field-goal percentage defense at 33.3 percent, while Butler ranks 102nd at 40.5 percent.

Women’s RPI
Heading into this weekend’s Florida Sunshine Classic, the IU women’s basketball team (7-2) sits 79th in RPI, which ranks 11th-best among Big Ten teams. The Hoosiers should get a boost from their two neutral court opponents this weekend, as Miami is 24th and West Virginia 66th in the RPI.

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De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo., 2016:
Had 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 73-39 win last Friday over Chaparral, then had 10 points in Overland’s 62-43 win over Long Beach Poly at the Tark Classic Wednesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Finished with just two points on two free throws in a 47-45 loss to Warren Central last Saturday in the Tip Off Classic at Southport.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Notched 17 points in a 77-57 win over Orangeville Prep last Thursday, had 12 points and 10 assists in a 93-64 win over Cape Fear Christian last Friday and added 17 points in a 95-62 romp over New Faith Christian last Saturday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Had 17 points and five rebounds in Berkmar’s 74-30 win over Parkview last Friday, then had 14 points in a 70-62 upset of 3A No. 2 Jenkins.

WOMEN
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Scored eight points in a 63-46 win over Fort Wayne South last Saturday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio, Texas, 2016: Returned from illness with 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists in Clark’s 71-34 win over Boerne last Friday, then had eight points in a 60-35 win over New Braunfels Tuesday.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton, Texas, 2016: Scored 19 points in a 55-44 win over Keller last Friday, then had 17 points in a 61-29 rout of Justin Northwest on Tuesday.
Bailey Broadnax, 6-0, F, Crowley, Texas (Hill Junior College), 2016: No stats available from 83-45 win over Clarendon College.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: Was named tournament MVP for the Houston ISD Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament earlier this month.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Delivered 13 points and nine rebounds in a 48-39 win over South Gwinnett last Saturday, then had a double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds to go with three blocks in a 46-45 win for Archer over Carrollton on Monday.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Chipped in seven points and eight rebounds in a 49-36 win over Hamilton Heights last Saturday, followed by 27 points and 14 rebounds in a 58-57 win over Eastern Hancock on Tuesday.

9 comments

  1. Doesn’t that mean Priller would average 40/40/40 over an entire game?

    That’s sarcasm.

    Good for him. We were playing McCheese State. Surely they could have played the guy for more than 2 minutes. Were they saving him for Notre Dame?

  2. Cuban’s comments are going to be like what Mack Brown heard here in Texas. What is being said publicly doesn’t necessarily reflect what’s being said in the President’s ear ( phone or otherwise)

  3. Exactly. You guys nailed it. Cuban isn’t going to come out against Crean ever. He’s got a lot of power to really cause problems at Indiana and he knows that isn’t the way to go about this regardless of his feelings.

    I also think that folks counting on Cuban to dig in his pocket for a Crean buyout can forget it. It’s a losing position for Cuban; he is too high profile a person. That high profile creates more downside than upside. It forces him to take a position where he doesn’t have control over the ultimate outcome (hiring new coach). It could make him look pretty bad if it is handled poorly by Indiana University on all fronts.

  4. This is old news. Cuban made his opinion about Crean known a long time ago.Unfortunately for the coach there are plenty of alumni out there that don’t share Mr.Cuban’s opinion.

  5. RAM, there are a lot of Varsity Club Donors( that are paying thousands of dollars each year for their Assembly Hall seats), that don’t share Cuban’s opinion on Crean.

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