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13 Blowouts of 20 points or more in Big Ten games so far this season, including two by Indiana. Last season there were just 15 such results in 126 total games.
19 Made 3-pointers against the Illini on Tuesday, setting a Big Ten record for 3s made in a conference game, setting an Assembly Hall record for made 3 and tying for the most made 3s in the NCAA this season with six other teams.
35 3-point attempts by Indiana against Illinois on Tuesday, the most by the Hoosiers since hoisting 36 3s in a 90-80 loss to Gonzaga in the 2006 NCAA Tournament and the most ever against a Big Ten opponent.

Yogi tracker
In case you’ve been under a rock or blanket of snow this week, Indiana senior point guard Yogi Ferrell became IU’s all-time leader in assists against Illinois on Tuesday, passing previous record-holder Michael Lewis. Ferrell now has 553 career assists and with a 6.1 assist per game average, he’ll likely push his record into the mid-600s before all is said and done.

Ferrell is also now tied with Damon Bailey for third at IU in assists during Big Ten games with 250. He trails only Quinn Buckner (313) and Lewis (325).

With 16 points on Tuesday, Ferrell moved past Brian Evans (1,701) into 11th on the all-time scoring list with 1,703 points. Ferrell is now just 12 points behind Eric Anderson for 10th and 27 behind former teammate Christian Watford for ninth.

Against the Illini, Ferrell went 5-of-7 from behind the 3-point line, surpassing another former teammate, Jordan Hulls, for second in career 3-pointers attempted with 581. Ferrell is just a few games away from likely passing Hulls for second in 3-pointers made and attempted in Big Ten games.

Tip-top Troy
Indiana has proven it can win with or without significant production from Troy Williams. But it does seem that Williams’ level of play correlates with the Hoosiers’ margin of victory, especially in Big Ten play.

Williams is averaging 6.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 3.8 turnovers in Indiana’s four conference wins by 10 points or less. But in IU’s two biggest blowouts against Ohio State and Illinois, Williams was operating at peak efficiency in averaging 22 points, five rebounds, 3.5 assists and just 0.5 turnovers per game.

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De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo. (Overland), 2016:
Returned to lineup with five points, eight rebounds, six blocks, four assists and four steals in a 67-38 win over Arapahoe last Friday, then had 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 60-50 win over Cherry Creek on Wednesday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Held scoreless in a 55-50 win over Merrillville last Friday, then bounced back with 16 points in a 54-51 loss to 3A No. 1 Griffith on Saturday.
Devonte Green, 6-2, G, Long Island (Lutheran), N.Y., 2016: Scored 23 points in a 74-45 win over Poly Prep last Saturday, then earned game MVP honors with 39 points and five rebounds in a 73-72 win over Sacred Heart and Auburn-bound Mustapha Heron (41 points) Monday.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Contributed 22 points and six assists in a 64-63 loss to Prolific Prep last Saturday, had 24 points in an 80-68 win over Garfield Heights (Ohio) Sunday and posted 22 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds in 83-57 win against Purcell Marion on Monday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga. (Berkmar), 2017: Came up with 18 points in a 74-70 overtime win last Friday vs. Central Gwinnett, scored 13 points in a 79-53 rout of Sequoyah Monday and had 21 points in a 76-74 loss to Grayson Tuesday.
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Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Scored 10 points in 63-41 City Tournament semifinal win over Covenant Christian last Thursday, had eight points in a 50-32 win over Cathedral in Friday’s City final and added nine points in a 61-57 win over 4A No. 1 Columbus North Tuesday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio (Clark), Texas, 2016: Had just two points and six assists in a 54-33 win over San Antonio Marshall last Friday, then rebounded with 22 points and six assists in an 85-28 win over San Antonio Holmes on Tuesday.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton (Guyer), Texas, 2016: Scored 13 points in a 61-52 win over Denton Ryan last Friday and followed up with 15 points in a 46-40 loss to Keller on Tuesday.
Bailey Broadnax, 6-0, F, Crowley, Texas (Hill Junior College), 2016: Has not played since Dec. 4. No further information available.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas (Kinkaid), 2017: No stats available from two wins in the past week.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer), 2017: Posted 13 points and seven rebounds in 65-21 win over Shiloh last Friday, 12 points in a 74-53 loss to Riverdale (Tenn.) last Saturday and had 12 points and 10 boards in a 50-39 overtime win against Brookwood on Tuesday.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Fired in 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 71-38 victory over Shenandoah last Thursday.

3 comments

  1. Isiah Thomas had 356 assists in two seasons. …never having the added experience of a junior and senior season to push those numbers…(Final two years @ 3.5 assists per game would have put him in the 600s for totals)…At the rate Isiah was going, he could have likely hit 800 in four seasons….since we are comparing ex-Hoosiers wearing the same jersey number. It’s almost beyond comprehension to think of such assist numbers.

    All that being said, Yogi is a much better guard than I ever envisioned. His motor never stops and he’s worked his ass off to improve all facets of his game. He loves Indiana beyond the fast money. He kept his end of the bargain in hungering for the banner.

  2. I wonder what the ‘All-Time’ college assist record is…?

    Wow…Steve Blake had 972 career assists…Hurley blows them all away at 1076.

    Then again, would any have compared to Isiah in point totals combined with assists…if Thomas played four years?

  3. Chris Corchiani(Wolfpack) is the all-time(4-years) assist per game leader at 8.4 apg(1,038 in 124 games)

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