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By the numbers
8.5
Rebound margin for Indiana this season, which is 20th in the nation entering play Thursday. Fellow Big Ten members Michigan State and Purdue rank first and second, respectively.
10 Made 3-pointers against Michigan, the 12th time the Hoosiers have hit double-figures from 3 this season. IU had made just nine 3-pointers in its previous two games combined.
14 Wins by double digits this season for Indiana, including seven in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers are 5-3 in single-digit games this season.

Man of few words
It turns out OG Anunoby is as economical off the court as he is on. After tying a career high with 11 points at Michigan on Tuesday to go along with three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in 19 minutes, Anunoby took less than 100 words to answer six questions from the media, including one simple “Yes, sir.”

The freshman from Jefferson City, Mo., was anything but giddy despite the effort, which he seemed to feel was all in a day’s work.

“My teammates and coaches give me all the confidence,” he said.

As for the Hoosiers’ ability to bounce back after falling behind 15-4 early, that was also easily explained.

“We know how good we can be, so we trust each other,” Anunoby said. “We never get down, coach never gets down, so we really believe in each other.”

And the defense for which he’s becoming known?

“We knew they’d come out hard off screens and stuff, so we tried to get into them, stay attached and just chase them,” said Anunoby, who also said the frontcourt work of Thomas Bryant, Max Bielfeldt and Juwan Morgan was also critical. “That was big. They stayed attached to their men, so we could just do our jobs. It helped everything a lot.”

Really, what more is there to say.

Yogi tracker
Indiana senior guard Yogi Ferrell has hit a bit of a lull in his season-long assault on the record books.

Ferrell needs 34 assists to pass Quinn Buckner on the Indiana all-time list for assists in Big Ten games and trails former Michigan State standout Eric Snow by 27 for 10th on the Big Ten’s all-time list.

He had nine assists at Michigan on Tuesday, falling one assist shy of his first career triple-double.

However, Ferrell is still putting up some impressive statistics. In Big Ten play, the Indianapolis native ranks first in 3-point percentage (.547), second in scoring (19.2 ppg), second in assists (5.7) and fourth in minutes played per game (36.1).

Ferrell also ranks 26th nationally in assists per game (5.8) and is tied for ninth in 3-point percentage (.472). He is also one of only two active players nationally with 1,550 career points, 500 assists and 350 rebounds. Hofstra’s Juan’ya Green is the other.

Recruit watch
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De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo. (Overland), 2016:
Posted 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in an 87-46 win over Mullen last Friday, then had 10 points, six rebounds and six blocks in a 63-41 rout of top-ranked Eaglecrest.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Contributed 10 points and five rebounds in a 53-42 win over LaPorte last Friday and followed up with 18 points in a 40-31 victory over Boone Grove on Saturday.
Devonte Green, 6-2, G, Long Island (Lutheran), N.Y., 2016: Had 13 points at Immaculate Conception in an 81-54 win last Saturday, scored 18 points in a 67-43 win over Leman Manhattan Prep on Monday, and finished the week with 19 points and seven assists in a 96-64 rout of Queens Teaching Wednesday.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Delivered 18 points, five rebounds and four assists in an 82-65 win over Atlantic Shores last Thursday, then had 27 points, four assists and four steals in 75-60 win over St. Louis Christian last Saturday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga. (Berkmar), 2017: Scored 18 points, 11 in the final 10 minutes, to go with seven rebounds in a 66-46 win over Dacula on Tuesday.

WOMEN
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Co-team high 11 points in regular-season ending 48-37 win over Rushville last Thursday. No stats available from 86-36 win over Guerin Catholic in sectional opener on Wednesday.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio (Clark), Texas, 2016: Dished out nine assists to go with 26 points in a 71-59 over San Antonio O’Connor last Saturday, then had 13 points and nine assists on Wednesday in a 72-64 loss to San Antonio Brandeis.
Bre Wickware, 6-1, F, Denton (Guyer), Texas, 2016: Game-high 24 points paced an 81-35 victory over Keller Central last Friday and chipped in 14 points in a 69-37 win over Trophy Club Nelson 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 72-24 win over John Cooper School last Friday and 60-50 win over SATCH on Tuesday.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer), 2017: 16 points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and three assists in 47-44 win over Parkview last Friday, had 12 points and eight rebounds in a 49-42 win over Berkmar Saturday and 14 points in a 63-30 win over Central Gwinnett Monday that clinched the No. 1 seed for the Region 8-AAAAAA Tournament.
Bree Boles, 6-3, F, Lapel, 2018: Plays rival Frankton Friday night in sectional semifinals.