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By the numbers
1 More start will make Yogi Ferrell the all-time leader in Indiana history. He is currently tied with Christian Watford for the school record with 130 career starts.
3 Turnovers per game more committed by Indiana on the road than at home. The Hoosiers average 15 turnovers in true road games heading into the season’s final road trips to Illinois and Iowa, compared to 12.1 turnovers per game at Assembly Hall.
26 Rebounds against Purdue for Indiana as a team, its fewest in a victory since securing 21 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament win over New Mexico State on March 13, 2012.

Bracket tracker
With the month of march right around the corner, it’s time to keep one eye on what’s happening on the court and another on what is happening off the court in the world of bracketology. For Indiana, that means watching both the men’s and women’s basketball teams this year.

On the men’s side, the Hoosiers’ recent wins over Iowa and Purdue at home have helped push them from a No. 7 or 8 seed to a No. 5 or 6. Andy Bottoms of Assembly Call, who is the top-rated bracketologist in the nation, has Indiana as a No. 6 seed playing No. 11 Monmouth in Denver. Other high-profile bracketologists have similar projections: ESPN’s Joe Lunardi lists IU as a No. 5 seed playing 12th seed Valparaiso in Oklahoma City, CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm says Indiana is a fifth seed playing No. 12 St. Mary’s in Denver, Shelby Mast of USA Today has the Hoosiers as a No. 6 seed playing the Cincinnati-Alabama play-in game winner in Providence, Rhode Island, Reid Forgrave of FOX Sports says Indiana is a No. 6 playing the St. Joseph’s-Cincinnati play-in winner in Providence and NBC Sports has IU as a No. 5 seed playing Monmouth in Oklahoma City.

On the women’s side, Teri Moren’s Hoosiers are definitely a bubble team, although definitively in the tournament entering play Wednesday night. ESPN’s Charlie Creme lists Indiana as a 10th seed this week playing No. 7 Oklahoma in Corvallis, Oregon, although the Hoosiers are not among the last four in. In-state and in-conference rival Purdue is among the last four in, while Iowa is among the first four out.

Other projections have Indiana as an 11 seed vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State with the Hoosiers among the last eight in, according to collegesportsmadness.com. And IU is a 10 seed playing No. 7 Oklahoma in Knoxville, Tenn., according to realtimerpi.com.

Recruit watch
MEN
De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo. (Overland), 2016:
Finished off the regular season with 13 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 60-43 win over Grandview last Friday as Overland earned one of four No. 1 seeds for the state tournament.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Celebrated Senior Night with 11 points and six rebounds in a 60-44 win over Lake Central last Friday.
Devonte Green, 6-2, G, Long Island (Lutheran), N.Y., 2016: Took MVP honors in the LuHi Postseason Invitational after 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists in a 99-48 win over Eagle Academy on Friday night, then had 34 points, five steals, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 77-61 win over W.H.E.E.L.S. in the title game.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: No stats available from 100-82 win over Genesis Academy last Friday. Jones attended the IU game against Purdue on Saturday.
Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga. (Berkmar), 2017: Wrapped his season with 17 points and four rebounds in a 70-49 loss to McEachern in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament last Saturday. Was also named first team All-Region 8-AAAAAA.

WOMEN
Darby Foresman, 6-3, F, Heritage Christian, 2016:
Contributed six points and 11 rebounds to help the Eagles to a 60-40 win over South Bend St. Joseph in the 3A semistate last Saturday, earning a third straight trip to the state finals.
Ria Gulley, 5-9, G, San Antonio (Clark), Texas, 2016: Saw her season end with seven points, three assists and two steals in a 59-42 loss to San Antonio Wagner in the second round of the Class 6A tournament.
Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas (Kinkaid), 2017: Did not play.
Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Archer), 2017: Scored 20 points to lead the way in a season-ending 87-49 loss to McEachern in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs. Was also named first team All-Region 8-AAAAAA.

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  1. Good recruits for both the men and the women. Yogi and Max for the men are the only 2 “big” losses from graduation. Next year should be more basketball fun!

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