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By the numbers
Times in the previous 18 Big Ten Tournaments has Indiana reached the semifinals. The Hoosiers have only reached the finals once.
8 Losses for Indiana in Big Ten Tournament play to a lower-seeded team, but only once to the eventual champion.
13 Years since the No. 1 seed (Indiana this year) lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. No. 8 Ohio State beat No. 1 Wisconsin in 2003.

Ferrell finalist
IU senior point guard Yogi Ferrell has made the final cut for the 2016 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award. Ferrell was one of five finalists named on Monday for the honor, joining Providence’s Kris Dunn, Iowa State’s Monte Morris, Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis and Oakland’s Kay Felder.

The award is in its 13th year recognizing the top point guard in men’s Division I college basketball. The winner of the award is determined by a combination of fan voting and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans may visit to cast their votes starting Friday and running through March 25.

The winner will be announced on ESPN’s College Basketball Awards show on April 8, which will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.

Ferrell helped lead the Hoosiers to the 2016 Big Ten regular-season title, leading the team in scoring at 17.1 points per game and became the school’s all-time assist leader (607). He has already been named a second team All-American by both USA Today and The Sporting News.

Home cooking
Indiana’s win over Maryland on Sunday capped off an undefeated season at Assembly Hall for the ninth time in men’s basketball since the building opened prior to the 1971-72 season. Overall, the Hoosiers have gone unbeaten at home 17 times in 116 seasons of basketball.

In addition, the 2015-16 season is the first time in school history that both the men’s team (17-0) and women’s team (14-0) have gone undefeated at home in the same season for an overall record of 31-0. Indiana is the only team in the nation to accomplish the feat this season, as the Princeton women lost at home to Penn on Tuesday night for the Tigers’ only home blemish.

IU women wait
By the time the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show airs on Monday night at 7 o’clock on ESPN, it will have been 10 days since the IU women’s basketball team lost to Northwestern in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals. The wait will likely make for more than a few anxious moments, but while nothing is assured, all signs point to the Hoosiers being included in the field of 64 for the first time since 2002.

ESPN’s Charlie Creme has Indiana as a No. 10 seed facing No. 7 South Florida in Austin, Texas, with the winner likely earning a date with the host and second-seeded Longhorns. IU is also a 10 seed at, facing No. 7 Tennessee in Austin, and agrees.

Recruit watch
De’Ron Davis, 6-9, F, Aurora, Colo. (Overland), 2016:
Had 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and 10 rebounds to go with three blocks in a 69-50 win over Doherty in the regional final. Will play in the final four this Saturday.
Grant Gelon, 6-5, G, Crown Point, 2016: Scored 20 points in a 69-53 sectional semifinal win over Chesterton last Friday, then added 12 points in a 59-54 double overtime victory against Valparaiso in the sectional championship game. Will play in the Michigan City Regional Saturday.
Devonte Green, 6-2, G, Long Island (Lutheran), N.Y., 2016: Did not play.
Curtis Jones, 6-4, G, Highland Springs, Va. (Huntington Prep), 2016: Celebrated Senior Night with 23 points and 12 assists in 116-89 win over Deeper Life Academy last Thursday.

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  1. If its South Florida if Im not mistaken earlier this year they actually led Uconn at the half and ended up losing by only 16. Whoever they are matched up against they best come with their A game or it could get ugly real fast.

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