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By the numbers
3 Double-doubles so far this season for Thomas Bryant, who had just two double-doubles all of last season.
5 Consecutive wins for Indiana, tied with Wisconsin for the longest current winning streak in the Big Ten entering play this week.
8 Big Ten teams that will play on a neutral court this week, including IU and Purdue at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.

Doing it on defense
The real meat of the season still lies ahead, but the early returns are rather positive for the Hoosiers on the defensive end of the floor. Opponents are shooting just 37.5 percent from the field for the year after Indiana held Houston Baptist to 37.9 percent (25-of-66) Saturday, the fifth consecutive game IU has held its opponent under 40 percent. That streak, which includes limiting North Carolina to 39.3 percent, is the longest such streak since the 2012-13 season.

It’s a similar story for the 3-point defense, which gave up just 2-of-17 shooting against HBU. That 11.8 percent effort was the lowest by an Indiana opponent since Minnesota was 2-of-18 from 3 on Jan. 30, 2016. For the year, opponents are shooting 25.1 percent (50-199) from 3 this season.

Even Indiana’s free-throw defense has been good this season, highlighted by Liberty going just 5-of-14 at the stripe, the worst mark by a Big Ten opponent this season. For the year, opponents are hitting at just a 64.3 percent clip on free throws against the Hoosiers.

Career careers
The Indiana women’s basketball team is seeing a number of its players hit career milestones and climb both school and conference lists this season.

The Hoosiers already have three 1,000-point scorers in Tyra Buss (1,177), grad transfer Amber Deane (1,138) and Alexis Gassion (1,062) with Amanda Cahill (948) on the cusp of joining them. They rank 12th, 13th, 15th and 19th among active scorers in the Big Ten.

It’s more of the same in rebounding, where Cahill (600), Gassion (595) and Deane (465) rank sixth, seventh and 14th among active conference players.

The Hoosiers are also well represented in assists with Deane (293), Buss (284), Gassion (256) and Cahill (157) ranking fifth, seventh, ninth and 18th among active players in the Big Ten.

Recruit watch

Al Durham, 6-4, G, Lilburn, Ga., 2017: Posted 21 points in Berkmar’s 64-59 win over Birmingham Midfield last Saturday night in the Memphis vs. Atlanta Roundball Classic, then had 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 70-50 win over Lakeside-Dekalb Tuesday night.

Clifton Moore, 6-10, F, Horsham, Pa., 2017: Scored 20 points in Hatboro-Horsham’s 60-20 win over Springfield Township on Tuesday. Had 12 points and eight rebounds in a 39-36 loss to Council Rock South in the title game of the Hatters Tip-Off Tournament Saturday.

Justin Smith, 6-7, F, Lincolnshire, Ill., 2017: Scored a game-high 24 points in Stevenson’s easy 73-31 win over Mundelein last Friday.

Alexis Johnson, 6-1, F, Houston, Texas, 2017: No stats available as Kinkaid improved to 15-1 with a 60-20 win over Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart last Friday.

Linsey Marchese, 6-4, C, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2017: Produced 12 points in Archer’s 63-36 win over Shiloh on Tuesday night.

Jaelynn Penn, 5-9, G, Louisville, Ky., 2017: Led Butler with 19 points in a 92-23 win over Doss on Tuesday night. Also scored 15 points in a 73-37 win over Pleasant Ridge Park last Friday. No stats available from Saturday’s 68-50 win over Murray.

Keyanna Warthen, 5-10, G, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 2017: Scored 16 points in a 53-40 win over Dillard on Tuesday night.

Bendu Yeaney, 5-10, G, Portland, Ore., 2017: Delivered 25 points in St. Mary’s 72-62 win over Canby on Tuesday night after 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and three blocks in a 52-34 win over Hillsboro last Tuesday.

Grace Berger, 5-10, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018: First double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds last Thursday in Sacred Heart’s 53-38 win over Jeffersonville, then followed up with another double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds to go with six assists in an 84-76 overtime win against Simon Kenton at the Titan Classic in Harrodsburg.


  1. Jeremy, thanks so much for the recruit update. Hope this again becomes a weekly thing. Very nice. Sometimes it’s hard to find women’s stats for their high school games. Again, keep up the good work!

  2. Great to see Eric Gordon healthy and lighting it up for Houston….29 pts off the bench…7-12 on 3-pointers. Knew EJ would be a stud once the injuries were all behind him. Still has enough years ahead of him to truly live up to his potential.

    Watched a bit of Utah vs. Dallas tonight….Damn. Watching the Jazz and Mavericks provided a full array of familiar names from the state of Indiana….Gordon Hayward(Brownsburg/Butler) and Shelvin Mack(Butler)….Trey Lyles(Indy’s Arsenal Tech/UK) had some very impressive sequences. A.J. Hammons(Carmel/Purdue) provided some rather uneventful minutes off the bench for Dallas….though he did show some nice 3-point range. Also, George Hill(Broad Ripple H.S.) is now with Utah(out due to injury)and there were plenty of camera shots of him in his jazzy suit behind the Jazz bench.

    But it was Lyles who rather stole the show during a stretch of about 8 minutes in the 3rd quarter when he put on a display of various basketball plays….He was really in the flow of the game and demonstrated quickness and versatility at such a level that it had Doug Collins(ESPN color) oozing with praises. Collins went on to say that Lyles was showing a level of exceptional play that he never thought could, or would, be part of his game.

  3. Concerning IUW recruiting class it is a very talented class maybe the best in the conf. Most of all the talk is Penn and Yeaney and deservedly so, but I have this feeling about Warthen of which not much is talked about. ESPN only has her as a 3 star player and Im thinking part of that may be she is a late bloomer. As a sophomore she was second team all state in her 7a class, but as a junior she exploded with 20.1 pts, 10.5 reb., 4.4 ass. and 4.8 steals and made first team all state . That stat line speaks for itself but in my eyes its that 10.5 reb stat that sticks out the most . That avg. reveals that she had games that were well above the avg. and for high school girls thats saying something at her height. One report says that she stands at a shade above 5′ 10″. Barring injury her senior year could be even better.

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