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By the numbers
Indiana players on the current roster who played in the last meeting against Notre Dame on Dec. 19, 2015 — Robert Johnson and Collin Hartman.
3 Wins and losses in the six games played at the Crossroads Classic by the Hoosiers — 2-1 against Notre Dame and 1-2 against Butler.
20 Offensive rebounds this season for Freddie McSwain Jr. in just 10.6 minutes of action per game, the second-most on the team behind Juwan Morgan’s 29.

RoJo tracker
Senior guard Robert Johnson currently sits in 47th place on the IU all-time scoring list with 1,092 career points and is on the verge of passing No. 46 Darryl Thomas (1,095) and No. 45 Bob Leonard (1,098).
Johnson has now started 97 of the 108 games in which he has played for the Hoosiers and will have a chance to crack the top-10 in career games played if the Hoosiers are eligible to play in a postseason tournament.

Playing with Hartman
Collin Hartman’s return to the lineup in recent weeks has provided Indiana with a spark, which comes as no surprise. Since the 2014-15 season, the Hoosiers are 49-23 when he is healthy and in the lineup. Without Hartman, Indiana is just 21-20 over that same time span.
The redshirt senior from Indianapolis had 11 points in 16 minutes against Duke and grabbed a career-high eight rebounds against Michigan. He also had a season-high 13 points against Iowa before just five points and two rebounds in 18 minutes at Louisville.
A career 40.1 percent 3-point shooter, Hartman is right at that mark so far this season at 6-of-15.

Recruit watch
Damezi Anderson, 6-7, F, South Bend (Riley), 2018:
Delivered 19 points in a 62-48 win over Mishawaka last Thursday, then finished with 23 points and eight rebounds in an 81-75 overtime win against future IU teammate Jerome Hunter and Pickerington North in the Forum Tip-Off Classic at Southport.
Jake Forrester, 6-8, F, Harrisburg, Pa., 2018: Standout performance of 22 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to Georgetown Prep at the National Hoop Fest on Saturday. He was then held scoreless in just 10 minutes of action against Holy Spirit at the National Hoop Fest on Sunday and did not play in a win over George School on Tuesday.
Jerome Hunter, 6-7, G/F, Pickerington, Ohio, 2018: Last Friday had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in a 59-41 victory over Pickerington Central, followed by 21 points in the 81-75 overtime loss to Anderson and South Bend Riley, a game that saw Hunter pick up a second technical after fouling out in the OT.
Rob Phinisee, 5-11, PG, Lafayette (McCutcheon), 2018: Stuffed the stat sheet with 32 points, nine assists and six rebounds in an 84-55 win over Kokomo on Friday, then had 22 points, six assists and five rebounds in a 63-58 loss to Indianapolis Tindley in the Forum Tip-Off Classic at Southport on Saturday.

Grace Berger, 6-0, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018:
Posted double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in No. 2 Sacred Heart’s 65-63 loss to No. 1 Mercer County on Saturday. That came on the heels of 14 points, four steals and two assists in a 64-55 win over Jeffersonville last Thursday.
Aleksa Gulbe, 6-3, F, Riga, Latvia, 2018: Has appeared in two of five games for TTT Riga in the Eastern European Women’s Basketball League this season, averaging 9.5 minutes and two rebounds.
Chanel Wilson, 5-6, PG, Powder Springs, Ga., 2018: No stats available.


  1. I think Hartman is a solid basketball player with a pretty sweet stroke, but all the hullabaloo of comparing wins and losses with or without Hartman on the floor can be very skewed/deceiving. The same could be said for a number of key component/players had they missed substantial time due to injury.

  2. Jeremy, thanks for the recruit update. Hope this continues throughout the season. Keep up the great work.

  3. Hunter, Anderson, and Phinisee don’t seem to have much of a problem scoring, something our current roster is lacking. I wonder if Jake Forrester was sick and that’s why he had a poor performance followed by lack of playing. Wonder what the deal was with 2 technicals on Hunter.

    These 4 along with Race Thompson is an excellent foundation for our program. It’s been very unsettling reading negative comments about Archie and this years group. The only player on the roster Miller is responsible for bringing into the program is Thompson and he is a red shirt. Our fan base is becoming a bit delusional and I wonder if it’s because our younger part of the fan base has no recollection of Coach Knight’s time here at IU. I’m in the middle age group who had some pre and post Knight experience. Anybody who thought Miller would come in here and take a first round NIT looser that lost 3 of its best players to the NCAA tournament is just flat out delisional. He could still get this team in the NCAA, but if he doesn’t it’s not an underachieving situation. He basically gets a pass this year in my opinion. We are at 5-5 with slowly improving team. Had we beat Duke, @Louisville, and Indiana State (all winnable games) we would be 8-3 and would probably have an enormous amount of positive buzz. By next year Morgan, Davis, Smith and Durham will be more developed and will compliment our incoming class. Recruiting isn’t over and Langford is good enough to but next years team in the final 4.

  4. Perhaps you meant ‘the NBA’. You rarely lose players to the NCAA tournament.

    I think the team is doing pretty much as expected. I have to admit, I didn’t expect the outside shooting to be this dismal. RJ has lost confidence in his shot. I didn’t know what to expect from the freshmen. Newkirk may actually be better but that was a low bar to clear.

    But, you are correct. Archie did not assemble these players. I like the intensity they play with.

  5. In defense of Crean, we could have had far more of an empty cupboard. Durham is a quality player. Morgan is another first round NBA pick. Newkirk, the target of far too much criticism, is doing an admirable job pacing the play. Davis is a far stronger presence and scorer inside than most of us probably anticipated. Hartman could have easily been gently cajoled off the team a year or two ago. We have Crean to thank for the leadership and many intangibles Colin provides(likely countless in practices).
    Johnson is a quality shooting guard with strength and size. He can get to the rim. He’s a good rebounding guard. He has been bricking of late, but there is a lot of season left for him to regain confidence in the stroke(maybe it’s ‘spacing’ issues as Geoff alluded to a while back).

    This isn’t a Danny Moore, Pritchard, and Jeremiah Rivers bunch.

    If Crean would have not been fired, who knows…? Maybe Bryant, OG, and Blackmon all remain enrolled and we’re playing in a Final Four with one of our deepest teams in decades?

    Honestly, there is probably as much if not more talent on this team(even without OG, Bryant, and Blackmon) than anything Archie ever had at Dayton. Simply having a shooter like Blackmon available may have been enough to upset the strong teams we have narrowly lost games (Seton Hall, Duke, Louisville).

    There are no relaxed timetables. Archie needs to be inventive on the future recruiting roads..and he needs to get more out of the talented roster he currently has in place.

    1. Crean credit? Is this the real Harvard? Lol. Creans strength as a coach was evaluating talent. He found some pretty good talent a long ways down most recruiting rankings.

      1 scholarship player on this years roster from Indiana is pathetic. The Indiana job is only a good job if you can pull in at least 1 of the states top 3-4 players every year. Why or how he ruined relationships with indiana highschool coachs is mind boggling. That is the absolute worst move a head coach at IU could make.

      I don’t think Bryant, Blackmon, and OG were a final 4 team personally. I think We would of completed for a big ten championship in a weak big ten. I completely agree that having 1 of the 3 would of made a huge difference in the 5 losses we currently have under Archie. I also think Archie thought he would have 1 or 2 of them when he took this job.

  6. There’s been a lot made of RJ and his shooting woes this year as if they’re anomalous. They aren’t. He’s not really a great 3pt shooter. He’s down this year to 30%, but he shot 37% last year. Not exactly Steph Curry.

    He does a lot of other nice things. If this team had one or two other guys who could drain the three, he’d probably be shooting less and playing more within his strengths. Three point shooting isn’t one of them.

    1. He does. He’s got a lot in his toolbox.

      You can still see the mindset. A couple too many dribbles behind the arc because, just maybe, the three will be open.

      They’re getting better, though.

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