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By the numbers
Games this season in which Indiana has shot better than 50 percent from the field — Duke (50.8 percent) and Maryland (50 percent).
8 Former Hoosiers who have played in the NBA this season, the most of any team in the Big Ten and the most for IU since there were also eight in the 1988-89 season.
8.5 Points per game for freshman Justin Smith in the six games since he entered the starting lineup. Smith was averaging 3.9 points per game for the season prior.

RoJo tracker
IU senior guard Robert Johnson saw his 10-game streak of double-digit scoring efforts end in an eight-point effort at Illinois on Wednesday night, but he has still averaged 15.7 points per game since Big Ten play resumed in the new year. Johnson now sits at 31st on the all-time Indiana scoring list with 1,264 points, just one behind Steve Green for 30th and eight back of Joby Wright for 29th.

In the past six games, Johnson is shooting 40.5 percent from 3 and has now surpassed former teammate James Blackmon for fourth on the all-time made 3-pointers list with 213.

Johnson has also now started 108 games as a Hoosier, good for fourth all-time and now just 13 behind Jordan Hulls for first. Yogi Ferrell is first with 137 career starts and Christian Watford second with 130.

Turnovers in progress
Indiana’s 18 turnovers on Wednesday night proved costly at Illinois, but that’s been a trend in Big Ten losses this season.

The Hoosiers are a combined plus-26 in turnover margin during their five conference wins and just plus-3 in the four losses.

Still, there is an overall net positive on the season for this IU team, which is averaging 12.6 turnovers per game, a plus-1.3 turnover margin, a 1.1 assist to turnover ratio and allowing 14.3 points per game off turnovers.

Compare that to a year ago when the Hoosiers committed 15.2 turnovers per game, held a minus-4.1 turnover margin, a 0.9 assist to turnover ratio and allowed 16.7 points per game off turnovers.

Recruit watch

Damezi Anderson, 6-7, F, South Bend (Riley), 2018: No stats available from a 66-36 win over Jimtown last Friday.
Jake Forrester, 6-9, F, Harrisburg, Pa., 2018: Played three games in three days last weekend, starting with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks in a 74-71 overtime loss to the Camden School on Friday, followed by 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 92-67 victory over the Shipley School on Saturday and finishing with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a 58-51 loss to the Ranney School on Sunday.
Jerome Hunter, 6-7, G/F, Pickerington, Ohio, 2018: Scored 16 points to help Pickerington North to a 45-40 win over Pickerington Central last Friday.
Rob Phinisee, 5-11, PG, Lafayette (McCutcheon), 2018: Delivered 21 points in a 70-30 romp past Western last Saturday, which followed up a 35-point outing last Friday in an 89-65 victory at Logansport.

Grace Berger, 6-0, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018:
Finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in Sacred Heart’s 60-49 win over Bullitt East on Wednesday after scoring 12 points in a 51-46 loss to Incarnate Word (Mo.) last Saturday.
Aleksa Gulbe, 6-3, F, Riga, Latvia, 2018: No stats available.
Chanel Wilson, 5-6, PG, Powder Springs, Ga., 2018: No stats available.
Jorie Allen, 6-0, F, Bedford North Lawrence, 2019: Scored 10 points as BNL routed Floyd Central 75-36 on Wednesday for its seventh straight HHC title. Also had 16 points last Saturday in a 61-33 win over Evansville Mater Dei.
Arielle Wisne, 6-5, C, Thornton, Colo., 2019: Posted 10 points and seven rebounds in an easy win over Poudre on Tuesday, which followed a performance of seven points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a 66-37 win over Fossil Ridge last Friday.


  1. I’m not sure there is an A type on this team but someone, anyone has to grow claws, teeth and horns needed to force this bunch daily into Cook, dim the lights and practice FT’s until everyone consistently hits at 80%. Day after day. Congratulate who does and increase gym time for who doesn’t.

    1. My co-workers were talking about this. Only a matter of time it seems that coaches start getting thrown into the dumpster. Painful and in many ways an embarrassing way to learn.

    2. We’ll see how much trouble they are in. I never thought Penn State would return to glory so quickly.

      Good thing they didn’t do anything REALLY bad like making too many three way phone calls. That kind of stuff will crush a program.

  2. With all the money in major conference athletics and the media attention the schools receive there’s a lot of blind eyes or turn your head away attitude in the college presidents, athletic directors and even the NCAA, on the sex abuse situations and other wrong acts ( U of L). INDY Star reported Saturday about the president of the NCAA knowing about the Michigan State problem for a number of years. Florida State was another example of ignoring a problem.

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