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By the numbers
Career starts at Indiana for Zach McRoberts, who started three games last season and made his first start of 2017-18 at Wisconsin. He also started three games at Vermont.
29 Points scored in the past five games combined by De’Ron Davis, who has seen his scoring average drop from 11.5 to 9.6 per game.
59 Made free throws this season for Juwan Morgan, the most by an Hoosier. Morgan is shooting at a 72 percent clip from the line.

RoJo tracker
Senior guard Robert Johnson is now in 38th place on the all-time scoring list at Indiana with 1,168 points and now just 27 points behind Quinn Buckner for 37th.
Johnson is also currently sixth on the all-time IU list for made 3s with 196, just four behind fifth-place Tom Coverdale and nine behind James Blackmon Jr. for fourth.

The Minnesota connection
Indiana redshirt freshman Race Thompson will head home for Saturday’s game against the Gophers. Not only did Thompson attend high school just an hour away from Williams Arena at Armstrong High School in Plymouth, he is the son of former Gopher standout running back Darrell Thompson. The elder Thompson still holds a host of Minnesota rushing records, finishing his career with 4,654 yards on 936 carries with 40 rushing touchdowns and 23 games of 100 or more yards rushing.

CLASS in session
IU women’s basketball seniors Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill were named as two of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award on Thursday.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Candidates must be a Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.

Buss and Cahill are the only pair from the same school on either the men’s or women’s Senior CLASS awards list.

The field will be narrowed to 10 finalists in February with winners announced during the Final Four this spring.

Recruit watch
Damezi Anderson, 6-7, F, South Bend (Riley), 2018:
Scored eight points in a 70-24 blowout victory over Bremen on Tuesday.
Jake Forrester, 6-8, F, Harrisburg, Pa., 2018: Made the all-tournament team at Slam Dunk To The Beach in Lewes, Delaware, last week. Scored 25 points, recorded a tournament-record six blocked shots, grabbed five rebounds and dished two assists to lead Westtown over Dillard (Fla.), 72-68, on Thursday. Backed that up with 19 points, six rebounds and two blocks in a 74-62 win over Sidwell Friends (D.C.) on Friday.
Jerome Hunter, 6-7, G/F, Pickerington, Ohio, 2018: Scored a team-high 23 points to lead Pickerington North to a 67-57 win over Toledo Rogers last Thursday.
Rob Phinisee, 5-11, PG, Lafayette (McCutcheon), 2018: Played in the North Central Classic last week, delivering 38 points in a 77-67 win over Arsenal Tech on Thursday, followed by 29 points in a 67-59 win over Bedford North Lawrence on Friday to set the all-time Tippecanoe County scoring record.

Grace Berger, 6-0, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018:
Paced Sacred Heart with 16 points before fouling out late in regulation of the Valkyries’ 76-62 overtime loss at Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) last Friday. No stats available from 71-51 win over Ensworth (Tenn.) on 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: Posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 55-39 win over Southport on Tuesday.