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By the numbers
Win for IU in the past seven meetings with Michigan State, which visits Bloomington Saturday. The Spartans’ six wins have come by an average of 15.2 points per game.
1.9 Steals per game during Big Ten play for Zach McRoberts, which is tied for first in the conference with Wisconsin’s Ethan Happ.
57 Days between made 3-pointers for freshman Al Durham, who hit one 3 at Ohio State on Tuesday, his first since Dec. 4 against Iowa.

RoJo tracker
IU senior guard Robert Johnson has moved up two more spots on the all-time Indiana scoring list in the past week and is currently No. 29 with 1,287 points.

Johnson passed both Steve Green and Joby Wright with his outstanding 21-point effort against Purdue but gained little ground on 28th-place Tom Bolyard (1,299) with just two points at Ohio State.

Next up after Bolyard is Jordan Hulls (1,318), who is also one spot ahead of Johnson (215) on the all-time made 3-pointers list with 254.

Derby Festival Classic stabled for 2018
The annual all-star game known for bringing recruits from the nation’s top college basketball programs to play in Louisville every spring will not be on the Kentucky Derby Festival’s schedule in 2018. Festival officials have decided to reevaluate the annual Basketball Classic after declining attendance and increasing financial loss.

First held in 1973, the Derby Festival Basketball Classic is the oldest high school all-star game in the country. In the event’s heyday, game attendance broke records with more than 18,000 fans packing Freedom Hall to see college basketball’s newest class of recruits. However in the last few years, the game has struggled to get more than 5,000 fans through the door.

Organizers plan to reevaluate the historic basketball event to see if adjustments can be made to enhance its viability and add it back into the schedule in the future. The game also took a hiatus from the Festival schedule in 1983, facing similar challenges.

IU recruits have been a staple of the event, dating back to Isiah Thomas and more recently the likes of Victor Oladipo, Troy Williams and Thomas Bryant, including current Hoosier freshmen Justin Smith and Al Durham.

Recruit watch
Damezi Anderson, 6-7, F, South Bend (Riley), 2018:
Finished with 19 points in a 100-46 win over South Bend Clay last Friday.
Jake Forrester, 6-9, F, Harrisburg, Pa., 2018: Got started with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds in a 76-39 win over Friends Central last Frdiay, then had 16 points in an 84-82 overtime loss to Massanutten Military Academy Sunday.
Jerome Hunter, 6-7, G/F, Pickerington, Ohio, 2018: Produced 15 points in an 81-57 win over Gahanna last Friday and followed it up with 17 points, nine rebounds and two steals in a 67-58 win over Shaker Heights on Sunday.
Rob Phinisee, 5-11, PG, Lafayette (McCutcheon), 2018: Scored 27 points, including 14-of-14 free throws, and grabbed seven rebounds in a 64-52 win over Anderson last Friday.

Grace Berger, 6-0, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018:
Named to the All-Louisville Invitational Tournament team after scoring 23 points in Sacred Heart’s 83-48 championship game win over Mercer County last Saturday.
Aleksa Gulbe, 6-3, F, Riga, Latvia, 2018: No stats available.
Chanel Wilson, 5-6, PG, Powder Springs, Ga., 2018: Scored 10 points in a 52-48 victory over North Cobb last Saturday. Also had five points in a 62-29 win over Kennesaw Mountain on Tuesday.
Jorie Allen, 6-0, F, Bedford North Lawrence, 2019: Opened sectional play with 21 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals in a 47-39 win over North Harrison on Wednesday.
Arielle Wisne, 6-5, C, Thornton, Colo., 2019: Just missed a triple-double with nine points, nine blocks and eight rebounds in a 79-44 win over Mountain Range on Tuesday. That came after four points, six rebounds and three blocks in a 58-26 win over Legacy last Friday.

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