Trending Now: IU basketball news and notes

By the numbers
Made 3-pointers in a game usually means victory for Indiana, which is 8-1 in such games this season.

5 Field goals made by Al Durham in the win over Illinois, tying a career high. He has also hit five of his last 10 3-point attempts.

13 Wins all-time for the Hoosiers in 17 games played at home on Valentine’s Day after Wednesday’s 78-68 win over Illinois.

RoJo tracker
With each passing game, IU senior guard Robert Johnson continues his climb up the all-time Indiana scoring list.

Johnson scored 11 points against Minnesota last Friday to move past Jordan Hulls for 27th, then scored 14 points against Illinois on Wednesday to surpass Ted Kitchel for 26th.

Johnson now has 1,339 career points, just eight behind Verdell Jones III for 25th and 18 behind Uwe Blab for 24th.

Supporting the women’s game
Heading into its final home game of the 2017-18 regular season, the Indiana University women’s basketball team is among the 11 Big Ten programs ranked among the top 50 in the nation in attendance.

The Hoosiers are 35th nationally with an average of 3,091 fans per game, which is eighth among conference schools behind No. 8 Michigan State (6,404), No. 9 Purdue, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 13 Maryland, No. 14 Iowa, No. 20 Nebraska and No. 26 Wisconsin.

A large crowd for Saturday’s Senior Day finale against Nebraska could boost IU even higher.

Getting buckets
Four of the nation’s top 10 active NCAA Division I scoring leaders in women’s basketball can be found in the Big Ten. That includes Indiana’s Tyra Buss, who is eighth with 2,119 career points. She is behind conference foes Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State (1st with 3,188 points and fourth in NCAA D-I history), Katelynn Flaherty of Michigan (2,657) and Tyler Scaife of Rutgers (2,129).

Recruit watch
Damezi Anderson, 6-7, F, South Bend (Riley), 2018:
Scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half of a 71-62 victory over Indianapolis Cathedral last Saturday.
Jake Forrester, 6-9, F, Harrisburg, Pa., 2018: Had four points before leaving Westtown’s 75-57 win over Shipley in the second quarter with a sprained ankle.
Jerome Hunter, 6-7, G/F, Pickerington, Ohio, 2018: Saw Pickerington North’s 16-game winning streak end despite his 31 points in a 53-52 loss to Reynoldsburg last Saturday, then had 15 points in a 48-42 loss to Dublin Jerome on Tuesday.
Rob Phinisee, 5-11, PG, Lafayette (McCutcheon), 2018: Helped the Mavericks to their sixth straight win with 20 points in a 52-51 victory at Marion last Friday.

Grace Berger, 6-0, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018:
Delivered 22 points and 15 rebounds as Sacred Heart outlasted No. 14 Mercy in overtime, 71-68.
Aleksa Gulbe, 6-3, F, Riga, Latvia, 2018: No stats available.
Chanel Wilson, 5-6, PG, Powder Springs, Ga., 2018: Had nine points as McEachern won the Region 3AAAAAAA championship with a 75-58 victory over host Hillgrove last Saturday.
Jorie Allen, 6-0, F, Bedford North Lawrence, 2019: Paced the Stars into the semistate with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists in a 57-36 win over Columbus East in the regional semifinals, then had 15 points and six rebounds in a 46-44 regional championship win over Center Grove.
Arielle Wisne, 6-5, C, Thornton, Colo., 2019: Finished with just two points, one assist and one block in a 49-45 win over Fort Collins last Friday, then had five points, seven rebounds and two blocks in a 69-35 win over Broomfield on Tuesday.


  1. Trending now? I’ll tell you what’s trending now…

    The best sporting event in the world …..formerly referred to as the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Division One Tournament(casually known as “The Big Dance”), may be begging for quality participants once denied interest.

    Joe Lunardi, tear up that bracket!

    If this is remotely true,

    the most important “trend” is that we’re now nearly a lock to play in March Madness! Yippee! Oops…Pending our nose is clean…of the Adidas green?

    1. Thanks – Interesting read with a lot of ‘more to come’. Be interesting to see the info released before the NCAA tourney. How would the NCAA handle the selections? Similar to NC issue, meaning nothing? Or just go on as normal and vacate the wins later?

  2. How about this one? Indiana in conference play is now the #1 ranked team in the B1G in defensive efficiency. More importantly, last year they were dead last. With 3 NBA draft picks.


  3. Double Down counted Crean getting drafted into the ‘No Brains Association’ of ESPN….?

    Wow…Kelvin’s Houston Cougars team with huge upset of #5 Cincinnati last night. Dude can coach. And a ‘Quad D’ occurred; a double-double for DD(Devin Davis)!…16 points, 10 boards. Attaboy Devin!

    1. Been following Devin Davis a bit this year. So happy that he his healthy and playing well. He is a tough hombre. If we had him and Juwan this year in the front court, it could have been a whole different year.

      1. Be great to see Devin get a shot to play in the NCAA tournament… Somebody mentioned “perspective” to me on another thread…Wow. Think we needed a bit more perspective before throwing some of these guys under buses? Most of the dismissals were simply unscrupulous methods to find spots during instances of over-signing. Given what Devin went through, I felt he deserved far better….Maybe Holt as well. What’s Holt up to..? Anyone know? Always thought he had a lot of potential. Again, hard to imagine how much stronger all of these guys games could have been with a mentor/teacher like Archie.

        Have you been checking in on Ambi-Stan Robinson as well(a.k.a. Headband Ambi-Stan)? Rhode Island is also likely dancing…Sounds like they may be another one of those teams you don’t want to meet in a first round.

      2. Yeah, I always liked Devin. It’s a shame how all that went down.

        I hope he is able to achieve greatness at Houston.

  4. No body plays defense in the NBA until the playoffs. The term “NBA Defense” is an oxymoron.

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