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By the numbers
More points per game scored by Juwan Morgan in Big Ten play this year compared to a season ago, the most improved scorer in the Big Ten.
24 Games played at Madison Square Garden by IU. The Hoosiers are 13-11 in the building all-time and last played there in 2014 against Georgetown, an overtime loss.
50 Percent 3-point shooting by Robert Johnson during the month of February. Johnson was 21-of-42 from deep after going just 19-of-54 (35.2 percent) in January.

RoJo tracker
Senior guard Robert Johnson enters the Big Ten Tournament as Indiana’s most experienced player in the event, having played and started four such games in his career while averaging 9.3 points per game.

He is coming off an honorable mention All-Big Ten campaign, where he averaged 16.3 points per game in the month of February and elevated himself into 21st place on Indiana’s all-time scoring list with 1,401 points, just 26 behind Ray Tolbert for 20th place.

Johnson remains fourth on the school’s all-time list with 236 made 3s, 18 behind Jordan Hulls for third place.

Recruit watch
Damezi Anderson, 6-7, F, South Bend (Riley), 2018:
Scored 22 points in a 65-49 win over John Glenn last Friday to cap off an unbeaten regular season, the first for a South Bend team since 1979. Plays Penn in the Mishawaka Sectional semifinals Friday.
Jake Forrester, 6-9, F, Harrisburg, Pa., 2018: Season ended with four points, seven rebounds and five blocks in Westtown’s 51-47 loss to the Hill School in the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association semifinals. Forrester’s team was without Duke signee Cam Reddish (flu).
Jerome Hunter, 6-7, G/F, Pickerington, Ohio, 2018: Had 10 points in a 59-32 win over St. Charles in an OHSAA Division I sectional semifinal last Saturday. Pickerington North plays for the sectional title against Pickerington West on Friday.
Rob Phinisee, 5-11, PG, Lafayette (McCutcheon), 2018: Finished the regular season with 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in an 81-47 win over Lake Central last Friday. Plays host Lafayette Jeff in the sectional semifinals this Friday.

Grace Berger, 6-0, G, Louisville, Ky., 2018:
Recorded a triple-double of 10 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in Sacred Heart’s 70-16 win over Waggener in the 27th District Tournament final last Friday, then had 18 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists in an 88-39 win over Central on Monday in the quarterfinals of the Seventh Region Tournament. Plays Male in the semifinals Thursday.
Aleksa Gulbe, 6-3, F, Riga, Latvia, 2018: No stats available.
Chanel Wilson, 5-6, PG, Powder Springs, Ga., 2018: Was injured in McEachern’s second-round state tournament game last week and status is up in the air for this weekend’s quarterfinal game against Norcross.
Jorie Allen, 6-0, F, Bedford North Lawrence, 2019: Named to the Supreme 15 Junior All-State squad on Wednesday and was named a core Junior All-Star earlier this week.
Arielle Wisne, 6-5, C, Thornton, Colo., 2019: Opened state tournament play with four points, four rebounds and two blocks in a 65-43 win over Rocky Mountain last Friday, then had five points, four rebounds and one block in a 56-35 win over Arapahoe on Tuesday. Plays Regis Jesuit in the state quarterfinals on Friday.


  1. For the true IU womens basketball fans the following article about Grace Berger will be interesting. It is a detailed report on why Grace ended up choosing IU over a host top notch programs such as Ky. Louis. Missouri, and almost every B1G school. BTW the game in which is referred to in the article that was played at Jeffersonville , jeff lost to sacred heart 64-55 even though Jeff ended up 20-6 this year.

    1. Did I mention …it’s a tough crowd, tough crowd?

      Ferris Mueller got nothin’? Did anyone at HT get a chuckle? You can tell me…, it’s o.k.. Is it now your screen saver? Tough crowd…tough crowd.

  2. So much irony….these days. Remember how we used to ridicule playing soft non-conference opponents the likes of Lipscomb? Where are we? Home. Where is Lipscomb? In their first NCAA tournament appearance.
    Watching Notre Dame pull off a great come-from-behind win against Virginia Tech….It looked like their bubble was ready to burst..They were down by 20 points and looked dead to rights…ESPN cut to a graphic during what appeared to be a heartless ND team while pointing out their “bad losses.” And guess who was on the “bad loss” list? Yup…Indiana.

    Did we not tie for 6th with Penn State? Are we not in a 14 team expanded conference? Maybe Tom Crean was our “bad loss”…? Soon as he left, we’re suddenly chopped liver in a chopped liver conference. Anyone losing to us should be ashamed….And then there’s Tom Crean sitting at the ESPN table of basketball brainiacs diving into bracketology with Joe Lunardi…dissecting the games..and the tournament…and the “bubble” or the “bubble bursting” teams.

    These morons put us on the Island of Misfit Teams…It’s almost as if it was in their diabolical plans from the beginning…Everything hinges on Lipscomb….and we go on another spring vacation with no hoops.

    Thanks Fred.

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