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NUMBERS GAME
2: Despite being ranked No. 1 in both polls, Indiana comes in at No. 2 in the Sagarin ratings behind Duke, primarily due to the Blue Devils’ second-ranked schedule and 5-0 record vs. top 25 teams. IU has the 220th-ranked schedule and is 1-0 against the top 25.
4: Number of made 3-pointers necessary for Jordan Hulls to pass Tom Coverdale and move into second on the all-time IU list.
6: On the heels of holding UNC to 59 points Tuesday, Indiana improved to the sixth-best team in the nation in defensive efficiency according to kenpom.com. The Hoosiers ranked 64th last season.
64: Through seven games, no team has scored more than 64 points against IU in regulation this season.

RECRUIT WATCH
Luke Fischer, 7-0, C, Germantown, Wis., 2013: Scored 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting, including a 3-pointer, and blocked seven shots in a season-opening win Tuesday. Was also named first team all-state in volleyball earlier this month.
Troy Williams, 6-6, F, Hampton, Va. (Oak Hill Academy), 2013: Posted 11 points and eight rebounds as Warriors improved to 8-0 with win over Thomasville (N.C.) Prep on Tuesday.
Stanford Robinson, 6-3, G, Fairfax, Va. (Findlay Prep, Las Vegas), 2013: Contributed eight points and eight assists in a 103-80 win over ABCD Academy Wednesday, improving the Pilots to 9-0.

HIT BY A BUSS
Tyra Buss, a 2014 guard who verbally committed to the IU women’s basketball team last week, made headlines over the weekend when she scored 51 points to lead Mt. Carmel (Ill.) to a 60-56 win over Marshall (Ill.) in the championship game of the Robinson Thanksgiving Tournament. Buss, who scored 40 points in just three quarters during an easy semifinal win earlier in the day, shot 14-of-17 from the field with six 3-pointers and 17 made free throws. She also had seven steals, four rebounds, a block and an assist, but finished two points shy of her career high (53).
The performance also made Buss the all-time leading scorer, boys or girls, in Mt. Carmel High School history with 2,356 points. Appropriately, she surpassed former IU All-American and two-time Big Ten MVP Archie Dees (2,337 points).

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@DickieV: Oh baby they had so much to cheer about in Hoosier Country !PLAYED LIKE A LEGIT # 1
@GaryParrishCBS: Can you really blame John Calipari for not wanting anything more to do with Assembly Hall.
@YogiFerrell11: Great win tonight!!! That was a statement game #iubb

WORTH WATCHING
Future IU teammates Collin Hartman and Devin Davis square off when Cathedral visits Warren Central in the season opener for both schools Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

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41 comments:

  • David Wegener says:

    Boys volleyball?

  • Ron says:

    He would probably enjoy girls volleyball, but it would be hard at 7′ to be one of the girls.

    If I remember right, Wilt “the stilt” Chamberlan really got into beach volleyball

  • iuhoosier1992 says:

    There are many states that offer men’s volleyball for high school. I grew up in the Ft. Wayne area and there were schools in that area that had boy’s volleyball in high school because of the IPFW influence. The IHSAA doesn’t recognize it as a varsity sport due to the fact that not enough schools have varsity programs. The same goes for high school hockey. However, hockey does have the Indiana High School Hockey Association, which the Bloomington Blades are defending champs in their division. Actually, a couple of colleges in Indiana have a huge reputation as being pretty good at men’s volleyball, IPFW and Ball St. I believe both of those schools have been ranked on a regular basis over the years. If you watch men’s volleyball in the Olympics, those guys hit it a ton.

  • ILLHustle says:

    Jenn Anderson is a beast she will make the 2013 class a one to remember. Miller has done a great job with the girls who are more talented then he will let us believe.

    The recruit to get excited about is Lyndsay Leikem. Leikem is a proven commodity who played on one of the elite club teams in the country against the best of the best. She had many BCS offers from every major conference and Miller pulled off a real steal.

    Miller has gotten 2 solid 2014s although dont get wrapped up in the over hyped Buss who plays in a small environment.

  • Laffy says:

    I went to New Haven, right by Fort Wayne, and we had a guy’s volleyball team.

  • Chet says:

    They have high school girl’s volleyball in NC but not boys. My 6′ daughter, with hurdlers/high jumper’s hops, was a beast and traveled with club volleyball, etc., but the girls on the coasts are just much better. Most west coast and, I think, Florida colleges have men’s volleyball. My daughter’s travel team coach played at USC, so he said. Great game. She still plays on an intramural women’s and a coed team in college (I don’t know where she finds time).

    As for Luke that’s got to be great for agility and hand/eye speed and control. Volleyballs generally travel much faster than basketballs. Getting off the floor faster. I thinks it’s all good.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    There are no finer developed gluteus maximus muscles than those found pushing upon the tight elastic short shorts of a female volleyball player.

    Please never bring those down-to-the-knees b-ball baggies into women’s volleyball. Alford shorts once drooled upon by 4guards have found the appropriate game.

  • tbird086 says:

    Well first off Sagarin can rate it how it comes out to be i respect Sagarin but we didnt put the number in front of us. To the power rankings of the two hundred and twenty have not even got to the big ten yet. I can not believe it will be that high once the big ten starts to many big ten at the top of the rankings. It will be all at war once it begins. Go Hoosiers!!!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    I’m taking Kentucky over ND.

    I’m picking the One-and-Done’s over the Home-and-Domes.

    I’m thinking it will be tight…Could go OT..Games in South Bend always seem to go into OT.

  • Chet says:

    Anyone who hasn’t attended a women’s college volleyball game has only themselves to blame. Remember Linda Carter in Wonder Woman? There you go.

    Oh…it’s an exciting sport, too.

  • 47250HoosiersFan says:

    wow it looks like coach Miller has got a superstar in Buss. those stats she puts up are unreal!

  • Podunker says:

    Has Luke Fischer grown two inches in the last year, or was that a typo? I thought he was 6’10”. Regardless, if he can play volleyball, he can probably jump a bit and has good hand-eye coordination. In California, some of the best athletes play men’s volleyball. It’s huge out there.

  • Jeremy Price says:

    Podunker,
    I’ve seen Fischer listed at 6-10, 6-11 and 7-foot, which was what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel used in the game story this week — good enough for me. IU is scheduled to release signing day info Friday, so I’ll officially go with whatever they list henceforth.

  • Aruss says:

    I like this new feature but I miss the Sage posts.

  • Geoff says:

    Yes Jeremy! I’m a fan too… This is a keeper.

  • NWHoosier says:

    Here’s something to consider for a numbers game: Crean’s overall record at IU was 20 games under 0.500 entering this season. Barring misfortune, looks like he’ll have an overall winning record at IU by the end of the season. Not bad considering his dismal record over the first three years, courtesy of lack of talent and experience.

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    …and don’t forget, Kelvin Sanctions…

  • Hoosier Clarion says:

    I am not a VB expert but it definitely creates a great environment to develop and practice timing.

    Laffy, I was in New Haven yesterday. Know it well.

    I am only guessing that Coach Miller and Coach Crean use the same brand of energy vitamins or share some of the same genes. Both exude perpetual motion.

  • Mike C says:

    Jeremy, this new feature is great! It’s always cool to see how the recruits (Men & Women) are doing each week. I hope this becomes a weekly thing? Your efforts in this aspect are much appreciated! One other thing, ILLHustle is a little bit taken by the women’s team. Almost every team they have played has been more talented than them. I have personally seen this team play four times this year and this team is talent challenged. The reason they are winning is because coach Miller has these girls buying into his system, strong defense and great team play! When he gets his recruits in here, we are really going to see something! Coach Miller is the real deal!!

  • Podunker says:

    Jeremy, thanks, I look forward to seeing his height listed in Friday’s signing day information. It would be a bonus if Mr. Fischer has grown a couple inches in the last two years. Two inches in height, when you’re playing in the post, can be significant, especially if the kid can jump a bit.

  • Jeremy Price says:

    Looks like we’ll both have to wait. Signing day info/press conference postponed until next week.

  • Southport65 says:

    IU won against 2 ranked teams Georgetown #20 and NC #14 in this weeks rankings.

  • Læffy says:

    Southpork, great find, man! While you’re at it go back and count one more win against ranked teams last year, because look, look: Illinois is ranked and we beat them then. Coach Cream is so awesome!

    He is so awesome that last year we beat the #16 ranked team twice and it wasn’t even the same team!

    He is so awesome in his last Subway commercial he only said: “Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.”

    Long live Coach Cream Cheese and the Indiana Strudels!

  • Laffy says:

    Who is the above person?

  • Southfork says:

    Your Swedish cousin?

    Say: Jag vill äta en burk brysselkål just nu.

    It’s a traditional greeting over there. Make some friends…

    Apparently Subway just extended Crean’s contract to 2023.

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