5: Number of IU players averaging in double figures this season.
23: Number of points Christian Watford is behind Jimmy Rayl for 20th on Indiana’s career scoring list.
38.5: Average margin of victory for Indiana at Assembly Hall this season.
Luke Fischer, 7-0, C, Germantown, Wis., 2013: Scored just 15 points in limited minutes due to foul trouble in a 107-65 romp over Whitefish Bay Friday night, but followed up with a tip-in at the buzzer to cap a 22-point performance and lift Germantown to a 66-64 victory over Brookfield Central on Saturday.
Troy Williams, 6-6, F, Hampton, Va. (Oak Hill Academy), 2013: Led unbeaten Oak Hill with 16 points in an overwhelming 72-39 win over Cliff Alexander’s Chicago Curie squad Friday at the Marshall County Hoopfest. Added nine points, four assists and two rebounds while battling foul trouble in an 89-73 win over Memphis Southwind Saturday. Finished the week with 14 points and nine rebounds Tuesday in a win over Flora McDonald Academy.
Stanford Robinson, 6-3, G, Fairfax, Va. (Findlay Prep, Las Vegas), 2013: Delivered 15 points, five steals and four rebounds in a 118-55 waxing of Walnut Grove (British Columbia) in the first game of the Tsumura Basketball Invitational Saturday, then had 19 points in Sunday’s 108-40 win over White Rock Christian Academy.
Noah Vonleh, 6-8, F, Haverhill, Mass. (New Hampton Prep), 2013: Opened the season with nine points and 15 rebounds in an 83-80 loss to St. Thomas More last Wednesday night, then had 15 points and 16 rebounds in a 66-62 overtime win against Kimball Union Academy on Friday. He finished the opening week with 14 points and 15 rebounds in a win Wednesday over Brewster Academy and former IU signee Ron Patterson.
Devin Davis, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Warren Central), 2013: Produced a double-double with 30 points and 15 rebounds last Friday in a 61-60 season-opening win over Class 4A No. 1 Cathedral, which was playing without IU commit Collin Hartman (concussion). Davis added 17 points in a 61-55 win at Franklin Central on Saturday.
James Blackmon Jr., 6-2, G, Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers), 2014: Started the season showing no ill effects of the ACL injury that ended his sophomore campaign, delivering 38 points in a head-to-head duel with Notre Dame-bound Demetrius Jackson, who poured in 39 to lead Mishawaka Marian over Blackmon and Luers, 79-74.
THE BATTLE FOR NO. 1
Indiana has been ranked No. 1 since the preseason, a total of five weeks so far, which matches the total number of weeks the Hoosiers spent at No. 1 during the 1990’s. But IU’s advantage has been shrinking over the last couple of weeks, as Duke surged up the rankings after a series of impressive wins that included victories over then-No. 2 Louisville and then-No. 4 Ohio State. The Hoosier advantage in first-place votes was 47-18 over the Blue Devils in week 4 of the Associated Press poll and 27-4 in the coaches’ poll. Duke gained two votes in each poll this week and ranks second all-time in appearances at No. 1 in the AP poll with 122. Indiana is sixth with 49 No. 1 rankings since the inception of the AP poll in 1949.
2013 IU women’s basketball recruit Larryn Brooks enjoyed a big game with 35 points in a 62-57 win for Madison Central (Ky.) over Bryan Station last Friday. The 5-foot-5 guard went 11-of-14 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3, and 11-of-11 from the free throw line along with eight steals, five assists and two rebounds.
IU signee Collin Hartman tweeted earlier this week that he had passed the impact test for his concussion, setting him up to make his season debut Friday night when the Irish host Indianapolis Tech and former IU commit Trey Lyles.