1 The winning streak for Minnesota at Assembly Hall. The Gophers were the only team to win in Bloomington last season. IU is 10-0 at home this season.
2 Jersey number of Christian Watford, who is the Big Ten’s active scoring leader with 1,498 career points and leads the league in in free-throw shooting at 89.2 percent.
13 Consecutive games in double figures for Victor Oladipo, who leads the Big Ten in steals and field-goal percentage.
23 Margin of victory against Penn State, which marked the largest in a Big Ten road game since Jan. 23, 2002, an 85-51 win also at Penn State.
Devin Davis, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Warren Central), 2013: Scored 17 points in a 75-48 win over Beech Grove to open the Marion County Tournament Tuesday but was held to five points and eight rebounds in 43-42 quarterfinal win over Ben Davis.
Luke Fischer, 6-11, C, Germantown, Wis., 2013: It’s been quite a holiday break for the big man, who had 20 points and 20 rebounds in one game with 30 points in the other at the WBY Shootout. After taking in IU’s game at Iowa on New Year’s Eve, Fischer poured in a team-high 28 points to keep his squad unbeaten with a 76-69 win over Nicolet last Friday.
Collin Hartman, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Cathedral), 2013: Playing Wednesday for the first time since surgery for a broken left wrist, the senior had a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds in a 60-54 loss to Carmel.
Stanford Robinson, 6-4, G, Fairfax, Va. (Findlay Prep, Las Vegas), 2013: Scored 10 points in a comfortable 76-51 win vs. Redemption Christian last Saturday, then posted 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five rebounds in a 65-45 win over Bishop Gorman Monday.
James Blackmon Jr., 6-2, G, Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers), 2014: Continues to lead the state in scoring after a mere 28 points and eight rebounds in a win over Fort Wayne Dwenger last Friday, followed by a 44-point outing in an overtime win at Muncie South Saturday.
Twitter erupted with news of the 2013-14 IU basketball season Wednesday night when a Hoosier fan asked the incoming recruits what number they planned to wear next year.
Stanford Robinson weighed in first with No. 22, followed by Troy Williams staking a claim to No. 5. Luke Fischer tweeted that he was “calling 44,” and Devin Davis said No. 15, though as one astute fan noted, he might have to negotiate with Raphael Smith, the current bearer of that number.
DEFENSE FROM DEEP
Indiana is defending the 3-point arc at an improved rate this season, allowing opponents to shoot just 29.7 percent (94-of-316). The numbers are even better through the first two Big Ten games, just 22.9 percent (8-of-35), best in the league.
By comparison, opponents shot 34.9 percent from 3 a year ago against the Hoosiers.
A pair of IU women’s basketball signees have scored their 1,000th career point this season. First was Karlee McBride, who became the second member of her family to score 1,000 career points at Villa Maria (Pa.). McBride poured in 23 points in the season-opener in early December to reach exactly 1,000. Her older sister, Kayla — now a standout at Notre Dame — is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,727. Karlee McBride is only the 10th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
Alexis Gassion followed suit for Fairborn (Ohio) on Dec. 27, scoring 19 points in a 53-37 loss to Philadelphia Archbishop Ryan to crest the 1,000-point plateau. Gassion was presented a game ball honoring her achievement at Wednesday night’s home game against Lebanon. Gassion had 13 points and eight rebounds in the 51-27 victory.
The Marion County Tournament semifinals take place at Southport Friday night. The opener pits Pike against Purdue recruit Basil Smotherman and Lawrence North at 6, while IU recruit Devin Davis and Warren Central takes on Park Tudor and 2014 Indiana recruiting target Trevon Bluiett at 7:30 p.m. If Warren Central wins, it will host the final Saturday night at 7. If Park Tudor wins, the Pike-Lawrence North winner will host.
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