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NUMBERS GAME
3 Number of records set by Indiana in Wednesday’s game at Purdue. The Hoosiers set new marks for most points ever scored by IU at Purdue, largest IU margin of victory in West Lafayette and largest margin of victory by any opponent in Mackey Arena history.
7 Consecutive wins by the Hoosiers against ranked opponents at Assembly Hall.
9 IU’s rank nationally in field goal percentage defense, making the Hoosiers the only team in the country in the top 10 in scoring offense and field goal percentage defense.
21 Assists for Indiana against Purdue, the most since the Hoosiers dished out 23 against Penn State on March 3, 2007.

RECRUIT WATCH
Devin Davis, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Warren Central), 2013: Posted 11 points in Warren Central’s 69-62 loss at Class 4A No. 9 Indianapolis North Central Friday night.
Luke Fischer, 6-11, C, Germantown, Wis., 2013: Scored 26 points in a 75-51 win over Grafton last Friday night, then followed up with 25 points and 11 rebounds against Whitefish Bay Dominican, which included 6-9 sophomore standout Diamond Stone and 6-3 Marquette recruit Duane Wilson Jr.
Collin Hartman, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Cathedral), 2013: Delivered 19 points and seven rebounds in the Class 4A No. 15 Irish’s 70-61 win over visiting Franklin Central on Saturday, then has just five points in a 64-40 win over Chatard on Tuesday night. Was also named to the City All-Tournament team this week.
NOAH VONLEH, 6-8, F, Haverhill, Mass. (New Hampton Prep), 2013: Provided 13 points, five rebounds and thre blocks Thursday night in a 68-64 victory over South Kent. No stats available from last Friday’s loss to Northfield Mount Hermon.
TROY WILLIAMS, 6-6, F, Hampton, Va. (Oak Hill Academy), 2013: Contributed 12 points and five blocked shots as the Warriors cruised to an 83-30 win over Faith Baptist Christian Academy (Ga.) on Saturday night and had seven points in a 54-53 triple overtime loss to Montrose Christian in the Big Atlantic Classic Wednesday.
James Blackmon Jr., 6-2, G, Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers), 2014: Made a strong showing in a pair of losses, scoring 27 points in an 85-76 loss to Fort Wayne North on Friday, then came up with 41 points and nine rebounds in a 94-78 loss to Bowman Academy on Saturday.

ALL ALONG THE WATCH LIST
Indiana sophomore center Cody Zeller and junior guard Victor Oladipo are two of 12 players on the midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given annually to the national player of the year by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Other Big Ten nominees are Trey Burke of Michigan and Deshaun Thomas (Fort Wayne Luers) of Ohio State.
Also, IU freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell is one of 12 players on the watch list for the USBWA’s Wayman Tisdale Memorial Trophy for national freshman of the year. Michigan’s Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are also on the list.

ANOTHER WALK-ON
Already having added IPFW transfer Jonny Marlin as a walk-on before the season started, picking up Manhattan transfer Paul Bayt during the semester break and gaining a commitment from preferred walk-on Andrew Calomeris of Potomac, Md., last week, Indiana gained another walk-on this week.
Joe Fagan, a 6-foot-4 guard from Indianapolis Chatard, committed to the Hoosiers as a preferred walk-on for the class of 2013 according to the Indianapolis Star. Fagan is averaging 14.1 points and 7.0 rebounds for the Trojans but has only played eight games this season because of a separated shoulder.

WORTH WATCHING
Indianapolis Tech will host the second annual Indiana Scholastic Play-by-Play Classic on Saturday. It is a four-game event starting at 3 p.m.
First up will be Fort Wayne Luers and IU 2014 commit James Blackmon Jr. and younger brother Vijay Blackmon (2016 IU offer) against East Chicago Central and Indiana target Hyron Edwards (2015).
The second game at 4:45 pits Lake Central against Indianapolis Cathedral and IU signee Collin Hartman as well as Hoosier target Jalen Coleman (2015).
At 6:30, Conference Indiana leader Indianapolis Pike takes on Fort Wayne Northrop and Purdue recruit Bryson Scott.
The finale at 8 o’clock features host Tech and former IU commit Trey Lyles against future Hoosier Devin Davis.

WOMEN’S UPDATE
IU recruit Alexis Gassion and her Fairborn (Ohio) squad has won 10 straight games. Gassion is averaging a conference-leading 20 points per game, but in a recent outing was held to just eight points. So instead of scoring she handed out a suspected school-record 18 assists and grabbed 12 rebounds for good measure.
Gassion’s future Hoosier teammate, Karlee McBride of Villa Maria (Pa.), has hit a bump in the road of her senior season. She is out indefinitely after suffering a knee injury last week.

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6 comments:

  • Punjab #1


    Friday, February 1, 2013 - 1:44 AM EDT

    Just read that Gary Harris missed most of the second half against Illinois with back spasms. It’s still way too early to speculate on his future, but might MSU have another Bracey Wright on their hands?

  • bart295 #2


    Friday, February 1, 2013 - 7:49 AM EDT

    Luke Fischer is a beast….seems like the injury bug is starting to hit the B1G …hope we are through with our injuries for the year!

  • Chet #3


    Friday, February 1, 2013 - 8:32 AM EDT

    I hope it’s nothing more than a soft tissue injury. Even those can be excruciating when it’s your back. Anyone that’s ever had a lumbar strain can appreciate that.

  • General Miles #4


    Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:10 AM EDT

  • Larry #5


    Friday, February 1, 2013 - 2:52 PM EDT

    Counting down the hours till the game of the year…that be #1 Michigan at #3 Indiana!!! Wow, we have the wings ready for preparation tomorrow.

  • Mass Hoosier #6


    Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 1:42 AM EDT

    Is Fischer for real? It seems he has been putting up some numbers. Blackmon can fill it up.

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