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NUMBERS GAME
2 The Hoosiers’ win at the Breslin Center was just their second there all-time and first since 1991. It was only the 46th loss for MSU in 367 games since the building opened in 1989.
4 Michigan State’s ranking in the AP poll, making the game the highest ranking road win in Indiana history.
46 Players in Indiana history with over 1,000 career points after Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo each hit the milestone Tuesday night. Along with Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls, it marks the first time in IU history four active 1,000-point scorers have been on the same team.

RECRUIT WATCH
DEVIN DAVIS, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Warren Central), 2013: Playing in his future college hometown, Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds in a 54-48 win at Bloomington South last Saturday, including 12 points in the second half.
LUKE FISCHER, 6-11, C, Germantown, Wis., 2013: Poured in 13 of his game-high 32 points in the first quarter of a 99-45 rout of Nicolet last Friday, finishing the regular season 22-0. The Warhawks open defense of their state title tonight.
COLLIN HARTMAN, 6-6, F, Indianapolis (Cathedral), 2013: Came up with one of his best games of the year in scoring 22 points, including the 1,000th point of his career, during a 70-59 win Saturday over LaLumiere, the sixth-ranked team in the nation according to USA Today. Hartman also had 13 points in a Friday night win over Ben Davis.
STANFORD ROBINSON, 6-4, G, Fairfax, Va. (Findlay Prep, Las Vegas), 2014: Contributed 10 points and five rebounds in the Pilots’ 71-28 win over God’s Academy last Friday.
NOAH VONLEH, 6-8, F, Haverhill, Mass. (New Hampton Prep), 2013: Had a stout line of 11 points and nine rebounds in a 77-73 win over Tilton School in the semifinals of the New Hampton Invitational on Friday. Stats were not available from Saturday’s 83-42 loss to Brewster Academy and former IU recruit Ron Patterson in the finals on Saturday, but no Huskie scored more than eight points.
TROY WILLIAMS, 6-6, F, Hampton, Va. (Oak Hill Academy), 2013: The only thing better than Williams’ first career triple double last week, was his second this week. Williams had 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a 93-58 win over Quality Education Academy on Monday night. Last week, he had 16 points in an 82-43 win Friday night, then a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 103-42 win Saturday.
JAMES BLACKMON JR., 6-2, G, Fort Wayne (Bishop Luers), 2014: Scored 37 points in a 77-63 win over Warsaw last Friday, then added 33 more points in the regular-season finale Wednesday night, an 89-72 win vs. Fort Wayne South.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
Indiana’s Jordan Hulls and Cody Zeller were named Academic All-Americans Thursday, just the 10th and 11th players in IU history to receive the honor and first since Luke Recker in 1999. Other former Hoosiers so honored were Uwe Blab (1985), Randy Wittman (1982, ’83), Wayne Radford (1978), Kent Benson (1976, ’77), Steve Green (1974, ’75), John Ritter (1973), Dick Van Arsdale (1965) and Tom Van Arsdale (1965).
Zeller, who is majoring in business with a 3.44 GPA, was the lone sophomore on the first team. Hulls, a graduate student with a 3.49 GPA in athletic administration, was named to the third team. Both players were named Indiana Mr. Basketball following their senior year of high school. Indiana is the only school with two players on the squad.
“I believe Cody and Jordan represent exactly what we expect an Indiana basketball player to embody,” IU coach Tom Crean said in a press release. “I think their achievements academically are in direct proportion to the success they are having on the court. You can’t have one without the other. They are outstanding young men.”

STEALING THE SHOW
Victor Oladipo continues to climb the all-time steals list at Indiana, both for a career and single season. Despite not recording a steal against Purdue after leaving the game with an ankle injury, the junior now sits third on the single-season charts with 64 steals after five swipes at Michigan State on Tuesday. He is just one behind Quinn Buckner for second and 10 back of Isiah Thomas for first. If he maintains his current average of 2.4 steals per game, he would match Thomas’ mark of 74 steals, set in the 1980-81 season, by the end of the regular season and break it at the Big Ten Tournament.
Career-wise, Oladipo is now up to 147 steals, which ranks fifth. He is just one behind Alan Henderson for fourth and four back of Greg Graham for third. Even if Indiana makes deep runs in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournament, it is unlikely he could collect the 31 steals necessary to tie Steve Alford for second or the 33 needed to tie Dane Fife for first.

LOTS TO LEIKEM
Indiana University women’s signee Lyndsay Leikem has her Flowing Wells (Ariz.) team in the state semifinals for the first time since 2008, scoring 12 of her 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Caballeros to a 49-37 quarterfinal win Tuesday.
But it’s not the first trip to that level for Leikem, who played in back-to-back state championship games for Phoenix St. Mary’s in 2010 and 2011, winning it all the second time. According to the Tucson Citizen, Leikem transferred prior to her junior year, going to Flowing Wells, where her older twin sisters once won multiple state championships prior to college careers at Rhode Island.

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2 comments:
#1
Punjab
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 8:08 PM EDT

Blackmon’s numbers are just ridiculous. It seems every time you post a recruit watch, he’s scoring 30+ points. I realize that scoring doesn’t tell the whole story of a young man’s game, but why isn’t he being celebrated more than he is? Does he have to put up a Kobe-esque volume of shots to get those numbers? Does he not distribute or handle the ball well given his point guard listing? Is it his size? (For that matter, I seem to remember being an undersized combo guard worked out pretty well for Guyton…) Would like to know a little more about his overall game.

 
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Geoff
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 9:02 PM EDT

I never would have guessed that Alford was #2 on the all-time steals list. Looks like that ranking will be safe for a while.

 


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