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OPENING TIP

  • The 118th season of Indiana basketball continues on Sunday when the Hoosiers continue Big Ten play by hosting Northwestern. IU is coming off a 74-70 home win over Penn State, while Northwestern won at home against Minnesota, 83-60.

 

  • Sophomore center De’Ron Davis, who started the first 15 games this season, underwent surgery this week to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg and will miss the remainder of the season. The Colorado native is fourth in the Big Ten in field goal percentage shooting 61.5%. He is averaging 9.6 points and 4.3 rebounds.

 

THE COACHES

  • Archie Miller is the 29th head coach in Indiana men’s basketball history. The 39-year old native of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, comes to IU after serving the previous six seasons as head coach at the University of Dayton, where he won Atlantic 10 Conference regular season championships in 2016 and 2017. He was Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2017. He guided the Flyers to a 139-63 record (69.8) and a 68-34 mark (66.7) in the Atlantic 10. He took Dayton to the NCAA Tournament each of the last four years, with the Flyers advancing to the Elite Eight in the 2014 Tournament. UD was nationally ranked in 3 of Miller’s 6 seasons (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16).  Miller is seeking his 150th career win on Sunday.

 

  • Chris Collins is in his fifth year of leading the Wildcat program. He is 3-4 against the Hoosiers. IU Hall of Famer and former All-American and Big Ten Player of the Year in 2000 A.J. Guyton is in his first year on the Northwestern staff as Director of Player Development. The 1997 Big Ten Freshman of the Year is 4th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 2,100 points.

 

NEWS & NOTES

  • Junior Juwan Morgan is 3rd in the league in scoring (19.4), 5th in rebounding (9.0), 8th in steals (1.6), 9th in field goal percentage (59.4%) and 10th in blocked shots (1.4) in Big Ten play. He had his 6th double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State.  He had 20 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high 4 blocks against Minnesota.  He is the most improved player in the Big Ten upping his scoring 8.3 points per game since last season overall and +12.1 points in league play.

 

  • Senior Robert Johnson had a career-high 28 points against Minnesota and added 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in 38 minutes. He had 10 points and 5 rebounds against Penn State. He is now in 36th place on the IU all-time scoring list with 1,206 points and fifth on the school’s all-time list with 200 treys.

 

  • Redshirt junior walk-on Zach McRoberts has moved into the starting lineup and his propensity to make winning plays is the reason why. Against Minnesota, he did not score, but had 7 rebounds (3 offensive), added 3 assists and had a career-high 4 steals.  It was his offensive rebound off a Morgan missed free throw and assist in the final seconds that propelled IU to a comeback win earlier this season against Notre Dame.  Tuesday against Penn State, he had 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 26 minutes.  He has not scored in any of his three starts this season.

 

  • Fifth-year senior Collin Hartman is battling a right shoulder injury which caused him to miss the Minnesota game, but he came off the bench to post 10 points and 5 rebounds in 27 minutes against the Nittany Lions. He had 18 points against Wisconsin and is averaging 10.8 points in Big Ten play.

 

  • With the Hoosiers down key contributors in Davis and Hartman, freshman Justin Smith was inserted into the starting lineup at Minnesota and came though in a big way. He scored 20 points and hit the go-ahead shot in the final minutes to lead IU to a 75-71 road win against the Gophers. Smith made 7-of-10 shots, hit both of his 3-point attempts, all four free throw attempts and added 3 rebounds in 26 minutes. His 3-pointer with 2:30 remaining gave IU a 71-70 lead. He was limited by foul trouble against Penn State.

 

  • Senior Josh Newkirk had 16 points, 4 assists and did not commit a turnover in 30 minutes against Penn State. The Hoosiers are 5-1 in his career when he scores 16 points or more in a game.

 

 

  • The Hoosiers are second in Big Ten games in steals (7.0) and turnover margin (+3.2).

 

  • IU is 6-0 this season when making 8 triples or more in a game.

 

  • IU posted its second win of the season when trailing with under 5:00 to go. UM led 67-62 with 4:53 to go. IU outscored them down the stretch 13-4 for the win.  The Hoosiers also trailed late against Notre Dame before pulling out the win.  The Hoosiers trailed the Irish, 65-57 with 2:01 remaining in the game.

 

  • When Big Ten play began in the first week of December, each team had to play two games with just one day of prep in between. IU will be the only team that will have to play 3 such games under similar circumstances with all 3 games coming on the road the final two months of the season as the league will play its conference tournament in New York a week earlier than normal.

 

One-Day Prep Games (Jan.-Feb.)

Indiana (at Ill, OSU, Rutgers)    3

Rutgers, Neb. MSU, Illinois, Maryland    2

Michigan, OSU, Minn., PSU, Purdue, Iowa    1

Wisconsin, Northwestern    0

 

  • Throughout the year, Coach Archie Miller and his staff will reward a player whose performance in practice is superior to others by presenting them with the Gold Standard Jersey. The following have had the honor this season.
  1. Devonte Green
  2. Juwan Morgan
  3. Robert Johnson
  4. Josh Newkirk
  5. Collin Hartman
  6. Devonte Green

 

  • Graduate forward Collin Hartman is back for a fifth year after sitting out last year with knee surgery. Hartman started 24 games for the eventual Big Ten champions in 2016, averaging 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.  He had a career-high 18 points at Wisconsin and added 10 points and 5 boards against Penn State. He had 11 points in 16 minutes against Duke and had a career-high 12 rebounds against Fort Wayne.  He followed that up with a season-high 13 points against Iowa.

 

  • Senior guard Robert Johnson has been a starter for 104 of the 115 games he has been healthy to play since joining the team in 2014-15. The newest member of IU’s 1,000-point club is averaging 13.4 points per game after he notched a career-high 28 points at Minnesota. He had 14 points and 5 assists against Wisconsin.  He is averaging 17.3 points in his last 3 games.

 

  • Senior guard Josh Newkirk has started 49 career games. He had a season-high 20-point, 6 assist effort against Tennessee Tech. He had 17 points against Eastern Michigan, hitting on 5 of 6 3-pointers.

 

  • Junior forward Juwan Morgan is arguably one of the most improved players in the Big Ten. He has 6 double-doubles, the latest coming in a 21-point, 11 rebound effort against PSU, following a 20-point, 12-board performance at Minnesota. He is averaging 18.7 points and 8.9 rebounds in his last 10 games.

  • Sophomore forward De’Ron Davis is third on the team averaging 9.6 points and is second at 4.3 rebounds and is out for the season after having surgery on his right achilles.

 

  • Sophomore guard Devonte Green is averaging a team-high 7.7 points when coming off the bench. He had 13 points against Penn State and made 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win for IU. He also made 2 free throws in the final seconds to help IU beat Notre Dame.

 

  • Redshirt junior Zach McRoberts has moved into the starting lineup and is averaging 2.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in the last 10 games. He had an IU career-high with 9 points against Fort Wayne and followed that up with 8 points against Tennessee Tech.

 

  • Freshman forward Justin Smith is averaging 4.7 points and averages 2.8 rebounds per game. He had 20 points against Minnesota and made the go-ahead basket with 2:30 left in the game. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds earlier this season against Howard.

 

  • Freshman guard Aljami Durham is averaging 5.2points and 22.1 minutes per game. He had 9 points, 5 boards and 4 assists against South Florida.

 

  • Senior Freddie McSwain, Jr. tied a career-high with 10 points against Tennessee Tech. He had 10 points with 9 rebounds against Eastern Michigan and 7 points against YSU.  He had 5 points and 8 boards at Minnesota.