(UPDATE: UN-FUN FACT: Tonight’s game in Assembly Hall was postponed because of this.)
I bought a snow blower in October. I had never owned one before. I figured that if I bought one, it wouldn’t snow all winter.
I’ve used the thing seven times, and it could easily have been nine or 10. I’m not buying a sprinkler this summer or we’ll have a drought for sure.
Now, on with the Fun Facts.
1. Indiana freshmen have 57 starts. The next-most in the Big Ten for freshmen is Purdue with 34. Then, Northwestern 27, Michigan 24, Nebraska 22, Penn State 9, Illinois 6, Michigan State 4, Iowa 0, Minnesota 0, Ohio State 0, Wisconsin 0.
2. Indiana is basketball-rich, but the Hoosiers’ three freshmen starters — Stanford Robinson, Noah Vonleh and Troy Williams — are from Maryland, Massachusetts and Virginia. Another starter, senior Will Sheehey, is from Florida.
3. Iowa’s Mike Gesell has 39 points, 18 assists and just four turnovers in his last three games, and is 7-of-11 from 3-point range in that time.
4. Indiana guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell is the Big Ten’s leading scorer. He got his nickname at a young age from his mother because the boy had a voracious appetite. Much like Yogi Bear, the cartoon character who was fond of swiping picnic baskets in Jellystone Park.
5. When Ferrell was a 10-year-old, The Hoop Scoop newsletter ranked the 4-foot-11 kid from Indianapolis as the nation’s best fourth-grade basketball player.
6. Ferrell had a game-high eight assists in the 2012 McDonald’s All-American Game. Teammate Marcus Paige of Linn-Mar High in Marion, Iowa, had seven. Paige also had seven assists Monday night in North Carolina’s 81-75 win at Florida State.
7. With a win, Iowa will have hit the 20-victory mark in February for the tenth time.
8. In last year’s Iowa-Indiana game in Bloomington the teams were a combined 3-of-27 from 3-point range.
9. If Devyn Marble scores 12 points at Indiana, he (1,544 points) and his father, Roy Marble (2,116), will move into fifth place in the all-time father-son college basketball scoring list. Currently fifth is Pete Maravich and Jaeson Maravich. Currently sixth is Pete Maravich and Josh Maravich. Pete scored 3,667 points in three seasons at LSU. Jaeson scored four points in two games as a walk-on at Alabama. Josh was an LSU walk-on who didn’t score in 16 minutes over three seasons.
10. The all-time leading pair will be the all-time leading pair for a long time. Dell Curry of Virginia Tech and son Stephen Curry of Davidson totaled 5,024 points. Stephen, now a star with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, had 2,635 of those.
11. Tom Crean’s conference record at Indiana is 37-66, but he has one more regular-season Big Ten title than Iowa has won in the last 34 years.
12. There are cities named Bloomington in Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, California, Idaho, Wisconsin, Maryland, Nebraska and Texas. Sunday, the Bloomington (Ill.) Thunder of the Southern Professional Hockey League defeated the Fayetteville (N.C.) FireAntz. 5-4 in overtime.
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