News and Notes: Indiana receiving votes

Indiana received votes in both the AP and USA Today polls for the first time today. Plus, notes on James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson, and Indiana's game vs. Eastern Washington tonight.

Indiana wasn't ranked when the new college basketball polls were released today, but the Hoosiers did receive votes in both the AP and USA Today/Coaches' poll.

Indiana received six votes in the AP poll and five in the USA Today poll. For a little perspective, 25th-ranked Arkansas received 129 votes in the AP poll and 25th-ranked Providence received 47 votes in the USA Today poll. That means Indiana is ranked 38th in the AP poll and 40th in the coaches poll, according to votes.

IU-Eastern Washington

It's a step in the right direction, but things get a little bit harder for the Hoosiers (4-0) tonight. IU hosts Eastern Washington at Assembly Hall at 7:30 p.m., a team that lost to SMU by only nine points on the road. Eastern Washington is ranked 151st, according to KenPom.com, and the Hoosiers are a 12-point favorite.

Keep in mind: Lamar was ranked 348th by KenPom.com, and IU won by only 13 points on Saturday night.

Blackmon, Johnson added to watch list

Indiana freshmen James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson were added to the watch list for the Wayne Tisdale Award, which honors the nation's top freshman each year. Blackmon is averaging 22.8 points and 5.5 rebounds on 64 percent shooting from beyond the arc through four games.


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