Tidbits: Should Indiana be ranked?

The Hoosiers earned their second win over a ranked opponent on Saturday. Will it be enough to earn them a spot in the top 25? Plus, tidbits on Yogi Ferrell joining the 1,000-point club and Tom Crean's milestone win.

Indiana earned its second win over a ranked opponent on Saturday when it beat No. 23 Butler, 82-73, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Hoosiers also beat then-No. 22 SMU in November.

The rest of the Big Ten combined has only two wins over ranked foes. That's a crazy stat.

So, the question becomes: Does Indiana deserve to be ranked when the new top 25 polls are released on Monday? I think the Hoosiers may have a case.

They are 9-2 with the two wins over ranked opponents, including one on a neutral court. On Saturday, they did it impressive fashion, and they did it without much of a contribution from leading scorer James Blackmon Jr.

Do I think they'll be ranked? Probably not. But I do think we're getting closer to that discussion.

Ferrell joins 1,000-point club

Indiana junior Yogi Ferrell became the 48th player in Indiana history to score 1,000 career points with his 20-point effort against Butler. Ferrell scored all 20 points in the second half.

"It means a lot," Ferrell said. "Coming to Indiana, I never expected to make 1,000 points. But since I've been here, I've gotten better thanks to my coaches. To make that list, it's just a huge honor."

ETC

Saturday's win over Butler was the 300th of Tom Crean's career. ... James Blackmon Jr. finished with only five points on 2-of-12 shooting against the Bulldogs, the first time this season he hasn't scored in double figures. ... Troy Williams had 22 points and 11 rebounds with only two turnovers. ... Collin Hartman had eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. ... Indiana's freshman starters combined for eight points on 3-of-18 shooting. ... Freshman Emmitt Holt played only three minutes. ... Kellen Dunham was just 2-of-7 for five points in the second half after scoring 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting in the first half. ... Indiana outscored Butler 35-20 to close the game.

STAT OF THE GAME

Indiana outrebounded Butler 48-40 and had 15 offensive rebounds to Butler's 11.

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