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Notebook: Johnson's road struggles, players' health, Ferrell's numbers

A look at Robert Johnson's numbers on the road vs. at home in the Big Ten, Hoosiers feeling under the weather and how Yogi Ferrell's stats compare to the top point guards in the country.

BIg Ten road games have been a challenge for Robert Johnson this season. 

The sophomore guard 'hasn't been completely healthy,' according to Indiana head coach Tom Crean in comments Crean made on Jan. 10, and Johnson was reportedlly still in a walking boot after Thursday's game. So that might be playing a role in his recent struggles. 

Johnson was not made available to the media after the game. 

In four Big Ten road games this season, Johnson is just shooting just 15 percent from the field, converting on just three of his 20 field goal attempts. He's scored a combined 10 points across those four road games. 

Comparitively, he's 3 for 11 on field goal attempts in four Big Ten home games but more than three times the scoring output with 33 total points. 

Johnson has been a regular starter for Indiana since James Blackmon Jr. sustained a season-ending knee injury before the start of Big Ten play. In his prior role as one of the first players off the bench, Johnson averaged 8.6 points per game in 20.6 minutes per game in eight home non-conference games. WIthin that same role and across five road non-conference games, he's averaged 9.2 points per game in 24.4 minutes per game. 

Since getting moved into the starting lineup at the beginning of Big Ten play, his minutes have increased to 27.1 per game. It's difficult to tell what exactly is causing his struggles on the road, but it's likely a combination of still trying to get healthy while playing more minutes than he has in the past. 

Players' Health

On his pre-game radio show, Crean said that some of his players were feeling "under the weather" but everyone was prepared to play. Indiana would end up playing 11 players total as a result. 

"I think we were under the weather, but you just play," Crean said. "I'm proud of the guys for the way that they battled."

Most notable among the 11 players who received playing time was Yogi Ferrell recording a single-game season-high of 41 minutes. His previous season-high for minutes was 38 against Nebraska on Jan. 2. 

However, Crean attributed Ferrell and other players' lengthy minutes to the foul situation rather than the players' health. Four of IU's froncourt players - Troy Williams, Collin Hartman, Thomas Bryant and Max Bielfeldt - all battled foul trouble throughout Tuesday's game. Williams finished with four fouls, while Hartman, Bryant and Bielfeldt fouled out. 

Similar to his pre-game radio show, Crean would not use health as an excuse for how the Hoosiers played against Wisconsin. 

"We haven't had great health in a long time, but we definitely had some under the weather situations," Crean said. "But we're not using that for anything other than it is what it is." 

Ferrell among elite point guards in country

Fresh off a 30-point effort at Wisconsin Tuesday, Yogi Ferrell is now averaging 17.7 points per game this season. Here's how his numbers stack up with other elite point guards from across the country: 

• Ferrell: 17.7 points per game, 5.8 assists per game, 1.3 steals per game, 48.8 field goal percentage
• Melo Trimble (Maryland): 14.5 points per game, 5.6 assists per game, 1.6 steals per game, 47.2 field goal percentage
• Kris Dunn (Providence): 16.9 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, 3.2 steals per game, 46.2 field goal percentage
• Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame): 16.6 points per game, 5.0 assists per game, 1.2 steals per game, 50.4 field goal percentage
• Tyler Ulis (Kentucky): 15.3 points per game, 6.0 assists per game, 1.4 steals per game, 41.1 field goal percentage
• Fred VanVleet (Wichita State): 12.5 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, 1.9 steals per game, 41.7 field goal percentage
All of the above players, Ferrell included, were named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list. Ferrell's production so far through 21 games shows he's among the top point guards in the country. Top Stories