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THowenstine on the premium forum writes: Assuming that all BIG 10 players that have not hired an agent stay in college, and looking at the in-coming freshman, how would you rank the top 5 teams in the BIG 10 next year?
Starting off with a bang in this mailbag. I think the top three teams right now, in no particular order, are Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Spartans lost a ton of pieces, but are adding the Big Ten’s best recruiting class and the league’s best coach, Tom Izzo, is still at the helm. Given your caveat, I’m assuming Nigel Hayes is back in Madison and if he is, the Badgers will have everyone of note back from a Sweet 16 team that improved as the season moved along. Indiana’s roster, that will be headlined by Thomas Bryant, is well known around these parts.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2015-2016 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Collin Hartman.
Hartman (35 games): 5.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 55.2% eFG, 84.2% FT, 35.8 3PFG% in 21.9 minutes per game.
A look at the numbers reveals Collin Hartman’s junior campaign mirrored his breakout sophomore season in many ways.
Hartman averaged an identical amount of rebounds (3.1) and was close in minutes (19.7 vs 21.9), points (4.8 vs 5.0), possessions used (12.0 percent vs 12.8 percent) and conference-only offensive rating (115.3 vs 115.6). Hartman also made the same amount of 3-point buckets in each season (29). But the big difference in those shots from distance? It took the Cathedral product an extra 20 attempts to hit that 29 mark this season. Which means he fell from a highly efficient and best 3-point shooter on the team a season ago (47.5 percent) to a mere average one in 2015-2016 (35.8 percent).
Some of Hartman’s misses late in the season could be attributed to the right wrist fracture he sustained against Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament. Despite the fracture — which he’ll have surgery on this offseason — Hartman still played in all three of Indiana’s NCAA Tournament games. But it was clear the injury affected his follow through.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Just how healthy Indiana is when it tips off the 2016 NCAA tournament on Thursday night at Wells Fargo Arena may play a significant factor in how far the Hoosiers can advance in the East region.
Three IU players – Robert Johnson, Juwan Morgan and Collin Hartman – continue to rehab from injuries, but each player expects to be available when the Hoosiers take the floor against Chattanoooga.
Johnson, who hasn’t played since Indiana’s win over Purdue on Feb. 20, said his injury was officially diagnosed as a high ankle sprain and a bone bruise to his left foot. Indiana considered playing Johnson, who is averaging 8.2 points per game and is shooting 43.6 percent on 3-pointers, against Michigan in the Big Ten tournament.
Per IU media relations, here are quotes from Indiana coach Tom Crean, senior Yogi Ferrell and junior Collin Hartman in advance of Tuesday’s game at Iowa. The trio all address IU clinching a share of the Big Ten title, the matchup with the Hawkeyes and more:
“Fran (Mccaffery), his staff and his players have done as good a job as anyone in the country this season and we are well aware of their abilities.
On this week:
“We are excited. The trick is, everybody knows what is at stake and nobody is really talking about it. There is no difference in our level of work, it is as high as it has been. It’s not higher and it’s not lower. Our sense of urgency has been really high. I would be more concerned if we were really turned up right now or if we were a little flatlined. We are neither. We are on pace. Now, what will that bring us? Let’s go find out.