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James Blackmon Jr. to undergo knee surgery, likely out for the season

Indiana sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. will undergo surgery on his right knee, the program announced today. Indiana did not release specifics of the injury, but did say that he is not expected to play again this season.

Blackmon Jr. missed significant time this offseason after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

He averaged 15.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game as a freshman and explored his NBA options this past spring before opting to return for his sophomore season.

As a sophomore at Bishop Luers High School, Blackmon Jr. suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.

The full release from Indiana is available after the jump.


James Blackmon Jr. still being evaluated, will travel to Nebraska

Sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr., who missed Indiana’s Big Ten opener on Wednesday at Rutgers, is “continuing to be evaluated” according to a release this afternoon from IU athletics.

Blackmon Jr., currently second on IU’s team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, will travel to Lincoln for Saturday’s game with Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Marion product suffered a non-contact injury to his right knee in Monday’s practice. The Hoosiers and Cornhuskers will tip-off Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. ET on BTN.

Update: Blackmon Jr. will not play on Saturday at Nebraska, according to Don Fischer on the IU radio broadcast.

Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. out with knee injury

Indiana sophomore guard James Blackmon Jr. will not play in the team’s Big Ten opener today at Rutgers after suffering a knee injury in practice on Monday.

The Marion product underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the same knee in which he suffered a torn ACL in high school. This injury is in Blackmon Jr.’s right knee, according to Zach Osterman.

Blackmon Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Hoosiers at 15.8 points per game.


Five takeaways from Indiana’s non-conference season

Indiana completed the non-conference portion of its schedule on Dec. 22 with a 10-3 record. Here’s a look at five takeaways from the first month and a half of the season:

· The offense is still elite: Say what you want about Indiana’s disappointing trip to Maui or the blowout loss at Duke, but the Hoosiers have one of the best offensive units in all of college basketball.

The numbers are impressive nearly across the board: IU ranks fifth in adjusted offensive efficiency, second in effective field goal percentage and seventh in offensive rebounding percentage. The offense alone should win IU its fair share of conference games.


A non-conference player-by-player breakdown

The non-conference portion of IU’s schedule is complete and the Hoosiers are 10-3 heading into Wednesday’s Big Ten opener in Piscataway.

Here’s a player-by-player look at how each Hoosier performed in the non-conference portion of IU’s schedule:

Yogi Ferrell – 16.1 ppg, 5.9 apg, 4.7 rpg, 55.9 effective field goal percentage in 32.5 minutes per game

Quietly, Ferrell has played very well offensively through IU’s first 13 games. His turnover percentage is up, but his other pertinent numbers are up, including his assist rate and effective field goal percentage. The senior has figured out how to strike a balance between scorer and distributor as he currently ranks ninth among Big Ten players in scoring and fourth in assists.


Notes: Indiana’s zone, post-up efficiency and more

At 8-3 with non-conference games remaining with Notre Dame and Kennesaw State, the Big Ten slate is fast approaching for Indiana. Unfortunately, the non-conference hasn’t produced much in terms of a resume for IU because of the early setback in Maui and a blowout loss at Duke. Still, the conference schedule should produce enough opportunities for the Hoosiers to build a resume to get them safely into March Madness.

The Hoosiers will tip off conference play in just 13 days at Rutgers, but there’s plenty of work to do before then with Saturday’s game and a final tune-up against Kennesaw at Assembly Hall.

Here are a few thoughts on what has and has not worked through the first 11 games of the 2015-2016 season: