In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Juwan Morgan was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week.
• Juwan and Romeo both made it onto the All Big Ten teams.
• Ohio State is getting its star back.
• Someone make sure the selection committee sees this stat about Indiana’s record with and without De’Ron Davis.
• Happy birthday to one of the best IU big men of all time.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re now two days away from IU’s opening in the Big Ten Tournament.
In player news …
Juwan Morgan was named co-Big Ten Player of the Week with Minnesota’s Amir Coffey. It’s a fitting end to Juwan’s regular season college basketball career.
In Indiana’s two must-win victories over Illinois and Rutgers, Juwan averaged 22.5 points on 74% shooting from the field. He also grabbed 8 rebounds per game.
In addition, Juwan was named Third-Team All Big Ten by the media. He earned Honorable Mention status from the coaches.
Romeo Langford was named Third-Team All Big Ten by the media and 2nd Team All Big Ten by the coaches. He was also named to the All-Freshman team.
Purdue’s Matt Painter was named Coach of the Year by the media and coaches. It’s his fourth Coach of the Year award in 14 seasons at Purdue.
Cassius Winston, Carsen Edwards, Ethan Happ, and Bruno Fernando were all First Team All Big Ten selections by both the media and coaches. Lamar Stevens and Jordan Murphy split the other spot.
In important opponent news …
Indiana plays Ohio State in the 8/9 game on Thursday in the Big Ten Tournament.
As expected, Ohio State announced on Monday that starting center Kaleb Wesson — who was suspended for the final 3 games of the regular season — will be back for Thursday’s game.
Wesson is Ohio State’s leading scorer, averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The Buckeyes lost all three games Wesson missed by an average margin of defeat of 16.3 points.
So, obviously, it’s a huge boost getting him back for a game that many people feel is essentially a de facto NCAA Tournament play-in between two teams with fledgling resumes that include a bunch of good wins but also a high volume of losses.
In statistical notes that the NCAA Tournament selection committee should absolutely take into consideration …
When De’Ron Davis plays 4 or fewer minutes (including 5 DNPs), which is basically what happened all of January, Indiana is 1-7.
When De’Ron Davis plays five or more minutes in a game, Indiana is 16-7 and fits the profile of a no-doubt NCAA Tournament team.
Now healthy, De’Ron has played 19.1 minutes per game over Indiana’s last 10 games — which is a big reason why the Hoosiers are finally playing once again like a team that deserves to be seriously considered for the Dance.
And we had a birthday on Sunday …
Happy belated birthday to Kirk Haston, who turned 40.
Kirk is best-known for his last-second shot that defeated #1-ranked Michigan State in 2001. That season he was a 3rd-Team All America selection before turning pro. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for his career.
Kirk was recently elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.