Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers' 5 Most Impressive Stats in 2013-14

Kyle Grand@@KyleGrandFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

Indiana Basketball: Hoosiers' 5 Most Impressive Stats in 2013-14

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    The Indiana Hoosiers are nearing the end of their nonconference schedule. When looking at IU's stats, there are a number of things that stick out. Yogi Ferrell's scoring, Noah Vonleh's low-post dominance and Indiana's team defense are just a few examples.

    But, which Hoosier statistics are the most eye-opening?

    This slideshow will run down the Hoosiers' five most impressive stats so far in 2013-14. 

5. Noah Vonleh's Rebounding

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    Through his first 11 games as a Hoosier, freshman Noah Vonleh leads the team and Big Ten with 9.6 rebounds per game. Perhaps most important, 2.9 of those boards are of the offensive variety.

    His rebounding prowess was documented in his high school scouting report (subscription required), but he was much bigger and better than his competition. Despite making the jump to the college game, Vonleh is still a beast on the boards.

    His ability to sniff out rebounds like a bloodhound is a huge reason why the Hoosiers are one of the top rebounding teams in the country. 

    Despite the strong start, this stat is No. 5 on the list because Vonleh has yet to face legitimate competition on a nightly basis. 

4. Hoosiers' Team Rebounding

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    The Hoosiers have been great on the boards in 2013-14.
    The Hoosiers have been great on the boards in 2013-14.Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

    Vonleh's individual rebounding numbers are impressive, but the Hoosiers as a whole are controlling the glass. IU averages a whopping 47.1 rebounds per game, good for third in the nation. Its rebounding margin of plus-14.7 is just as impressive. 

    The Hoosiers have yet to lose the rebounding battle to an opponent. This is obviously a great sign for Indiana going forward, but the elevated competition the Big Ten will present could affect how IU dominates the rebounding battle. 


3. Yogi Ferrell's 3-Point Shooting

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    Yogi Ferrell is IU's best long range shooter.
    Yogi Ferrell is IU's best long range shooter.Elsa/Getty Images

    In just one season, Yogi Ferrell has gone from a questionable three-point shooter to Indiana's best. He's making 40.8 percent of his attempts, compared to just 30.3 percent in 2012-13.

    After a full offseason in Bloomington, it's not a surprise Ferrell is making more threes—the surprise is how many he's draining. Ferrell's confidence is through the roof and seeing him make pull-up threes (a shot he would never take last season) is now commonplace. 

    This stat makes the list because it represents such a vast improvement in a short period of time. 

2. Free-Throw Attempts

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    Jeremy Hollowell lines up for a free throw.
    Jeremy Hollowell lines up for a free throw.Rich Barnes/Getty Images

    Either the Hoosiers own property on the free-throw line, or they just like standing on that spot of the court—because Indiana has set up shop at the charity stripe this season. 

    Through 11 games, the Hoosiers have 340 free-throw attempts, eighth-most in the country, per Sports-Reference. When Indiana gets to the line, it has been effective, making almost 73 percent of its foul shots.

    Why is this important?

    The Hoosiers are attacking the basket and being the aggressors. As they've shown this year, they aren't the best shooters. To try and overcome their shooting deficiency, their goal is to earn as many free throws as possible.   

    It's easy to shoot jump shot after jump shot, but it takes guts and determination to continually drive to the basket and get fouled. This stat is impressive because it shows the Hoosiers are tough and trying their best not to settle for outside shots. 

1. Noah Vonleh's Defensive Rating

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    Noah Vonleh challenges a North Florida shot.
    Noah Vonleh challenges a North Florida shot.Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

    Vonleh is a force when the opposing team has possession. His defensive rating is an absurdly low 82, per Sports-Reference, and it's by far the best between Hoosiers playing significant minutes. 

    His 13 steals and 12 blocks rank him one and two on the roster in those categories respectively and have contributed to his stellar rating.

    This stat is so impressive because before this season, Vonleh played on the wing. For someone who just transitioned to the low block, he's looked extremely good, and his performance must be commended.

    He's going against a type of player he isn't used to guarding, yet he's matching every post move with a defensive counter.

    Outside of the Notre Dame game, the paint has been under his control, and when he is on the bench, the Hoosiers are a totally different team.