I was looking for a different approach in writing this week’s mid-week IU basketball feature, and some stats stuck out to me as I compared this season’s team after eight games to last season’s team after eight games. Maybe it’s just because I’m a numbers guy, or maybe it’s interesting because IU’s ninth opponent a year ago was then-No. 1 Kentucky, and the Hoosiers’ ninth opponent this season … well, isn’t. More on the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils on Saturday, but for now, here’s a little reading for you, via the Post-Tribune.