Indiana Looks to End the Curse of the Scott Brothers

Game notes:  The Indiana Hoosiers (6-5) host the Fort Wayne Mastodons (7-5) at 8 PM on Monday night at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.  The game will be broadcast on BTN.  Fort Wayne is 1-5 on the road this year.  Indiana is 5-2 at home.  The programs will meet for the third straight season.  IU won in Bloomington, 90-65 in 2015 and the Mastodons defeated Indiana 71-68 in OT in Fort Wayne last season.  Indiana was ranked #3 coming into last year’s meeting. 

These Scott brothers.  They are everywhere.  Purdue, Fort Wayne, Indiana State.  It seems like they’ve been playing since the Steve Alford days.  And everywhere they go they terrorize the Hoosiers.  Collectively, Bryson and Brenton Scott are 5-0 against Indiana.  Brenton is the slacker of the pair, with only one win over IU.  That came back in November when Indiana State came to Bloomington and handed IU their third worst loss ever at Assembly Hall.  Yeah, that game.

Take a look at the damage the Indiana natives have inflicted on the Hoosiers, if you can stand to look:

  • Bryson Scott Purdue/Fort Wayne (4-0)
    • 5 points and 4 assists in a 82-64 Purdue win over Indiana in 2014.
    • 11 points and 6 rebounds in a 83-67 Purdue win over Indiana in 2015.
    • A quiet game in a 67-63 Purdue win over Indiana in 2015.
    • 18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in a 71-68 Fort Wayne win over Indiana last year.
  • Brenton Scott Indiana State (1-0)
    • 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal in November.

The twin brothers grew up in Fort Wayne and went to Northrop High School.  According to IPFW, Bryson was a four-star recruit ranked 75th on the Rivals 150.  He finished fourth in the voting for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball in 2013, when he averaged 23.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.  He started his college career at Purdue before transferring to Fort Wayne after his sophomore year.

According to Indiana State, as a high school junior Brenton averaged 16.3 points per game for Northrop who finished the season with a 21-4 record and won a sectional title.  Brenton was a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette All-Area selection in 2012.

Bryson is going to be handful for Indiana on Monday night.  Coming into the game he is averaging 22.8 points, 5 rebounds 3 assists, and 2.2 steals.  He shoots 46% from the field and 83% from the line.  If there is a weakness, perhaps it is his 3-point shooting.  He is shooting 29.7% from distance.  But really, after what Brenton did, do you think Indiana is going to want to give him any room to shoot?

If Indiana wants to finally get a win over a Scott they’ll need to take this game seriously coming off an emotional win over Notre Dame on Saturday.  Fort Wayne played Kentucky at Rupp Arena earlier this year and it was within three points with :30 seconds left in the first half.  They are going to come ready for a fight.  Surely the IU players that were on last year’s team know this.  Surely everyone remembers what Brenton did.

Irrespective of what happens on Monday, there is good news.  Both Bryson and Brenton are seniors and in their last year of eligibility.  The bad news:  There are three more brothers:  Brencil, Jacquel, Jay.  We didn’t research how old they are and whether Indiana might have to play them one day.  We don’t want to know.

Main photo credit – Rachel Von, The Journal Gazette

Brenton Scott photo via twitter