The Inside the Hall Mailbag: November 8

  • 11/08/2011 12:39 pm in

The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehalland sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can. Now, onward … 

@MitchellBMitch writes: what are your expectations 4 Elston this season & do you think he could be an x factor in helping #iubb make a tourney in 11?

Alex Bozich: If he stays healthy, Elston should have a role as an energy player than can rebound, finish some plays around the basket and also knock down some perimeter jump shots. As we found out late this past summer, injuries a season ago really hampered his ability to defend or make explosive plays.

At times he’s too quick to settle for the jumper, but it’s always been a part of his game since I first saw him play in high school. I’m not sure I’d call him a X-factor as I’d lean more towards Will Sheehey or Victor Oladipo in that role, but he’s certainly got the ability to make an impact.

Mark Shlyankevich via Facebook writes: Do you see Will Sheehey as a full time starter this year?

Ryan Corazza: At this juncture, Sheehey appears to be penciled into Tom Crean’s starting lineup. And as long as he keeps doing what he’s been doing, he’s likely to remain for the foreseeable future. The Florida native’s improved jumper gives the Hoosiers another perimeter shooting threat alongside Jordan Hulls. Crean also noted at Big Ten Media Day that Sheehey is getting closer to having the consistency he likes on defense, which is another notch in his cap.

If he can bring some strong offensive rebounding to the table as well — he was third in offensive rebounding percentage out of regular returners heading into this season — it should bode well for him remaining in the starting five.

@_Nickoli_ writes: any chance you’ll get an interview with Dakich? I’d like to know how he came up with 23-25 wins this year

Alex Bozich: An interview is not on the horizon, but the 23 to 25 win prediction is not realistic. Indiana has won a total of eight Big Ten games over the past three seasons. Even if they doubled their conference win total from two seasons ago, that would put them at 8-10 in league play. And if you put them at say, 11-2, in non-conference play (also very optimistic), that would be a 19-12 record heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

Going back to the 23 to 25 win prediction, how many teams in the conference will win that many games? Not many. A realistic prediction would be 18-13.

@lcmayer32 writes: With Zeller’s running/floor coverage ability and need to get Will/Vic in, is #IUBB better off going small majority of time

Ryan Corazza: Taking all the preseason chatter into consideration, Indiana is shaping up to be a team looking to get out on the break. But Zeller’s presence gives them a nice advantage: The Hoosiers get a 6-foot-11 rim protector and a player that’s looking to score in transition — evidence of which we saw with Zeller’s first bucket of his career on Saturday night.

In the end, it may not be about playing small or big for Crean; it’ll be about who’s giving him what he wants efficiently, and there seem to be enough players able to convert in transition that they may not have to necessarily “go small” to get those kind of buckets.

Graysville Scout Pack via Facebook writes: Views on where Gary Harris is going?

Alex Bozich: Let me preface this with saying I really don’t have a great feel for where this is headed. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up at any of the four schools. The family has done a great job of managing the process and keeping the decision making part of things inside the family. But since I’ve been asked about this quite a bit, my gut feeling is either Michigan State or Purdue.

@funkmastacrab writes: will we see vj3 at the point this year?

Alex Bozich: Jones will probably log minutes at the point guard, but don’t expect to see him filling that role on a full-time basis. Jones is capable of handling the ball, but his turnovers (83 a season ago) probably make him better suited to play off the ball. He’s dangerous as a scoring threat off the wing because he can get into the lane and hit the pull-up jump shot.

Jordan Hulls seems the better candidate of the two to play the majority of the point guard minutes because he’s less turnover prone, gets the offense running more efficiently and has taken on a leadership role as a junior.

@jayrigdon5 writes: Did Daniel Moore get the vacant 13th scholarship for his senior year?

Alex Bozich: Yes, he did. That was reported on Saturday I believe and an IU spokesperson confirmed it to us today.

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  • Anonymous

    I’m a big fan of these mailbags as they give you the chance to throw out some quick ideas on a variety of subjects, rather than the typical one subject per post.  However, I’d be curious sometimes to get more than one opinion per question.  Obviously, if you are going to have similar answers, no need to post 2+.  But for questions where ITH staff disagrees or has different lines of reasoning for an answer, I’d be curious to hear more opinions.

  • Anonymous

    Good on Daniel Moore. While he isn’t the most skilled player, he is a fantastic team guy that has stepped up in the lean years.
    Deserving of a vacant scholarship, no doubt.

  • Anonymous

    Well if the 13th scholly couldn’t go to Garret Green, I can think of no one better to be a dominating twin tower with Cody in the post than Danny Moore…. just kidding, he worked his butt off for 3 years, he deserves it.    If we get Harris this week, I dare anyone who posted they don’t care wether he comes here or not, or even posted comments saying they wish he goes to rival schools, to post something simple on the announcement story like….”oh well”…….that would be hilarious, and take some guts.    If he goes to MSU as a lot of us think, I think he needs to look forward to coming up short against the Hoosiers, with Draymon Green gone, there will definitely be a talent gap when they play us….

  • jacobdetroy

    Alex, while I agree with your conclusion that 23-25 wins is not a realistic projection I have questions on your rationale for determining big ten wins. Mainly, is it really fair to compare this team with past teams results? I understand there was little roster turnover but with more experience, a new class of players, Cody, and conference turnover it is looking far more favorable for IU this year. I agree that doubling big ten wins will be hard to do but it is imaginable – much more so than last year.

  • Wish Daniel Moore had Elston’s body…..working on the gene therapy to make this switch occur…let you know when I work the bugs out….

  • HoosierDavey

    Dakich went down the schedule in his show and, when you look at it like he did, it wasn’t a pipe dream to think that we could get that many.  While I’m a bit more pessimistic (I could see more like 18/19 wins), I don’t think he’s way out there or anything.  Could happen, and man would I ever be happy with it!

  • How many teams have gone from 12 wins to 23 or 25? Just asking. My guess is not very many.

  • Anonymous

    @Alex: do you think Sheehey’s emergence and Pritchard picking up a technical in the exhibition make it more likeley that we see a hulls, jones, sheehey, watford, zeller lineup? Do you see Zeller at the 5 some, even though he has made it clear he prefers the 4?

  • InTheMtns

    This is off topic, but is for all of us who were going bananas Saturday when the BTN live stream didn’t start on time and we had to watch that stupid clock count the seconds away. At the time several of us were told by BTN that they were having technical difficulty and they were trying to get it fixed quickly. But according to Scott Agness of Vigilant Sports and the announcer for the game, “BTN admittedly forgot to “activate” the live stream which is why those of you that logged on, missed the first ten minutes or so.”  Ha, if  “forgot to activate” is a technical problem, then it sounds to me like they are in technology over their heads!  Maybe that’s a future Mailbag topic: Is BTN technology literate?

  • MillaRed

    and…….they are not re-broadcasting the game at 2:00 PM today due to “technical difficulties.”

    Big Ten Network —— FAIL

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, that is painful. Yet they want people to subscribe to watch games online? After screwing us TWICE. Yeah right. Thanks but no thanks BTN. We appreciate the let downs though. I might watch “Best Big Ten Shooters of All Time” again though. IU players literally make up 40% of the list lol.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been hoping they would honor him that way.  He’s certainly deserving.

  • JohnFromBeyond

    I’m furious at BTN for the frustration we went through during that broadcast. I hoped at least we could log back on and watch the archive, but no. That web site is a piece of crap, it kept crashing my browser and half the time wouldn’t load the page.

    I really hate the idea of paying extra (on top of what I pay extra to get BTN on cable) to watch a crappy video stream on my computer instead of my large screen HD TV, listening to student commentators (EG was awful too) and then they botch the first 10 minutes. I will NEVER EVER try that again.

  • Anonymous

    Off topic, I thought BTN was showing IU game at 2:00 today. What happened? Anybody know?

  • Anonymous

    It seems to me that anyone who thinks Dakich’s prediction is anywhere near realistic is drinking the Kool-Aid.  Dakich is making this crazy prediction for shock value because he is a radio personality now and he has thrown his realistic viewpoint out the window.  The schedule is very soft but 23-25 wins is crazy.  There are only 4 lose-able games on the pre conference schedule though but winning well over half of our Big Ten games is a very non-realistic prediction. 

    My realistic prediction with this soft as all soft of schedules is 17-18 wins.  I would be highly disappointed with anything less.  If we had 20-21 wins I’d be encouraged and if by some miracle we get to the Dakich levels then I’ll be very glad to eat crow and tell everyone that the Hoosiers are back. 

  • InTheMtns

    And there’s even more “good news.”  EG said he had fun and wants to do another broadcast. I agree with you that he was pretty awful (and really annoying). Let’s hope they get that lockout settled soon!

  • InTheMtns

    Not going to happen – BTN “technical difficulties.”

  • JohnFromBeyond

    Someone else pointed out that Dakich included tournament wins. If you think IU could win 18 games regular season, then add 1-2 for the Big10 tourney and 2-3 in the NIT and presto — 21-23 wins.

    It sure would be sweet to break 20 total.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty funny, I almost spit out my iced tea!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Can’t wait for the season!! Go IU!!  Hey if you don’t agree with some Indiana games only being show online go to the BTN facebook fan page and click on everyones post and check out the wall post on their page about this topic.  “Like it” if you agree.

  • HoosierDavey

    Probably not many, but crazy things do happen in sports.  Again, I’m not predicting that many, but I can certainly see how one could logically make a case for it.    

  • Anonymous

    I commented on the column of the link that Alex posted. I really don’t feel it’s right that they are making us pay extra to watch a game online. That’s like a kick to the groin AND a slap in the face. Wait…they also screwed up the exhibition game TWICE, so you might as well add a low blow and a shot to the kidneys into the mix. It’s absolutely ridiculous.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Go to their facebook wall and click on everyones posts and read the wall post regarding this.

  • Anonymous

    I’m trying to find it. Their site is a little difficult to navigate. When you click ‘shows’ then ‘Big Ten’s Best’ it only shows the football installments of Big Ten’s Best. If I find it I will let you know.

  • Anonymous

    Who says it’s down to MSU and PUke?

  • Casey B.

    A Purdue beat writer who apparently has more inside information than anyone in the nation.

    Let’s calm down and just let it play out, people. The obsession level over this recruitment, especially on the eve of the signing of five players who have already committed to IU, is sad and creepy.

  • IUball

    We will do it for sure. Look at it this way.

    Even if we didn’t get Zeller, our improvement would be 4-5 games putting us at 16 conservatively.

    Next, look at the Big Ten. 
    Penn State lost 4 starters including Battle plus a new coach. 

    Minnesota lost Iverson, Nolan and Hoffarbor, and we beat them at home and played them tough on the road. 

    Wisconsin lost their two starting big men Luer and Nankivil, and we played them tough both times. 

    Michigan should be better, but we beat them by 19 at home and almost came back on the road.

    Illinois lost three senior starters and a underclassman that went to the draft. And we split with them last year.

    Purdue lost their two best scorers, and even with Hummel back they don’t have anyone over 6’8″ and of the players that are 6’8″, 2 fresh and 2 soph, they combined an average of about 3 points per game last year.

    Northwestern and Michigan State should be tough, but we played each close (MSU to double OT) and I’d say we improved more than they did in the off season. Iowa too will be better but we should beat them as well.

    Nebraska I don’t know much about and Ohio State will be awful tough.

    Then early games like Butler and Notre Dame should be wins with BU losing Mack and Howard and ND losing four seniors including Hansbrough.

    I can’t wait!

  • IUball

    Also, let’s cut the NIT talk. Limber up cause we going dancin’ 

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t hear it but there’s no humanly possible way he was worse than the girl doing the Purdue/USI game.  A small example of her brilliance: “…he averaged 67 points a game last year.”  (Color guy with her)—“…that’ six point seven.  Rebounds.”

  • Anonymous

    IU should beat ND and Butler, honestly. Let’s assume the Hoosiers lose to pUKe just for laughs. That would put IU at 11-1 pre-Big Ten assuming that the Hoosiers win @ N.C. State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tackling the Big Ten schedule: If the Hoosiers win at home against Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Iowa, ILLinois, Northwestern (like the good ol’ days), MSU, and PUke – there’s 8 Big Ten wins right there. If you add a ‘should win’ or two on the road (Penn State, Iowa — like the good ol’ days, and maybe Nebraska) that’s 11-7 in the Big Ten. That’s 23-8 before the Big Ten Tournament if IU beats North Carolina Central in non-conference play after the Big Ten schedule starts. I still think this is too optimistic, but I wouldn’t be absolutely floored if it happened. I have faith in the players we have. Let’s be honest though, they may lose to MSU at Assembly Hall, and certainly could lose to Minnesota or Northwestern at Assembly Hall as well. Let’s also remember that the Hoosiers didn’t win ONE GAME outside of Assembly Hall last season – on the road or neutral – so there are no “gimme’s” on the road for this team until they prove that they can win outside of the best home arena in college basketball. I think 19-12 is more realistic, but again, I wouldn’t be shocked if they get 20.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    Alex, I totally agree that IU is more likely to have a better chance at 18-20 wins considering all of the factors but I’m more curious why you think Dan would make such a comment.  Chances are we won’t win 25 and this makes him look just a little bias wouldn’t you agree…or do you think there is something else why he really may believe this?

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I have to admit that I’m pretty upset with EG…during his intro during HH he made the comment something to the extent that the only reason he was there was because of the lockout.  Why even make the comment?

  • IUJeff

    Wasn’t it DM who we had to put on the U of Indy guards to stop the dribble penetration? He has improved significantly during his time at IU and I am glad he has earned the scholarship. Great job Daniel !!  

  • InTheMtns

    Wow. You’re right – that is worse. Sad, actually.

  • InTheMtns

    I heard that, too, and thought “My, my, well don’t flatter us so.” At the time, I sort of chalked it up to he meant to say something else and it just sort of came out in that awkward way. But after hearing his wit and wisdom on the broadcast, I’m no longer so sure. To give credit where it’s due, Eric did give some good insights several times, but mostly he didn’t. Since the on-line broadcasts are student productions, I think they would have been much better off with a student.

  • Sean

    23 25 wins is crazy. Put it this way:

    18-13 is winning all home big ten games except for Ohio st.
    18-13 is having absolutely 0 bad losses
    18-13 is beating Butler

    This season will be a NCAA bid only if we win 3+ big ten road games and all of the above.

  • Anonymous

    Daniel Moore earning the scholarship has no bearing on Harris.  As there was still one unused, Daniel was awarded a scholarship for this, his final, season only, as a reward for his hard work over the past three seasons.  As he will be graduating, he will not be using the scholarship next year and the only way to have used it on Harris is if he were to have skipped his senior year of hig school.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you but I think others have pointed out (I can’t get Dakich’s show here in southern Indiana, so I’m only going by what they’ve said,) he was insinuating that those wins would include some victories in the B1G tournament and a post-season tournament (NIT or one of the lesser ones.)

  • Anonymous

    Good for Danny Moore-he earned his scholarship!

  • Anonymous

    Watch who you call crazy. I came up with 22 wins. Personally, I think that 13, 14 predicted wins are crazy. But I would never call anyone who predicts that total crazy because none of knows!

  • Anonymous

    That is the great thing about statistical analysis. It tells you a great deal about the whole population and not one reliable thing about any one member of that population!