Podcast on the Brink: Looking ahead to Minnesota

The Hoosiers hit the road this weekend seeking revenge against the Gophers for their January home loss. Can they return the favor and steal a game at Minnesota? Podcast On The Brink discusses that and more with Louisville Courier-Journal columnist Rick Bozich and Minnesota Star-Tribune beat writer Amelia Rayno.

Hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein debate the value of Indiana’s 75-56 win over North Carolina Central before talking to Bozich and Rayno about IU’s upcoming game against the Gophers and more.

Among the topics discussed in today’s show:

· Whether Tom Crean deserves consideration for Coach of the Year
· The merits of an easy non-conference schedule vs. a challenging one
· What the Hoosiers need to do to reverse their fortune against Minnesota
· The importance (and possible lack of) leadership and toughness on both teams
· Tubby Smith’s future in Minnesota and the job he has done this season

So tune in and enjoy. As always, let us know what you think about this week’s show and drop us a note at podcastonthebrink@gmail.com.

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  • Kokomo_Joe

    This team needs a W on the road at Minn.  Against a bubble team in conference play, this W could help restore some confidence before playing MSU at home.
     
    24-7 sounds good with wins at Minn, and home against MSU and Purdue.
     
    That would also be wins against #18 ND, #1, UK, #2 OSU, #13 Michigan and #6 MSU;  That is 5 wins against the AP top 25 and then Top 100 RPI Wins against NW 48, Purdue 55 (twice); NC St 60, Ill 69, and Minn 76.

    That could be 11 top 100 wins and a top 100 record of 11-5.

    That could be a damn good season and a 4 seed in the NCAA’s.

  • SCHoosier

    Love my Hoosiers..but I’m afraid that “sounds good” is as far as that wish will go):

  • ChiHoosier

    I would love to see your situation happen because it gives us ton of momentum into the B10 and NCAA tourney but I don’t see that happening.  The only given game in the last 3 are the Purdue and even that will be a tough one because its Purdue.  Minn. game will be a lose if we play like we’ve played in the last few games on the road.  They will be hungry for a signature win and trying to bounce back from that close lose to MSU.  Also, MSU at home will be tough.  They are playing better than any other team in the B10 or the country for that matter.

    With all that said, it all depends on which team shows up.  The team that beat UK, MSU or MICH or the team that lose to Neb., Iowa and Minn.  We all know this team has the potential and capability to beat any team in the country, they just all need to be playing at an even level. 

    I will still keep my hopes up for a 3-0 record thru the reminder of the season.

  • InTheMtns

    Totally off topic, but we no longer have the distinction of being the team Matt Gatens scored his career-high against.  That honor now belongs to the hard-nosed, defense-minded Wisconsin Badgers. Gatens scored 33 and Iowa led the entire game. Topsy-turvy B1G with Iowa sweeping Wisconsin this year.This pulls Wisconsin back one game towards us. Of course we would still have to win out and they lose to OSU for us to tie them for 4th place.

  • Geoff_85

    And that just pisses me off even more that the referees took one from our Hoosiers in Madison…still bitter.

  • Geoff_85

    The Minnesota writer talking about a lack of a go-to-guy and lack of leadership with Mbakwe sidelined is exactly what the Hoosiers are going through right now. I am still having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that this lack of leadership is simply because the Hoosiers aren’t playing well or don’t have their head in the game or whatever. Minnesota doesn’t have a leader because he’s sidelined with an injury…Indiana doesn’t have one because Jordan Hulls has lost it. Very disappointing, but it can be gotten back with a good game from Hulls or whoever decides they want to take control of this team. I still feel like it needs to be Hulls simply because he seems to be the only vocal upperclassman on the team. VJIII has always had a quiet demeanor, Watford can’t motivate himself much less anyone else, Elston is a high energy guy but has never emerged as a leader on the floor…forget it. I’ll just wrap this up by saying that it seems like as Hulls goes so go the Hooisers. Step up your game Jordan.

  • InTheMtns

    I really hope we get to play the Badgers in the tourney. We’re winning that game.

  • iufan4life10

     I’m going out on a limb and saying that Hulls gets his game together against Minnie.  I think they are going to pressure him and try to get him rattled, but some of their perimeter players are underclassman and can get overly aggressive.  This is the game where IU gets things turned around in B1G play and we make a push towards the end to carry momentum into the post season.  GO HOOSIERS!!!!

  • Southport65

    You know everyone was saying that CTC was making excuses after losing to Iowa. He said they could beat anyone. Well he was right fans,not us! They just beat a good defensive team in Wisconsin and their main man got 33 points. Sometimes a coach can tell when a team is peaking and right now Iowa is making some noise as a spoiler. They are 7-8 in Big Ten play just one loss more than IU and PU. They beat Wisc. twice,IU and Michigan. They could win out against ILL.NW and NEB. I think coach knows a little more than some fans give him credit for. 

  • SCHoosier

    Iowa won this game with defense..didn’t look anylike that the pathetic defensive team that showed up at Assembly Hall. Not sure what coach Fran is feeding them now but would like to see the Hoosiers get some of it.

  • IUfanToby

    I predict a close loss at Minnesota and a close win at home against MSU.  Those seem like they should be switched, but I think the atmosphere in the Hall against MSU will be the best this season since the UK game, and we always play well against them at home.  Then its on to Purdue and the B1G tourney.

  • IUfanToby

    Saw this about Cliff Alexander.  Hope Crean and Co. notice too.
    http://www.mlive.com/spartans/index.ssf/2012/02/michigan_states_tom_izzo_visib.html

  • millzy32

    Knowing this team as well as I do from watching the games I’d expect a loss at Minnesota as basically a foregone conclusion.

    But,  Since this team never does what I expect they’ll probably surprise the heck out of me and come out and win. 

    Here’s to hoping that my reverse psychology works and IU can muster a much needed road victory to solidify our spot in the NCAA.  I think we’re in regardless but a win on Sunday will secure a decent spot.

  • Aubreyhouse

    The question that must be asked is… Are WE man enought to take this back(revenge)!?

  • Ball sCrean

    Call me crazy, but I think we win by 30 in the barn. Jordy dunks it.

  • John

    my question is, can Gatens shoot it as well as Roth?  Honestly, I feel Roth is the most underused/misused player in the country.  Do we even run any sets to get him open?  Hardly ever … as if Crean doesn’t believe in off-the-ball picks.  Roth could be a 12-15 ppg guy if he had the kind of offense he needs, and a coach who understood how valuable he can be ….

  • Geoff_85

    Let’s hope your reverse psychology works better than Joe Dirt’s at least…..”I like gettin’ hit with hot dogs, it don’t bother me none.”

  • Geoff_85

    Let’s hope your reverse psychology works better than Joe Dirt’s at least…..”I like gettin’ hit with hot dogs, it don’t bother me none.”

  • 888

    Scary thought is if he gets Alexander and Lyle! I think well get at least 1 of them because of Blackmon and Lyles but thats just a guess. Alot of kids would like to be part of a fab 5 type of class and IUs on our way in 2014. If we can get these two were there. I would prob prefer Jaquan at this point cause hes just unbeleivably good but Cliffs built to be a beast in the BIG. CTCs gonna have to start winning these recruiting battles against IZZO or we may always play second fiddle. A huge step twords that is beating them on the court. We need this win against them, Win the BIG tournament and make a run in the dance to let them know that they can do huge things at IU as well. Were at a recruiting crossroads against MSU right now and this game coming up is the start.

  • 888

    Scary thought is if he gets Alexander and Lyle! I think well get at least 1 of them because of Blackmon and Lyles but thats just a guess. Alot of kids would like to be part of a fab 5 type of class and IUs on our way in 2014. If we can get these two were there. I would prob prefer Jaquan at this point cause hes just unbeleivably good but Cliffs built to be a beast in the BIG. CTCs gonna have to start winning these recruiting battles against IZZO or we may always play second fiddle. A huge step twords that is beating them on the court. We need this win against them, Win the BIG tournament and make a run in the dance to let them know that they can do huge things at IU as well. Were at a recruiting crossroads against MSU right now and this game coming up is the start.

  • Geoff_85

    You’re crazy. I think Jordy dunks it, but IU wins by 29 at most.

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