Podcast on the Brink: Previewing IU-Minnesota

011112auTo break down the showdown with the Gophers, Podcast on the Brink is joined by Inside The Hall’s Alex Bozich and Justin Albers this week.

With Greg Rosenstein packing up his RGIII jerseys and moving to Connecticut, host Matt Dollinger anchors the podcast and talks to Bozich and Albers about the challenges No. 8 Minnesota will present and the likelihood of No. 5 Indiana pulling out the win.

Among the topics discussed in this week’s show:

· The importance of the battle on the boards Saturday
· How Indiana will attempt to neutralize Trevor Mbakwe
· Who is the best team in the conference right now?
· The sparse usage of Hanner Mosquera-Perea and Peter Jurkin
· Takeaways from Indiana’s thrashing of Penn State
· Which games will be toughest for IU in January?

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at podcastonthebrink@gmail.com.

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  • HannerTime Hoosier

    I find it interesting many of us have asked the same question as those on the podcast: why aren’t Jeremy, Hanner, or Peter getting developmental minutes when a game is put away? CTC talks about it, but we have not seen it yet?! When we run as much as we do, aren’t we going to need more horses to finish the race?

  • Geoff_85

    Geesh, everyone is afraid of Minnesota. They scare me a little too, but after hearing this and reading some comments on other threads, I’m really just kinda pissed off. I’ll admit, Minnesota matches up very well with Indiana, but Indiana has players who have played in big time games and I promise you this, those guys are not afraid of Minnesota one bit. Indiana is a veteran team and they have been tested, not so much this season, but certainly last year, and a little bit this season. Victor Oladipo is going to be insane. Jordan Hulls will be Jordan Hulls, and this year he is a better passer than last year if you ask me. If they double him it could get ugly for Minnesota because he finds open guys better than last year. Yogi Ferrell needs to be big in this game. I know everyone is talking Indiana’s front court, but if Yogi, Vic, and to a lesser extent Hulls, can penetrate that is where they can get Minnesota off balance defensively. That’s the kind of offense Indiana runs. If they make Minnesota play their game, all they have to do is execute. Easier said than done, but they just need to stick to the game plan. Defensively, they are much better this year. Again, if Indiana can make Minnesota get in a hurry, they can cause turnovers, and we know how good Indiana is at converting turnovers. As for Mbakwe, Cody Zeller needs to run the hell of out him, and again, that’s what Indiana’s offense does. Make this team run, run, then run, and after that, run some more. If this turns into a half court game, I will get worried, but until then, I am going to assume Indiana sticks to the game plan and controls the tempo in a fast paced game.

  • Geoff_85

    Just to be clear, this was a great podcast. I just think we should be more pumped up than worried. This game should be a blast, especially if it’s a close one.

  • Podcast on the Brink

    Thanks, Geoff! Great analysis, you definitely make some strong points. I also nominate you to deliver the pre-game speech for IU the rest of the season.

  • Podcast on the Brink

    Thanks, Geoff! Great analysis, you definitely make some strong points. I also nominate you to deliver the pre-game speech for IU the rest of the season.

  • Geoff_85

    They executed that game plan very well in the first half. A few fast breaks for Zeller, Hulls got a couple of 3’s and drew some defenders as a result, they got out in transition, but my goodness they flat out got after it on D.

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