Podcast on the Brink: Bob Kravitz on Purdue, Michigan

IUPUITH0004The Hoosiers delivered their biggest whipping of the season on Wednesday. Up next, their biggest test of the season on Saturday.

To discuss Indiana’s 97-60 beatdown of arch-rival Purdue and the team’s upcoming showdown with No. 1 Michigan, Podcast on the Brink hosts Matt Dollinger and Justin Albers are joined by Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz on this week’s program.

Among the topics discussed:

· What Indiana did right in its rout of Purdue
· Tom Crean’s decision to keep the starters in late
· Biggest challenges the Wolverines will present
· Who will Victor Oladipo guard on Michigan?
· Predictions, matchups to watch and more

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

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· Programming note: As you may have noticed, Greg Rosenstein is no longer co-hosting Podcast on the Brink. Greg recently accepted a job with ESPN Insider and thus his time with POTB has come to an end. We wish Greg the best of luck in Bristol, where he undoubtedly will do a great job of getting Stuart Scott coffee and meticulously cleaning Chris Berman’s car. Just kidding, Greg.

  • Geoff_85

    Kravitz and I are on the same page on a lot of points here. The one thing I’d say we’re not on the same page about is that I don’t think this IU team has to live through Cody Zeller to win a championship this season. If Zeller starts to be more aggressive when attacking the basket against low post defenders, I will probably change my mind, but right now he shies away a little bit from low post defenders. Don’t get me wrong, I love the kid and I actually do think he is the best and most important player on this team, but there are a couple of times when he gets the ball in the post and I end up saying to myself, “damn Cody, you should have dunked that in his face.” He does a fantastic job of being physical enough, and uses his post moves well enough, to get guys in foul trouble, though. What’s more is this team is so talented that any one of the top 6 or 7 in minutes can have the most production.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Love the show, but, man, that bumper music is wack.

    Think you guys could have pressed Kravitz a little on the Crean is a great game day coach stuff. Just saying “well he got the job, he must be great” seems like pretty facile analysis. Especially when Kravitz himself gave about three examples of game day moves he disagreed with. To be fair, he’s a columnist, and probably can;t go as deep on IU Bball as some of your other guests. I like that he admitted he hadn’t seen a ton of Michigan instead of pretending he was an expert.

    IMO the truth is racin’s about horses, and Crena seems like he’s one of the top five recruiters in the country. And he even seems like he’s good in practice. I would think you have to give at least some of the credit for the players’ improvements to Crean’s practices.

    Saying you think Crean is sometimes ovematched in terms gameday adjustments (which I sometimes do) is not the same as saying you think he should be fired (I don’t).

    I do sometimes wish that the press could have a more hionest debate about these kinds of issues. Although maybe if you are seen as pressing Crean on it, you won;t get access.

    Wow, that got long.

  • sloan screen #45

    I agree with what you are saying about CZ. He does seem less aggressive than he was last year. I just kinda get the feeling CZ is being told by the staff to be careful. Think about it, we have no acceptable backup to CZ on the bench. He gets in foul trouble IU is hurting in the post. I really thought HP and PJ would be able to give us some productive minutes this year but that hasnt panned out yet. CTC is giving HP some minutes but he gives us nothing on the offensive end yet. We have to CZ in the game but we dont have to have him doing the majority of our scoring. Still though I think this team is at its very best when CZ scores because it opens up things on the perimeter.

  • Geoff_85

    Absolutely. I’m with you on all points here. It definitely seemed that way in the PUke game. Zeller was trying for entry passes and wasn’t really making a concerted effort to block any post shots because he knows he has to be on the floor. PUke fans now think Hammons is God or something. Please. If Zeller was told to get physical with that kid, there is no way in hell he scores 30 (btw 10 of those 30 came in the final 5 minutes when no one gave a damn).

  • guest

    Justin, you were fantastic! No problem filling Rosies shoes.

  • SCHoosier

    Not sure how much time there is for TC to “listen” on the bench..but he’s got four pretty solid b-ball guys there in to question what’s going on or needs to be changed strategy wise. Often you’ll see somebody in Creans ear and he makes a play call or adjustment based on what he’s hearing. I’m sure they have spiritied debates on the pre-game game planning..hope its no holds barred.

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