Podcast on the Brink: Wrapping up the season

  • 03/17/2014 12:36 pm in

Indiana’s season ended on Thursday with a 64-54 loss to Illinois in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Podcast on the Brink is back with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call to dissect how an IU team ranked No. 24 in the preseason could miss out on postseason play entirely. Morris is joined by Zach Osterman, the Indiana beat writer for The Indianapolis Star, to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· Next season’s non-conference schedule
· Noah Vonleh’s future
· Indiana’s outlook for the 2014-2015 season

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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  • InTheMtns

    As always, Jerod – nice job on the podcast. Always enjoy Zach’s insights. It was refreshing to listen to level-headed analysis as well as some optimism. Thanks to you both! And hey, now there’s just 199 days ’till Hoosier Hysteria! Go IU!!!

  • We can dream, can’t we Rick? 🙂

  • Thank you. 🙂 Let the countdown continue …


    Really enjoy the podcasts. First off let me say that I have been a very big Crean supporter, but I have to admit I have started to waver somewhat in my support. I feel like he has for sure earned the chance to right the ship, so to speak, but I have something that I feel like most IU bball fans would find as a very interesting topic. I seen where some were saying that if you lump together all of the teams that Crean has been the head coach of, his teams have a turnover average per game of 14. I know TO % has to be considered in this but this was still somewhat alarming to me, so first, is this stat correct and if so how should it influence us when it comes to analyzing past seasons, this season and future seasons. No one that I have talked to about this, and trust me I have talked to a whoooole lot of IU bball fans about this and they all seem to be very interested in, if it is in fact true, and what exactly it means going forward when his overall coaching performance is objectively evaluated. Sounds like a really good topic to discuss on a future podcast, if in fact it is true.

  • Mike, here are Indiana’s turnover rates under Crean, beginning with this season and working back: 21.8, 19.2, 19.1, 19.9, 23.0, 26.4. We have never finished in the top 100 in this metric (topping out at 107). I think inherent in Crean’s system is a certain amount of turnovers. And you can win that way, as the team showed the previous two seasons. What you can’t win with are the careless turnovers we saw this year, nor the untimely turnovers in bunches that lead to big runs for the opposition. If next year’s team can get the TO% back under 20, it will be able to generate more shots for better shooters. That SHOULD improve offensive efficiency. It remains to be seen if we can do that, but I am certainly optimistic that it won’t be as bad as this year.

  • RMK

    I really enjoyed this podcast. Zack’s comments about this past off-season was spot on. I think it had a huge impact. There was very minimal player leadership in Bloomington during the summer, and I think it set the whole season off on the wrong foot. I also enjoyed and agreed with his optimism for next year. Its always been my opinion since we signed this past class that our incoming freshman are much more advanced basketball players than the previous class (save Noah). I think this along with an off-season of development for the rest of the guys can go a long ways towards curing some of our chronic issues this year. Great job guys.