Notebook: Glass talks scheduling in radio interview

  • 03/18/2014 7:43 am in

Indiana athletics director Fred Glass was on The Ride with JMV on 1070 AM in Indianapolis on Monday afternoon and discussed a variety of topics, including the program’s decision not to play in the CBI and his disappointment on missing out on the NCAA tournament.

Glass also addressed future scheduling in the interview and was asked whether or not strengthening the non-conference schedule is a focus.

“It is a focus of mine and Tom’s (Crean) to make sure that our home non-conference schedule includes at least one really high quality opponent that our fans are eager to see,” Glass said. “In terms of the broader non-conference schedule, I know this has been the topic of some conversation and it’s an interesting thing.

“I’ll try not go to too deep on this, but the non-conference schedule is sort of more art than science because you can plan out your schedule and think you’re going to be at one level of the RPI and then weird things happen and the teams aren’t as good as you thought they were going to be and you end up with a lower RPI.”

Glass went on to point out that Indiana played Syracuse, Connecticut and Notre Dame in the non-conference schedule this past season and added that IU didn’t miss the NCAA tournament or the NIT because of the non-conference schedule, but rather its play in the Big Ten, where the Hoosiers finished eighth.

He also confirmed that IU would play SMU at home next season.

Indiana watches class of 2014 forward, per report

According to Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com, Indiana associate head coach Tim Buckley was in Detroit on Monday evening watching class of 2014 forward Yante Maten.

Maten, a 6-foot-8, 210 pound forward, is rated the No. 290 prospect nationally in the 247Composite and visited Colorado and Utah last fall, but elected not to commit or sign.

Michigan State has also watched Maten, who plays at Bloomfield Hills, this spring.

Pair of Hoosier signees expected to play in Derby Festival Classic

The rosters for the 2014 Derby Festival Basketball Classic will be announced on Wednesday and a pair of Indiana signees, Max Hoetzel and Robert Johnson, are expected to be on one of the rosters.

Both Hoetzel and Johnson told Inside the Hall earlier in the winter that they had received invitations to participate in the annual all-star game that takes place at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

This year’s Derby Festival Classic will be played on Friday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Indiana players to participate in recent seasons include Christian Watford, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls, Troy Williams and Victor Oladipo.

James Blackmon Jr. will not play as the Jordan Brand Classic takes place the same night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Marvin Clark decision coming next week

Class of 2014 Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.) forward Marvin Clark will announce his college decision on Monday, March 24 and will choose between Indiana, Kansas State, Michigan State and Seton Hall.

The Hoosiers were the final school to receive a visit from Clark, who was in Bloomington for IU’s 70-60 loss to Nebraska on Wednesday, March 5.

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  • calbert40

    hahahaha!!!

    Let me rephrase the comment in question: “There is no data readily available…without paying for a subscription to a site like KenPom.” It’s out there, but I’m not paying to get it!!

  • William Hagenmaier

    Calipari is scared to come to bloomington cause iu disrespected ky when we stormed the court in 2012 is he gonna quit playing south carolina cause they stormed the court after beating the holier than thou wildcats????? By the way Iu has 23 nationaol championships in all sports ky has 11 i believe

  • IUMIKE1

    I think I just heard a collective sigh of relief from the stats communities of the world.

    P.S. Calbert just called from St. Louis and said after reading your explanation he rescinds his demand that you no longer use his name & jersey number for your ITH name. Close one my friend, close one.

  • calbert40

    A little more research from Pre-Crean years. The short story is that Sampson wasn’t much better, but Davis put the team through the ringer in the non-conference.

    From ’02-’03 through ’07-’08 season:
    1-50: 20 opponents
    51-100: 17
    101-200: 15
    201-300: 13
    300+: 4

    Our records against those teams:
    1-50: 6-14, .300
    50-100: 12-15, .708
    101-200: 14-1, .933
    201-300: 13-0, 1.000
    300+: 4-0, 1.000
    (bonus point if you know the team we lost to that is in the 101-200 range. I didn’t remember that game)

  • calbert40

    In the individual season records in non-conference versus our overall records:

    2008: 11-2 / 25-8 (14-4), L- NCAA 1st Rd
    2007: 9-3 / 21-11 (10-6), L- NCAA 2nd Rd
    2006: 8-3 / 18-11 (9-7), L- NCAA 2nd Rd
    2005: 5-6 / 15-14 (10-6), NIT
    2004: 6-5 / 14-15 (7-9), No postseason tourney
    2003: 10-2 / 21-13 (8-8), L- NCAA 2nd Rd

    I
    post these records to show that the correlation between a strong NCSOS
    and a good showing in the B1G and postseason is hit and miss at best.

    The
    two years that we played the toughest non-conference slates (2004 &
    2005), the rigor of the schedule didn’t help us at all. In fact, it
    probably hurt our chances to make the tourney. Also, the year where we
    had the best non-conference record is also the year we had the best
    overall record. Of course, of all those years, I think it is safe to
    say that was the best team (DJ’s senior year, Gordon, etc).

  • ForeverIU

    Thanks, calbert. I knew you’d come back with numbers. I remember having a similar discussion about the possible correlations between NCSOS and tourney appearance/performance. What I remember concluding (maybe I can find my posts) is that rarely do you find a team making the Final Four without having had a strong NCSOS (the averaged seemed to be pretty high, maybe 40-50 range). Not sure what the numbers are for just making it to the tourney (partly what you’re looking at). I think what I’m getting from this discussion and the research I already did is that you could have a strong NCSOS and not make it to the tourney, but if you do make it the final four, it is almost certain your NCSOS has been in the 40-50 range. Now these are just correlations; inferring causality is a whole other issue. It could be that a team is just good or it isn’t. If a bad team plays a tough preseason schedule, then it will lose a relatively more games and its chances of reaching the tourney are not better than if it had an easier preseason (if anything, its chances might be less because it accumulated more losses and the committees don’t care about “quality” losses). The reason for the strong correlation between Final Four appearance and very strong NCSOS might have nothing to do with the tough preseason actually making a team stronger; it could just be that strong Final Four quality teams traditionally pick strong preseason schedules to begin with. So, in the end, I think what ends up happening is that teams project how strong they are going to be, and they tend to pick their preseason opponents based on their projected strength as a team.

  • ForeverIU

    Don’t want to argue, but since you said my point was pointless, I will just explain, not hoping to convince you or even make a judgement. I grew up bi-cultural and bi-lingual, so maybe I am just sensitized differently. His last name is not even English. Suppose you lived in another country, and your last name meant “jerking” in that language, and people gave you a nickname as such. Suppose, moreover, that the name was being used to describe you as something that you are not, and that many joke about you not being; i.e., the big terminator contributor to the team. You might go along, and try to see the humor, but trust me, you will always feel a bit estranged to yourself every time you heard that name. The lack of curiosity and awareness of these things annoys me. That’s all.

  • ForeverIU

    This is his last name in a language different from ours. What do you mean “that part of his actual full name”? It’s his last name. How many last names do you have that you can choose from?

  • IUMIKE1

    It’s my understanding that the organization that was mainly responsible for bringing him, and numerous others, to this country from their native countries consider themselves a faith based one. Usually kids from Africa have a name that has, for lack of a better way to put it, several pieces to it, as opposed to the first, middle & last name that we are used to. It’s also my understanding that, to make it easier on everyone, they normally choose a portion of their complete name, and not necessarily the last part of it, and then pair it with a name that has some kind of connection to the Bible.

  • ForeverIU

    Interesting, thanks. I would think that Sudanese Christians are much closer to the Biblical traditions than anyone in the West. Jesus, after all wasn’t born in Georgia. lol!