Podcast on the Brink: Recapping IU’s win over Pitt

  • 12/04/2014 8:43 pm in

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

Morris is joined by Herald-Times IU beat writer Mike Miller to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· The emergence of freshman Emmitt Holt in IU’s win over Pittsburgh and whether it was a surprise how comfortable he looked
· Will increased playing time for Holt motivate Hanner Mosquera-Perea?
· How Indiana was finally able to attack the 2-3 zone with success
· IU’s improved defense against Pittsburgh and where the Hoosiers still must improve
· Robert Johnson’s play and the potential for Yogi Ferrell to play more off the ball
· Student and fan support for the program

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

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  • Speed

    Judging from the results of the Big Ten/ACC challenge the Big Ten has no weak teams. It’s going to be a shootout!

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  • N71

    At this point with new found interior play I’m going to up my max expectations to a 23-8 season, that’s maxing out. A reasonable target of 21-10, low end 19-12. Without an interior game I’d put us at 16-15 or 15-16. The emergence of Emmitt is absolutely essential, its the difference between our making the dance or not, it affects Troy, Hanner, Collin…it provides others to play their positions versus everyone being shifted out playing some dude 20 pounds heavier, getting hurt, slowing their development, etc.

  • Hawk4

    Am I the only one not getting overly excited because of one win? I’m all for being pumped about a win on the ESPN networks, but the reality is I thought Tuesday night was more about Pitt’s D looking terrible opposed our offense looking good. Their on-ball defense was so bad that we got to the paint almost at will.

    I’ll be interested to see the Butler / Louisville games… both on neutral courts and should be a good measuring stick.

  • SilentBob

    Naw I feel ya. I felt the need to tell everyone in Aaron Rodgers words “R-E-L-A-X” after the “poor” performances against cupcakes. Now I feel the need to do it here. I thought the Pitt game would be way closer, but as their coach pointed out their man was absolutely horrendous. I mean lets give our guards some credit, they are naturally gifted at that, and were smart enough to realize it, but they will have much stiffer defensive guards to face than that in the future.

    I think most people were just “relieved” to see the emergence of another big man for us. That will make us much better. Then we played pretty well when they went zone, which a lot of people on here think is Crean’s offensive weakness. I’m scared to turn on my TV for the Louisville game though. Match up nightmares all across the board. If we just stay within 15 I’ll be proud lol. Amazing Petino defense, especially at the guards. Monsterous rebounders in Harrell and Onaku. No slouch on offense either. I’m nervous to say the least lol

  • Dave Carnes

    You r right the big Ten has all good basketball teams.I think we can run Louisville, drag there bigs away from the basket and frustrate them.They have had things all there way this year if we can get them confused we may have a chance.

  • Bk39

    Mike Miller has quickly immersed himself into IU basketball and shows a keen sense of understanding Hoosiers. I enjoyed this interview and have enjoyed following Mikes Twitter durring games especially up in Canada. Another great Podcast thanks!

  • Dave, I love the optimism. I would obviously feel so much better about the Louisville game if it were at home (duh). But that’s a tough opponent to play in your first game away from home with so many new guys. This is where I really wish we played an Evansville or something else around here in a true road game. The experience would be invaluable.

  • I agree. Emmitt is a critical component for this team. Relying so heavily on freshmen is always risky, so we’ll have to see how they hold up now that the competition is going to be more consistently even or even above our own talent level. But he certainly looks like a guy who can be a really productive 4-year player at IU.

  • I agree with both of you, in the sense that you never want to get too down after a loss or too high after a win. But, simply as a fan, I always hesitate to tell folks not to enjoy wins. Sometimes we get jaded expecting every win to be by X numbers of points and be filled with perfect basketball. Ultimately, this team exceeded everyone’s expectations by controlling the game from tip to buzzer against an ACC school. And they did it with solid post play. Acknowledge the team’s shortcomings, sure. But no reason not to fully enjoy the win, and even engage in some optimism. 🙂

  • Thank you! And I agree. Mike is doing an excellent job.

  • Dave Carnes

    Well mine might be one of the more unlikely scenarios but darn it it is a scenario.

  • IUMIKE1

    Spot on. As a coach I’m sure Crean tries to look ahead and schedule accordingly as to what will help your team the most. Perceiving that you will have a very young team overall you would want a lot of home games, but I’m like you a true road game against Evansville, IN St. or any one of the, normally lesser regional DIV 1 teams, to prepare a younger team for a road game against someone like UL. That isn’t meant as a swipe at those schools and something tells me that their are at least two schools like I mentioned that would be more than happy to do a home and home thing.