POTB 096: A look back at Hoosier Hysteria and a look ahead

  • 10/28/2015 1:02 pm in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a second episode this week with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available each Wednesday. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this bonus edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Zach Osterman, who covers IU basketball for The Indianapolis Star.

Among the topics discussed by the trio:

· The takeaways from Hoosier Hysteria
· IU’s upcoming exhibition games against Ottawa and Bellarmine
· The evolution of Yogi Ferrell as a leader and the next step for him as a player
· Whether Tom Crean seems more at peace going into the season
· The recent commitment of Al Durham and what he’ll bring to the program

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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  • Sir, relax, this isn’t kentucky

  • marcusgresham

    At Hoosier Hysteria Blackmon’s upper body certainly looked stronger physically than he did last year. He also made a couple of nice passes that he would not have last season. Still, I think Johnson is a better ballhandler. Yogi can create his own shot but Blackmon is much more effective playing off the ball if you’re counting on him to score.
    You and Clyde are hitting on a very good point–just because James wasn’t hitting doesn’t mean he quit shooting. I do think he had a combination last year of hitting the freshman wall and not being healthy, but he needs to be more judicious when he isn’t hitting.

  • marcusgresham

    I’d only heard of Bryant being sick, but that makes sense. If one of them gets it, as much time as they all spend together there’s a good chance someone else will too.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, for every Hakeem Olajuwon there are a thousand Bawa Munirus. Some day basketball is going to have a stronghold in those lesser-developed countries and those kids will grow up playing the game but until then it’s going to be hit-or-miss recruiting them.

  • Young Hoosier

    But you can’t just tell him to stop shooting. That’s just impossible and would probably hurt his confidence and trust. Coach needs to try and find ways for him to score easier and JBJ needs to let the game come to him more. He forced it a bit last year. But we him scoring in bunches.

  • Dmoe

    What do you Exactly Mean by that Comment?

  • TomJameson

    I think you’re talking about RJ, right? I agree that I don’t want RJ just jacking threes and defending. That young man is very smooth going to the rim, makes it look effortless. He’s also quicker than he looks. Good BB IQ, and working on taking care of the ball more. RJ is one of the unheralded players on this team … which is great as far as I’m concerned! LOL

    He’s picked by many to be the surprise player of this year. Now that doesn’t mean that he’ll be taking anything away from JBJ, it just means that JBJ won’t be taking anything away from RJ either. 🙂

  • TomJameson

    Now that would be JBJ, but I’d bet that he’s going to fix that this year and surprise many by going left.

  • TomJameson

    It really wouldn’t. Now I’ve read some comments elsewhere about how his “performance” at Hoosier Hysteria wasn’t very impressive … THAT would most definitely be affected by strep throat!

  • TomJameson

    Good podcast guys.

    One point about what Zach said when he’ll all see enough of the defense to start judging it. He said that he would sort of mark that with an asterisk, even until (maybe) the start of conference play. I, FWIW, think that we will start to see enough right away. Of course we will have to see more games to determine the trend of the defense (good, bad, getting better …), but we should definitely have a good idea after the Maui tournament.

  • HoosierBuddy

    Yeah it’ll be hard to gauge the team til we hit maui. Correct me if I’m wrong Alex but it looks like Ottawa plays Kentucky on monday night and then travels to indiana on tuesday to play. As the exhibitions will probably be fun to watch. We won’t really know what our team is made of until maui

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    enjoyed listening to what ZO had to say about CTC. i’m also getting the impression that he’s come a long way in the past few years. and i’m on of those who has been pretty darn critical of him. while i’ve always contended he’s a genuinely good person who works his tail off, i’ve been critical about his recruiting, his coaching, his public persona (both in the media and on the court), and of course his disciplinary methods. a lot of the criticism was fair, probably quite a bit was unfair.

    in the past year or so he’s really done a lot to win me back. first and foremost, he got rid of all the individuals who didn’t deserve to represent iu (not referring to JA, MH, or any other player who at the very least was smart enough to stay out of trouble), he got a couple really nice recruits with a couple more likely on board, he did a fair job of coaching with the pieces he had available. and it does seem that he’s a bit calmer, a bit more content. he’s not quite the hype machine he used to be. so the next step, get this team to play D, get them running like a well oiled machine come tourney time, get em past the sweet 16!

  • INUnivHoosier

    I think he’ll mature and figure out that when his shot isn’t going in, he just needs to look for ways to get other guys involved and take shots when they are given to him instead of forcing the issue. He had some issues with that last year – not letting an open look come to him. He took a lot of contested shots when he would have been better off just passing the ball. In games where he was on, they went in. In games where he wasn’t, well, they didn’t.

  • Ole Man

    Yep; RJ, not JBJ. To me, RJ is the better player already; and actually may end up being more valuable to the team. JBJ has to show that he can do more than be a volume shooter. I think he can, but he has to show it. And stop driving to his right and eating leather!! LOL!

  • Ole Man

    The Army brainwashed you! LOL!

  • I mean relax, you aren’t going to get a spanking, and you’re talking with regular people, not mysterious overlords who demand deference or inferiors who need to be made to submit. It’s fun stuff, about basketball, etc.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    The only good meal I recall in the Army was breakfast So I don’t think I was to brainwashed lol. Sometimes they surprised you had a good meal. OMG Chili Mac – I don’t know who thought that recipe for the Army but they should be drawn and quartered.

  • IUMIKE1

    I really hope so. I don’t know what the percentages of being successful was when he went to the right compared to when he went to the left, but it sure seemed like he did pretty good going to the left for it to be his off hand. Never understood why he didn’t realize that. Maybe he’ll realize that this year. Speaking of percentages and him eating leather, I would venture to say that he had his shot blocked at a lower percentage going to the left than he did going to the right.

  • IUMIKE1

    Yep, it became more and more apparent as the season went on that the other teams were looking to exploit him rarely going left as much as they were his poor defense.

  • IUMIKE1

    You might want to re-read Bob’s comment and then look up the definition of ridiculous.

  • IUMIKE1

    What Arch, Marcus and just about everybody else on here has said about Dmoe’s “comment”.

  • IUMIKE1

    I’d like to thank both of you as well for your service. You (and any others that have served or are serving) are always good for at least one or two free beers on me if you see me out. Least I can do to give back to those that gave so much more than that.

  • Dmoe

    With all do respect that subject is closed. Next topic please

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Thank you.. Very cool

  • Ole Man

    And they suckered him into driving right, then closing down and swatting his shot. And either he refused to learn from it (stubborn) or was blind to it.

  • Ole Man

    Remember SOS? I ate Air Force chow myself. And actually, it was generally pretty good.
    Fewer people to serve at one time; better quality of food.

  • IUMIKE1

    I think, at least part of it, was him having been able to get away with doing it (going right all the time) in high school, that it was almost an involuntary reaction when he drove, but one would think after burping the taste of leather as often as he did last year he would have made more of a change than he did. When he was asked about what exactly the feedback that he got from people at the next level was, something tells me that being able to go to his left better, and more often, was one of those things that he was told but wouldn’t put out there publicly. I understand why he wouldn’t put it out there publicly, but then again, it damn sure wasn’t any kind of a secret either.