POTB 101: Reflecting on Duke and the Cameron experience

  • 12/09/2015 7:37 am in

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

In this week’s edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Chronic Hoosier to discuss last week’s game at Duke and the Cameron Indoor Stadium experience.

Among the topics discussed by the trio:

· Chronic and Alex’s impressions of Cameron Indoor Stadium
· What makes the environment special at a Duke game
· IU’s loss at Duke and what we learned about the Hoosiers
· Whether IU’s recent play has readjusted expectations for the season
· Indiana’s defense and what needs to change

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

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    those guys hit the nail on the head, and confirmed the same thing i noticed. this team looks absolutely lost on defense. they have no idea what they’re supposed to be doing. and that’s all on CTC. with all the time he’s had to prepare, absolutely zero excuse for the way they’re playing. yes, he lost a handful of knuckleheads. but still, that’s been several months ago. and it wasn’t just a bad defensive performance. it was a historically bad performance. historically friggin bad. that simply ain’t getting the job done. does anybody think there’s even a debate at this point that he’d lose his job after this season if it weren’t for the pricey buyout? i’m not even sure that’s going to save him any more.

    and i applaud AB for spending a significant amount of time criticizing the ridiculous preseason schedule. it does this team zero good, and the games are absolutely unwatchable. it’s embarrassing to me as a fan.

    bottom line, this crap shouldn’t be happening in year 8. is it even a question at this point that iu can do better? to me, the question is how much better can they do.

  • CreamandCrimson

    If/when IU decides to move on, the buyout will no longer be a factor. Tom Crean is owed 7.5 million between now and 2020 (1.5/year). He is contractually obligated to find related work if IU fires him and each dollar he earns is a dollar less IU pays him. That will offset a vast majority of the buyout. Plus, most buyouts typically end with the two parties agreeing on a lump sum settlement. In my opinion, money is no longer a roadblock in replacing him.

  • Koko

    Coach K said he couldn’t figure out what we were doing on defense. He didn’t seem to mince words. It appeared to me Coach K didn’t have much trouble figuring out how to handle IU’s “defense” in that game. Coach K schooled Crean on the court and in the post game presser.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    yeah, i don’t think so either. the thought of starting over once again is disheartening to say the least, but i can’t help but think it’s time. i guess he’s got a lot of the season left to right the ship. i just think it would take an awful lot at this point. finishing in the top half of the b1g won’t be enough. getting to the sweet 16 won’t be enough.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Those things won’t be good enough for me with this group and they won’t be good enough (presumably) for you but the question is: will those things (if they occur) be good enough for Fred Glass and the big-money boosters/Board of Directors that will make the decision to keep Tom Crean or go in a new direction? Time will tell what their standards are.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i think there is enough unrest from the fan base, local and national media, boosters, etc.. it may not even be that tough a decision. andy mohr simply won’t stand for this crap! haha

  • dwdkc

    My take is that there is pretty much a consensus, and continuing to play poorly coached basketball will make it unanimous. Since the buyout drops to 4 mil on 7/1, usually a negotiation ensues so both parties move on at the end of the season with the buyout somewhere in between 7.5 and 4. Given the provision that it is offset by Crean’s next job–which will happen almost certainly– money is not a factor by the end of the year. I just hope the lame duck situation doesn’t do any more damage beyond this year.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    the fallout worries me too. could there be a mass exodus? what about the freshman class?

  • MK

    See old school IU Fans – People outside of indiana like basketball too!!

  • LawguyNA

    This Podcast was precisely how I have describe my visit to Cameron for the game too. Literally identical to both Alex and Chronic’s experience. Hard to hate Duke after the people and experience was so incredibly awesome. Everyone was very kind to us guys wearing IU gear…

  • dwdkc

    A few recruits won’t matter that much in the overall scheme of things if we get the right coach. We will be able to get some competent players even if we lose a DD, for example. Upperclassmen next year like Hartman and Johnson won’t go anywhere, and Bryant doesn’t look ready for the draft. Keep him and the team will be pretty good anyway.

  • SilentBob

    Also if you bring in a coach like Chris Mack (who I’m a big fan of) then there is a chance some of his recruits may follow him over. Honestly Xavier has a better recruiting class overall than we do right now in my opinion, and that’s a pretty hard pill to swallow

  • Tim Lattimore

    I am a 1979 graduate of the Graduate School of Business (now it is Fuqua). Over the last few years the students rarely fill up their diminishing spaces and they have lost all creativity. We had to stand in line for every game, no matter the opponent. Now they stand in line really just for the UNC game so they can be seen on TV. The full paying fans are louder and more supportive than the students. Very disappointing.