POTB 109: Analyzing IU’s magnificent win at Michigan

  • 02/03/2016 12:53 pm 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 take a deep dive into IU’s 80-67 win over Michigan on Tuesday night at the Crisler Center.

Among the topics discussed:

· The atmosphere at the Crisler Center before and after IU’s run
· The big tactical mistake Michigan made early in the game
· How Indiana’s seniors stepped up after the Hoosiers fell behind
· The continued emergence of OG Anunoby and Juwan Morgan
· Max’s Bielfeldt performance, and how he was treated in his return to Ann Arbor
· A bizarre comment made about Bielfeldt by John Beilein before the game
· Yogi Ferrell’s continued excellence
· The latest edition of the Troy Williams experience (and what it might mean moving forward)

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

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(Photo credit: Dustin Johnson/UMHoops.com)

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  • JetpackJunky

    Not to ignore the actual content, but if Alex was still driving home, did Jerod finish recording the Assembly Call and immediately turn around and call Alex? And then author the Assembly Call email?

    That’s quite the night of podcasting, it’s a good thing it was such a fun one to talk about.

  • This was recorded today when I was driving back.

  • BL

    Agree with Jerod’s concise summary, OG “has to be on the floor”.

    Agree that NZ hit an important shot early that helped turn the tide but I’m still concerned that TC is relying on him too much in key moments. Frankly, it’s not like he hit a game winner or went on a run late in a game. Actually, NZ had another bad game as a supposed sharp shooter: 3-8 overall, 2-7 from three. TC beware.

    Unlike Jerod, my recollection is we actually went on the run when CH (vs. TW) went to the bench. Certain OG and TW were on the floor during the run. Have to confirm when I watch the taped version.

  • BL

    Going to have to beat Iowa twice and go 2-1 against MSU/PU/Mary to win BIG.

  • kaponya44

    That is a bit too specific as is any scenario with this many games left…I think what you are describing is more of what we have to do to have an inside track on top line NCAA seeding going into the B1G tournament.While that would also likely lead to winning the B1G ,we need to take care of the home floor..THAT is always first …We will be favored in Happy Valley ,and later this season in Champaign.On paper the best opportunities on the road appear to be those two games ..Taking care of the home court effectively goes towards securing the B!G top seed in the event of a tie as well..From there,I would think the MSU game is more important in terms of seeding since it is the lone match up..I hope IU wins them all and renders any of these other possible scenarios moot, personally…

  • BL

    Think we’ll be fine NCAA wise, especially if we win the BIG. The point I could have made more clear, when I look at Iowa’s schedule, I don’t see them loosing a game other than to us. Also, highly unlikely we go 3-0 against MSU/PU/Mary. Therefore, given Iowa’s current record, we’ll most likely have to beat them twice to win the BIG outright.

    Naturally, another team could upset Iowa but I wouldn’t expect that to happen.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    any chance og cracks the starting lineup? not sure if i like the idea, he seems very comfortable coming off the bench and playing a complementary role, so to speak (though that’s greatly understating his importance). remember how differently WS looked as a starter? after 2 years as the 6th man energy guy i got the impression he was somewhat uncomfortable. of course that probably also had a lot to do with his supporting cast that year.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I think he’s starter caliber, but I like the starting lineup as it is. OG is a great backup for Hartman or Troy, and both are more experienced. I tend to value experience in the starting lineup only because I think experienced players are better at setting the tone of the game.

    That’s one of those intangible things that I don’t think you can measure, and I don’t know that I could really defend it if pressed.

  • kaponya44

    I always like our chances of winning at home better..

    I see where you’re coming from..I think Iowa could run the table and the two meetings with Indiana are the BEST chance for them to lose..In your scenario we have a sweep as the difference.That would be the first tie-breaker should we only drop one of our remaining games (which you feel will more likely be at home)..

    I am only implying ,in my opinion ,that a more realistic IU B!G title scenario involves a split with Iowa and winning the tie breakers to get the seed.

  • BL

    I’ll take it either way 🙂 Btw, if I had to pick our loss it would be at MSU or final game against Mary. Anyway, we have a big mountain to climb.

  • BL

    Just for arguments sake, with MB on the roster, you wouldn’t start TB?

  • kaponya44

    We are definitely in agreement on taking it however we can get it! 🙂 .

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    let’s not go that far! haha

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    right, and i think it’s an effective way to not put pressure on them. right now i think they’re doing what’s being asked of them (which probably isn’t much) and then some. i think CTC’s utilized them very well thus far, including the decision to increase their minutes the past few games

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    being one of the guys who has criticized CTC pretty darn harshly for his recruiting shortcomings (both for the one he missed and for some of the knuckleheads he brought in), i absolutely agree with what AB said about acknowledging the home run he hit with OG. not to say my criticism was wrong at the time, but i think CTC deserves a lot of credit for this year’s class. and it certainly feels as though the recruiting momentum is trending up.

  • VanPastorMan

    I will always remember Keith’s last second shot against Syracuse. I was stationed at Grissom AFB near Peru,IN, and was the only person in the room who was for Indiana. Therefore I was the only one who jumped up and yelled at the end. GREAT TIME!!!!!!!

  • VanPastorMan

    Alex, it would have been a lot more entertaining if you had got pulled over for speeding. Then we would not have heard your crack about Ohio. LoL. Good work young man.

  • bleeding crimson

    I usually always listen to assembly call after the game here in S Ind. but it on am 1450 and the reception is not all that good. Is there another channel that it is on near the L’ville area?

  • dwdkc

    The run went on so long that there were a few substitutions involved, which given how hard they were going at it, didn’t bother me. Of course mostly because it didn’t matter, the team was so locked in!

  • Hahaha. Holy crap, now THAT would have been one hell of a night. Fortunately, Alex gave me until the next day. 🙂

  • This is a good point. Troy came back in and played very well during the end of the run. But it’s when he went out the first time that we started to settle in a bit.

  • This is interesting feedback. Would you mind emailing me? jerod@assemblycall.com. Would love to know how the experience is on the radio, as that’s a new distribution channel for us. It is not on the radio in any other markets, though we’re hoping to change that. 😉

  • Kevin

    Great discussion. Thanks.
    However, when Alex was driving thru the great state of Ohio, he should have been grateful for May, Eyl, Calloway, Butch Carter…

  • Kevin

    OG has to be on the floor- agree !!!!!!!
    To defend Nick for a minutes – he hasn’t had a TO in the last 5 games. 5 games!!!
    So, while I wish he would get HOT from 3, he can still be a valuable asset.

  • BL

    I want to make it clear, I have nothing against NZ. Seems like a really good dude. But … He’s averaged 20 minutes (BIG EMPHASIS) in the last five games. In those games he’s 8-29 or 28% (BIG EMPHASIS). You’re correct, he has no TO’s which is commendable but it’s primarily because he’s a spot up shooter; he doesn’t handle the ball. When’s the last time you saw him dribble drive and attack the rim? Personally, I believe BIG teams have adjusted to him; they close out hard because they don’t have to respect the drive. He’s not getting as many free looks and sometimes takes ill advised shots obviously wishing to make a contribution. Moreover, he’s a defensive liability. No stats for how many times he’s been beat individually but in 102 minutes of play he has 1 block and zero steals.

    NZ is on the floor for one reason: to give us a lift by hitting a few spot up jumpers. Not hard to argue, he’s not doing that well. If TC would start OG, he could use CH to replace the minutes NZ is getting. CH shoots it as well and offers a much more complete game. This would also provide an opportunity to give JM more minutes. When JBJ’s minutes were replaced essentially by CH and OG, we improved substantially due to the added length and defense. I think the same thing would happen if TC would recognize, as unfortunate as it is, NZ is essentially a net liability; at least as long as he shoots it under 50% (min expectation for a sharp shooter).