POTB 112: IU, Big Ten bracketology with Andy Bottoms

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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.

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In this week’s edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by the Web’s No. 1 bracketologist, Andy Bottoms of The Assembly Call to discuss Indiana’s prospects for seeding in the 2016 NCAA tournament, Big Ten bubble teams and more.

Among the topics discussed:

· Indiana’s 2016 NCAA tournament resume as it stands today
· The good and the bad about IU’s resume
· How the tournament committee will view the injury to James Blackmon Jr.
· Why Michigan State could be the Big Ten’s best shot at a No. 1 seed
· A look at Big Ten bubble teams and what each needs to do to get a bid
· The bubble nationally and the lack of leagues with potential to steal bids this year
· Best case and worst case seeding scenarios for the Hoosiers

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

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  • Ms hoosier

    Don’t understand all this love for Mich St. For what ever reason their 5 loses don’t seem to matter!! All you hear is ” they had injuries” or they would not have lost. I’m just really tired of hearing it!!

  • ForeverIU

    Go look at their schedule. Four of their losses were by one point (two losses to Iowa, one to Purdue at Purdue). They beat Kansas and Louisville. Some of their losses were without their best player, Valentine. And Izzo lost his dad, who never missed a game. Izzo is the most elite coach in the B1G and among the best in the nation imo.

  • SilentBob

    I’m sure the loss of his father certainly did negatively impact the on court product, but the committee can’t look at that. If you do you open the flood gates for any off court problem a coach may have. For example I believe I read Creans mother has been in poor health as of late, should our loses to Penn State and Michigan State count less because of that?

  • Ms hoosier

    I’m probably speaking more out of frustration as a Hoosier fan. I know they have a good resume its just frustrating seeing the Hoosiers at the top of the B1G and not getting the respect for what they have done without JBJ

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Or Iowa.

  • ForeverIU

    I’m just trying to explain why MSU might have the caliber of a #1 seed.

  • ForeverIU

    Our schedule only got tough recently. We were losing in Maui when MSU beat #4 Kansas very early in the season. If we had beaten Duke, we would have certainly gotten more respect. I’m not trying to put us down, just saying that our resume doesn’t really compare to MSU. I think if we win out in the B1G, we’ll get all the respect we deserve, and we might even crack the top 10 nationally.

  • BL

    Me too but unfortunately it’s true. Hey, let’s flip the script on them and be the best at the end when it counts the most. Don’t know if you watched the MSU/OSU game last night but I hope Coach did. Next time we play them (in the BIG or NCAA tourney) we need to put our wings on Valentine. OSU’s length really slowed him down. YF should take Forbes. Oh, and if TW plays the way he has been ….

  • bleeding crimson

    I totally get it that but I wonder if it is more of the fact the the likes of the ESPN’s of the world who really don’t like us. If you think about it who else in the big 10 are they going to give the love to like the ACC, Duke…SEC PukE, Kansas and so on. IU really as long as I’ve been a fan never really received the love by the pundits, If it we was to win it all this year, they would say something to the effect that it was a fluke. So don’t let it eat you up, Let’s just stand proud Hoosier fans.

  • bleeding crimson

    Sometimes my fingers are faster than my mind or visversa. If we were to win it all, they would still say it’s a fluke. I live in Indiana right across the rive from L’ville and all of the local news media is all about pUKe, lousyville and IU is an after thought on all of the outlets. I quit receiving the L’ville Courier Journal for such.
    I can remember,who’s name we don’t mention, made those phone calls which we turned ourselves in, and we got the book thrown at us as well as the media, but just look at the L’ville scandel, which is major and unlawful, it should be scattered on every station and followed like the OJ Simpson case, but no, so there is you love story for IU.

  • IULore

    We essentially got 3 post seasons bans because of that. I guaruntee UofL’s punishment is less.

  • Yes, I watched parts of that game.. I was so hoping OSU would pull off an upset, but it was readily apparent from the start that was not going to happen. I wish the first meeting between those two would’ve been in E. Lansing. That I believe then would have given the Buckeyes a better chance then when they got them in Columbus. The way it is now, I really doubt the buckeyes will come any closer when they get to Lansing than they did last night.
    I hope if we get a chance at Sparty later on, we can do a lot better when we get them on a neutral court.. Like most on here, I am so tired of all the love MSU gets in the media. but as one poster put it.. If we can somehow ‘win out”, hopefully we’ll start getting a little more love amongst the media.

  • BL

    I was hoping for an upset but knew it wasn’t likely. Thought OSU would have a better chance to pick off Iowa but with Tate out, not so much.

    Yeah, I’m in the forget the noise, let’s prove it camp.

  • Koko

    If we win the B1G we will be in the top ten.

  • Ole Man

    If IU wins, I’m sure it won’t be regarded as a fluke.
    Essentially, if IU begins to win “something” on a consistent basis, the PR will take care of itself.

  • Koko

    Agreed. I think they have been waiting to see how we do in our final games. The more we win the more PR we get. Winning solves a lot of problems.

  • Koko

    It is aggravating for sure. They show the B1G standings and talk about Mary, Iowa, MSU and even Wisky…..then a oh yah IU is leading. I must say at this point MSU does deserve it. Once again they are surging late in the season. Mary has not blown away many teams this year…it is more that they don’t when they should. They have a great team but to be honest I don’t think the players are listening to the coach or it is bad coaching. Let’s see how they fair at Purdue Sat. Iowa has shown they are vulnerable lately. We shall see how they fair tonight. If they lose tonight and we win tomorrow I think we will start getting more love. I’m sorry but you’re just gonna have to live with the MSU love at this point because I don’t see them losing anymore B1G games.

  • You know Iowa is at Michigan on March 5th.. Possible Wolverine victory there. But I really hope we can give them the ‘L’ in Iowa City next Tuesday.

  • Koko

    I’m thinking they might get an L tonight. Last time I routed for Wisky was when they ended UK’s streak. I will be routing for them tonight…..Go Badgers!

  • pbhuff

    MSU went 3-1 without Valentine with the one loss AT Iowa so it plausible that MSU would have lost that game even with Valentine. And in their worst loss, home against Nebraska, Valentine had 24 points 6 points and 6 assists, so you can’t say he was slumping coming back from his injury

  • BL

    Yes. Once we beat PU, I thought Iowa had the tougher closing schedule. Like Koko, pulling for Wiscy this evening.

  • ForeverIU

    In a way you are making my point, because what you are basically saying is that MSU is a great team even without Valentine. Imagine.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Thank you for stating the real facts. I was just going to look that up, because my memory serves me as it wasn’t multiple or “some” losses w/o Valentine. Too many on here keep blaming MSUs losses on not having Valentine when reality is they just weren’t playing well during their losing streak. Costello wasn’t near the player he is now…same with Harris and Davis. Now I’m still waiting for someone to tell me how Valentine came back so fast from knee surgery and we can’t even get a snippet of news about Robert?? And why did DD say last night that RJ was out? Again I ask. Is it some sort of IU policy why we never learn anything about injuries? Is it a Crean thing? I will give this a rest as to not beat a dead horse. It’s just I am new here and don’t understand all the rules, yet I certainly want to abide by them.

  • Dave Carnes

    Is it just me or does it seem when Izzo’s guys are out clubbing there oponents the refs look the other way.M St is better than when the season started but in an evenly called game IU and MD and maybe Iowa are just as good or better.