POTB 121: Mike DeCourcy on Bryant’s return, IU outlook

  • 04/07/2016 10:57 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 Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News to talk about Villanova’s national championship win over North Carolina, the decision of Thomas Bryant to return for his sophomore season and much more. (Note: Alex and Jerod also stick around after interviewing Mike to react to the Bryant news.)

Among the topics discussed:

· The greatness of the UNC-Villanova national championship game and where it stacks up against other title games in history
· How Indiana would have matched up against Villanova
· Mike’s reaction to the news that Thomas Bryant will return to Indiana
· Whether Bryant’s return solidifies IU as a preseason top 15 team
· How important James Blackmon Jr. will be to IU’s success next season
· An early preview of the Big Ten next season

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

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  • dwdkc

    I think it’s kind of funny to hear guys asking a national writer questions about IU that they actually are more qualified to answer themselves. Always interesting to get an outsider’s perspective, and for the most part I think Mike was reasonably on point and well informed.

  • Justin Beard

    Two in one week! I love it fellas.
    Anxious to hear what Troy does. A lot of draft predictors had him even lower than Thomas, so whether that plays into it, I don’t know. I’m comfortable with the idea of leaving those huge decisions that Troy may have trouble making, to the coaching staff.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    reading through all the way-too-early predictions it was obvious to me that several of the national writers don’t know crap about this team. and not just the ones who had us ranked out of the top 10.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i wonder if the TB decision has any impact whatsoever on TW’s decision. if this team goes deep into the tournament like it’s certainly capable of, he’s got an opportunity to gain a lot of national spotlight. look what it did for OG!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    interesting comments from MD when asked how IU stacks up against nova. he sure feels like we would have matched up nicely. and that UNC played their best game of the season against us. playing devil’s advocate, you could say it’s because we didn’t play good defense (i don’t agree. we picked our poison and every damn brick they put up somehow went through the net), and nova had to play out their rear ends to beat UNC. fun stuff to ponder, but doesn’t negate the fact that we got shellacked in the sweet 16.

    AB made a good point about YF that i’ve been making for a while. yes, this team is gonna be super talented and super deep, but i still think we’re gonna miss his presence immensely, and not just his scoring. it’s the intangibles…game management, leadership, toughness, etc… after that duke game, he never let this team get rattled. not even the couple times we got blown out. suffice it to say, JN has huge shoes to fill.

  • RMK

    I partly agree with you. I at least agree with you about the part that the interviewers know more than the interviewees, but this guy lost me when he said JBJ was the one who was going to step in for Yogi. Then he acted like Troy was the only other option. I’m convinced that most knowledgeable IU fans would say that JBJ being the point would not be a good thing. I thought DeCourcy especially showed his ignorance about IU when Rob Johnson’s name did not come up. He and Newkirk (based on all the extremely positive reports I’ve heard) are the obvious answers to run the point… I’m not saying that DeCourcy doesn’t know anything, but I am saying that most of the people on here are more knowledgeable about this particular team than he is.