POTB 139: A potpourri of offseason topics

  • 08/31/2016 12:15 pm in

After a six-week hiatus, Podcast on the Brink is back with a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show will be available weekly from now until the end of the season. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich catch up on a variety of topics from their time away from the podcast. Among the topics discussed:

Among the topics discussed:

· Assembly Hall renovations and where things stand
· Indiana’s favorable opening to league play
· The non-conference strength of schedule
· The difficult close to the Big Ten schedule
· A 2017 recruiting update, with a focus on Kris Wilkes
· Al Durham’s national ranking
· The rehab of James Blackmon Jr. and how big this season is for him
· Juwan Morgan’s “workout warrior” award
· How increased attention will affect OG Anunoby and Thomas Bryant

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

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  • GaHoosier


    I hope you are enjoying fatherhood. Hope all is well with your family and that you are getting some restful nights.

    I must admit that I have missed POTB over the past six weeks. My job requires me to travel and listening to POTB makes the drive times seem shorter and more pleasant!!!!


  • Arch Puddington

    Interesting topics as always. One critique: there is a LOT of distracting background noise. Something keeps brushing up against the microphones, or else they are just picking up the noise of people and papers being moved around. It takes away from an otherwise excellent discussion.

  • SilentBob

    I still disagree that we didn’t get the seed we deserved last year because we didn’t play enough top 100-200 teams. We didn’t get the seed we deserved because we got embarrassed at Maui, same at Duke, and dropped out the big ten tourney early. If we would have at least taken out Wake Forrest and Vanderbilt our SoS would have been much better. If anything I think it could be argued that the increased odds of bad losses to 100-200 teams outweighs the benefits of possibly beating them.

    Rutgers aside, I think the bottom of the big ten is better this year, and will prove it. If we do respectably well against the big boys, and take care of business in conference play then we should be alright.

  • sarge

    Well said Earl. I too have missed the podcasts and hope you are enjoying fatherhood. My son changed my life. I love him and what my life has become since his arrival. Congratulations to you and your family. I wish you the very best, and thank you again for another great podcast.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    I agree and have been thinking that for a while. Alex, when you speak, it’s like there’s paper shuffling or something on your end and I have to strain to hear what you’re saying. Otherwise, LOVE POTB!!!!

  • I didn’t notice it until reading your comment, and now I can’t ignore it. 🙂

  • Arch Puddington

    My apologies! I am much more easily bothered by that kind of thing than most people; sorry for infecting you with my condition…

  • Hey, it’s not as bad as the time my son pointed out a small cluster of dead pixels on my just-out-of-warranty TV.

  • I may need to look into getting a microphone. Just using headphones right now.

  • TomJameson

    Bob, I agree with you, but I think it’s “all of the above”. I believe that the preponderance of reasoning is the Maui embarrassment, the early losses and lack of defense, and the B1G first round loss … but the SOS of the preseason probably went into the mix of the decision making as well. I even think the perceived weakness of the B1G was a factor, albeit a slight one.

    Unfortunately, we gave the committee plenty of ammunition to use against us if so desired.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i’m glad that we ITHers are not the only ones who are more than a little miffed (and frustrated) at the preseason home game scheduling. i can’t help but think it’s possible to get substantially better competition in here, and i just can’t figure out the motivation for scheduling games that provide absolutely zero value whatsoever. they’re boring (bordering on painful) to watch, they provide no kind of measuring stick, they don’t make this team any better, and of course they’re horrible for sos. is it strictly a financial thing? who the heck knows. i am excited, however, for the four games against ranked teams. but we damn well better win at least one, preferably against a team not named butler.

    JM (the host) asked an interesting question about JM (the baller) winning the award, specifically whether or not it would have been better to see one of the team leaders (i.e. one of the starters) win it. personally, i’m thrilled that JM (the baller) won. i love this kid, love his toughness, love his work ethic, love his potential, love his talent, love that he’s seemingly fully recovered from the shoulder injury. i don’t consider it a slight to the starters either. we know they’re gonna bring it. so to have a kid like this coming off the bench is really exciting. i won’t be surprised at all to see him emerge as the most improved player on the team.


    Our seeding wasn’t really what bothered me the most, as we kinda reaped what we had sowed so to speak. Here’s what bothered me the most, when was the last time the outright winner of any power 5 conference, regardless of how weak that conference was perceived to be that particular year, slotted to have to beat a team that almost everyone agreed was better than the seeding that they were given, then had to play the outright winner of another power 5 in just their second game, AND THEN had to play the number one seed in their region AND outright winner of a power 5. Pretty sure I remember watching some pre tournament show and them saying that that scenario had never happened to any outright winner of a power 5 conference.

  • HuntinHoosier86

    No problem! I still very much enjoy the content! I just wanted to make you aware in case no one had told you before.

    Sidenote: My wife works with your father-in-law at Ivy Tech. I told her about Inside the Hall a couple years ago and she got to talking to him, blah blah blah. Small world!

  • TomJameson

    Mike, I’m in the group that believes IU doesn’t get the respect it deserves, from the NCAA, D1 officials, nor the NCAA tourney selections. Like how Yogi got hammered driving to the basket and seldom gets the calls. IU seems to get the worse route to a championship, while other teams (UK), seems to get a fairly easy route. Life’s not fair, but that’s not a new lesson, is it? 🙂

  • SilentBob

    Exactly, but I don’t see the committee needing to dig that deep to justify our rating. Poor big ten perception, early season embarrassments, and bad big 10 tourney showing were more than enough. Ultimately one must agree, our performance overrules all. And I don’t see any amount of victories over 100-200 exsponging a loss to a Kansas or Louisville. Only victories over other top programs can do that.

    If this was a rebuild season after winning a title or something, I would agree with the logic of maybe shuffling out a Louisville for two top 60 teams. But for this kind of season, where a big ten championship and possibly more is feesible, this is exactly the kind of schedule you want in my mind.