POTB 161: Indiana’s season is on the brink

  • 01/30/2017 9:33 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is now available weekly during the season.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall. Among the topics discussed:

· Indiana’s two loss week and what comes next
· How quickly things turned for the worse at Northwestern
· The play of Thomas Bryant on Sunday
· The minutes for De’Ron Davis
· Robert Johnson’s struggles against Northwestern
· The lack of hustle stats for Zach McRoberts in Sunday’s loss
· Indiana’s point guard play
· The signs being held up on the bench
· Adjustments Indiana should make going forward

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at [email protected].

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  • Fifer39

    Certainly true that we often seem to be trending the wrong way when we get to the business end of the season. Don’t want to flog a dead horse here, but I really don’t think the structure or strength of the non-con is helping us. I know it was probably stronger this year than previously, but that’s only because we played some really strong teams along with the usual 300+ rpi’s – and in a very haphazard order which can’t help maintaining progression or motivation.

  • Fifer39

    I honestly loved watching those teams – commitment, effort, battling adversity, all the things that make you proud as a fan. Although it’s easier to enjoy when your expectations aren’t so high!

  • mharv2631

    Does anyone else have a problem with this website “eating” your computer or slowing it down to a snails pace? If so how can I correct it? “Long running scripts, web site not responding etc”

  • Missing Moye

    Very well said. I really enjoyed watching those teams, seeing Daniel Moore out there scrapping and playing his heart out along with the rest of the team. The results weren’t good, but I was proud of the effort. That’s more than I can say at times this year.

    The whole expectation thing has a bit to do with it, too. 🙂

  • vicbert caladipo

    I have the same problem. I thought it was cuz ITH wanted to put me on a post “limit” haha : )

  • Missing Moye

    I’d say it’s more than a bit of a leap to insinuate that a disrespectful fan is most likely the type of person to beat children.

    I’d say more likely it’s a result of a younger, entitled generation that has grown up with internet anonymity, that are probably lacking in maturity and coping skills for when things aren’t going the way they desire.

  • Missing Moye

    In the “literal sense,” I’m pretty sure none of these players or coaches are going to die or continue living based on the results of college athletics.

  • Piker

    Well isn’t that because we played without a couple starters? JM still gimpy….CTC telling someone not to shoot? Come on Mark.

  • pcantidote

    I’m not convinced that we are better than the 2010-11 team.

  • Piker

    I truly hope TB demands the ball more and the guards deliver. They were triple teaming him when he got the ball and just kept fighting to get a shot, get his own rebound and throw it back up….a very impressive showing…I was starting to believe he was not that good…my bad…he proved me wrong. JBJ looked good, walking around with no braces, etc just sweats and tennys and jogging around pregame warm ups. I think he will dress next game but I ain’t no doctor. This team will go where JBJ, RJ and TB take them. I think JM will follow there lead and even lead but he is still not close to 100%. JN, DD,DG,CJ,ZM freshman and will play like it. I am still hopeful for a 10-8 season, which may not make me smart, and an NCAA Tourney bid. It is what it is. If someone thinks I pegged these guys wrong considering their class I have an argument for it.

  • Piker

    Forgot to add. OG good luck on your surgery tomorrow. Was hoping it would not require surgery and was hoping for a return this year. I know you could go but would like to see you in the stripes next year.

  • Oh, I didn’t mean that for realz. I was just surprised that JM wasn’t taking shots. And sure, it could have been because he was still a bit gimpy, as you say.

  • Didn’t know that about OG, my thoughts go out to him as well. If the NBA still works out for him after this year, then awesome. If it doesn’t, then I feel terrible for him and will look forward to watching him play his way into the NBA next season.

  • Piker

    I figured but just couldn’t let it go. You are one of the supporters thru thick and thin and always discuss IU rationally …. just thought for a second you were leaning toward the dark side and could not stand by without an attempt to bring you back. But you are right JM was not attempting shots he usually takes and multiple times he had the ball on the block deep and did not try to take his guy one on one. Figure it has to be physical with JM not mental, kid is tuff. Got to be ankles…..they just last.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Congratulations Yogi Ferrell. His team has now won 2 straight games vs 2 of the top 3 NBA teams. Tonight YF took it to Lebum James. 38 minutes, 19points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals and only 1 TO. That’s representing!

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    Agree. Didn’t watch the Northwestern game. Couldn’t bring myself to watch the implosion. Maybe the first game I knowingly missed in decades…

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    ..to clarify, I support these guys working hard and wish them the best. I just can’t watch it…

  • Austin Alexander

    Best comment I read all night…”Kyrie gettin’ owned by some bum a$$ Yogi Bear from the D League” LOL

  • Ohio Hoosier

    The most important part of your shot is squaring up and
    using your legs. I think his leg injury is not allowing him to
    do this as he normally would in the flow of the game. Not
    getting the same elevation on his shot.

  • Bankshot

    My god, what an ignorant comment. You equate freedom of speech with beating children! Stand down private!

  • IU84

    Our sidelines are nuts. It’s bad enough having one coach screaming at the players running up and down. I think its demeaning to the players BBall IQ. Don’t we practice this stuff? Example an inbounds pass strategy other than JN run the baseline and throw a pass to one Hoosier guarded by two opponents?

    Are the players told watch the sideline so they know what to do? It’s insane, at one time there were two coaches and the strength coach I guess (that’s odd too) yelling instructions to the whirling dervishes.

    And somebody get the strength coach some IU gear. We are cream and crimson.

    rumor on the street is the local 7th grade girls bball team lost their big rivalry game last week because someone lifted their game signs. Included among those taken are:
    “Call out Screens”, “hands up on D”, “Amber Rocks” and “Bigs don’t race to the top of the key for a mindless double team because it leaves your player under the bucket for a FREEBIE!!”

    apparently one sign was left behind: “how do you spell D-e-f-e-n-s-e!”

  • bball at nick’s

    I mean the entire basketball system is bloated, not just fan attendance. No amount of bloat can make up for fundamental basketball. I cringe when I watch those conditioning video bonanzas every year.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I specifically said the system was bloated. I was just commenting on the fact that the fan base and school built up this system that you now dislike. And you support it further with your season tickets (which is great!), then complain about it. It is a little off. If you don’t like IU basketball any more then stop watching and supporting. It is entertainment and a business at it’s core, that is just where college basketball is today. So enjoy it or don’t!

  • bball at nick’s

    I don’t know why you’re getting bent out of shape about me expressing my opinion as a fan who has followed IU closely over the years. I have never bought season tickets because basketball is not at the center of my life. But I enjoy the artistry and strategy of the game, and I have good memories of IU when I was an undergrad 1984-89. Also, I stopped watching games (haven’t watched the last ten or so games), so I’m ahead of you there, but thanks for the affirmation. I watched games religiously prior to my recent boycott and spent many many hours on ITH …

  • IU4Life

    DD should be getting way more minutes than he is right now. He and TB play really well together and have put together when they are in there and create a mismatch when in together. DD has great post moves and understands the inside/outside passing which gives the shooters clean looks. DD has a good shooting percentage and he has a big impact on defense almost every play.

    Does anyone think McRoberts should be getting more minutes than DD? Sure he has hustle but at the end of the day we need dominance. DD has the ability to be a dominant player if he gets more minutes.

    Newkirk has the best ability to handle the ball but he makes me think of Troy Williams sometimes as he drives into traffic without a plan and causes turnovers. He’s also not a big scoring threat and we can’t rely on TB to score all of our points. I’d like to see him and Green splitting more minutes.

    Finally, I hope we take it easy on Juwan. Do we need him in the lineup??…….absolutely, but we need to make sure he’s healthy enough to play. If Blackmon doesn’t come back this year we need to look to next season and don’t need him getting injured by coming back too soon. Save him, rest him, and maybe we can win the big ten title to get into the tourney.

    Get the signs out! 🙂 Go Hoosiers!

  • IdahoHoosier

    Cool. Sounds like you are all set. I just thought your criticism of CTC was a little over the top suggesting he should realize “IU basketball is better without him than with him”. As if he doesn’t deserve to be a coach and should resign out of respect for what IU basketball used to be. The guy is working to get good kids and bring the culture back to IU. We can’t turn back the clock and go back to what basketball was 20-30 years ago. The game has changed, the big machine/business has grown.

  • IdahoHoosier

    You may be right. But back in 2010-11 those guys played knowing little was expected of them, so it was all upside. This year these kids came in with high expectations, and every disappoint chips away at their confidence.

  • bball at nick’s

    Yes, I believe we would be better off without him, but replacing a coach is not enough; we need a different vision and leadership. I don’t know what that would be, and I can’t prove my point, and you don’t have to agree. And I could be wrong, but so can anyone with opinions. I can’t be a part of this discussion and in good conscience not express how I feel about our coach and program.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I wish JN reminded me of Troy.

  • IdahoHoosier

    It somewhat diminishes your argument if you have no idea what exactly it is you want other than a new coach. Without some solutions being offered, negative comments tend to just join the noise of complainers that post here at ITH. But you have a right to express yourself!

  • bball at nick’s

    I’m not pretending to present an argument, just a strong and informed sentiment. Intuition is just as important as argument, because nothing is provable here. Maybe Puddington can help with the data. LOL.

  • IUMIKE1

    I wish it would dawn on JN why it is that he is so open so often. It’s not rocket science, he just has to quit taking the bait. I can see one to take a heat check or hoisting one if the shot clock is getting ready to expire or something like that, but other than those scenarios he needs to understand why it is that he is so open and do something different.

  • BigBoi

    I won’t post it, because it’s just heresay, but supposedly there are some conflicts between the powers that be on this site and being completely objective about IU bball.