POTB 204: Previewing Duke and an interview with A.J. Moye

  • 11/27/2017 10:51 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with hosts Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. The show is available weekly.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Bozich preview Wednesday’s matchup with Duke in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge and Morris is joined in the second segment by former IU forward A.J. Moye. Among the topics discussed:

· Takeaways from Indiana’s last three games
· The challenges that Duke will present for the Hoosiers
· Why it will be interesting to see how Duke responds to the atmosphere in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
· What AJ is up to now, and how he’s doing health-wise after his stroke from several years ago
· His reflections on the 2002 title game run, what made that group so special, and how Bob Knight told him just how good that group would be
· His relationship with Bob Knight, and if he ever wonders how his career might have been different if he’d gotten to play for Knight
· Why he thinks the Indiana staff needs more former IU players on it
· The pep talk he would give this year’s Indiana team heading into its battle with Duke on Wednesday
· Check out A.J.’s t-shirts in partnership with Hoosier Proud here and here

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

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  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Great game!!! Moye blocks Boozer!!!! IU wins!!

  • sarge

    Moye had heart! Loved his effort every game. If we hadn’t got Newt, we may have never gotten Moye. Glad they were Hoosiers. BTW, Jeff Newton was one of the best player’s ever in Japan. He retired a year or two ago, but he was arguably the best to ever suit up there.

  • IU22

    Great interview with AJ. I love hearing from former players from that era. I grew up loving Bailey and Calbert but that 2002 team is my favorite “Team”.

  • Ms hoosier

    A.J. Is a true Hoosier and i would love to have him on our coaching staff!! The man knows what toughness is all about and knows what playing with heart means A.J. Never left the court after a game with anything left!!

  • Outoftheloop

    WOW! What a great interview with AJ Moye! That last speech to the team is perfect! It is so obvious why the Hoosier Nation loves AJ! Great work!

  • N71

    I agree with AJ’s point about our tradition, its a little hard to explain if you’ve not attended IU. I remember buddies that played high level high school basketball at Anderson, Luers, New Castle, Broad Ripple, New Albany, LaPorte, Kokomo, and others. I also remembering kids that came from states far away just because they loved basketball and wanted to be around others with the same passion. The games at the HPER could be amazing, IU players, IU football players, and tons of dudes that could just play. I remember groups coming in from Kentucky just to play pick-up. There were girls as well who grew up and played high school ball. The basketball culture is thick in Bloomington because its where the state players, at least a percentage, convene for 4 years of their life, sometimes 5 if they spend too much time at the HPER. I know AJ was talking about having an ex-player on the staff which is a good idea but the culture is much more than just the IU Basketball team, its a big part of a Hoosiers’ life from their earliest years until their latest. Like AJ said, in 49 other states its just basketball, here in Indiana its something more.

  • bball at nick’s

    I remember watching that game standing room only on the second floor of Nick’s (and thus I earned the name bball at nick’s). Out of nostalgia I went back and watched the last ten minutes of this game. Here are some things AJ Moye did other than the Boozer block:

    Took a charge from Dunleavy and made both free throws.
    Rebound after a Boozer missed free throw on a Fife foul.
    Caught a bad Dpuke pass for the turnover.
    Defensive rebound on a play that ended with him scoring on tenacious offense.
    Defensive touch/deflection that resulted in a Dpuke turnover.
    Scored in the paint on a beautiful cut.
    More defense that resulted in a Dpuke turnover.
    Drew a foul that resulted in him making the first free throw and Jeffries rebounding and scoring on the missed free throw
    Tenacious defense.
    Drew a foul on Dahntay Jones and fouled him out and made a free throw.
    Drew the foul and made both free throws with 11 secs left, pretty much sealing our win before a dumb File foul (on a Dpuke 3 pointer that went in that might have taken the game to overtime … Phew.

    Come on Devonte … show us what you’re made of. It’s also a chance for Curtis to make his first mark of the season. Watch the Moye videos!

  • Ivan Renko

    spot on about your HPER comment. seriously, so many kids I played random pick-up with could easily play at the D3 level, and I bet some could have walked on to some low level D1 programs.

    it’s too bad they would kick you out if you dunked.

  • bball at nick’s

    After the 1987 championship I was shooting hoops on a slow morning at the HPER and Knight showed up and just stood there watching schmucks like me shooting hoops and playing pickup games. He had something to learn from anything.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Off subject a bit—

    Anyone know many teams have come into Assembly Hall rated #1 and got beat?

  • Ivan Renko

    UK in 2011 and Michigan in 2013 off the top of my head…

  • Thomas Simpson

    And 2001 Michigan State – the Kirk Haston shot

  • You mean coach Knight don’t you? Ha Ha

  • inCMitrust

    I was at the game. Just about lost my voice.

  • bball at nick’s

    Someone tweeted that we’ve won the last 6 home games against top 4 teams. I’m not sure if that’s true.

  • bball at nick’s

    Ha ha I’m a grown man now. I wouldn’t have dared back then!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Iowa in 1987? Ohio State in 1979 or 1981? uncle, that is a great question!!!

  • bball at nick’s

    Where is Arch Puddington? Are you there Arch? Miss you man.

  • purd…oh wait nevermind

  • great game. Never heard Bloomington so loud, bright, and crazy as that night. Entire town was thick with lights and sound. Everybody turned all their lights on, horns honking, shouting on every block. Never experienced anything like it. Noise from everywhere, a soft roar that you could feel immediately after that game, walking outside. Don’t know why everyone turned all their lights on, but it was oddly bright. Almost heavenly in its brilliance. The town shook.

    I’d like that to happen again and be there when it does. Do you hear that Romeo?

  • got kicked out for (trying to) dunk during inter-mural warmups.

    back rim.

  • best IU game face ever


  • loved Newton

  • bball at nick’s

    Great description of the aftermath, LOL. I experienced the 1987 championship celebrations too. It seemed like I was carried away from my dorm by the deluge of people pouring toward Showalter Fountain from every direction.

  • Ivan Renko

    HA I actually laughed out loud when I read that. Has purdue ever been ranked #1??

  • bball at nick’s

    The only number 1 they’ll see is the shape of Matt Painter on the sidelines, LOL.

  • Ivan Renko

    UNC last year, Iowa in 2016, Wiscy in 2014, Michigan in 2013, UK and OSU in 2011

  • bball at nick’s

    Nice! Thanks.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    They were as high as #2 when Hummel was a senior. We know how that turned out!!!

  • Ivan Renko

    That was actually a really good team, didn’t they have jajuan johnson and etwaun moore that year?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Yes and they were a really solid great team. They really were but succumbed to many injuries.

  • YES! He was so great in the second half. I wanted to get into that, but time got away from me in the interview.

  • bball at nick’s

    Thanks for the interview, it was a great idea. AJ is special.

  • adam

    MSU 2001. Haston 3 at buzzer.

  • Yep, same here in 1987. And the campus-wide shout when the shot went in is something I won’t forget.

  • Doug Wilson

    I would have lost mine. Haha! I was only 14 but still the coolest shot to date.. As I watch the team transition to Arches system. I can not help but go back and watch Knight era games. I actually think that in some ways Archie system is a little easier to follow. This could change though. As the team progresses through the years… Gotta love the flow of the half court offence. The pack line defence will take a little adjustment to my eye. One thing I do like is Archie’s teams can, will and do a full court press. So yeah a style we were accustomed to for 30 years is making a comeback. So while I wait for the next game. I watch a classic, tonight on YouTube is 2002 verse Duke

  • unclekerfuffle


    I also remember being at a game back in the day when Kansas came in; Andre Patterson got hurt that game. I believe that the Jayhawks were #1 and the Hoosiers blew them out.

    Of course, I’ve slept and drank beer since then, so my memory may not be accurate.

  • IULore

    Not many like Moye in the game anymore

  • Ivan Renko

    i believe kansas was #3 at the time of that game, but were ranked #1 near the end of the season.

  • bball at nick’s

    There are many like him in the South, where I now live. Aljami has the same work ethic.

  • unclekerfuffle

    I never had that problem at the HPER. Maybe because I measured 6’4” standing and 6’8” when I jumped.

    Still, some great memories of those intramural games in the late 60s.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Sorry I missed it. I had a previous engagement in New Orleans that night. LOL

  • unclekerfuffle

    That’s probably right. The Hoosiers took them out of the game from the start. Osterkamp looked like a deer in the headlights when the hall got rocking.

  • bball at nick’s

    Eat your heart out!!!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    love me some moye. played with passion, and had fun all the while. he’s a rarity in popular sports, tons of character without being the least bit phony.

  • John D Murphy

    I was almost trampled to death I the fountain that night. Some huge guy saw me under peoples feet and hauled me free.

  • Travis Mitchell

    What does the 2nd A.J. Moye T-Shirt even mean? I must be out of the loop ..

  • adam

    somewhere between robbies 6th and 7th years in college

  • bball at nick’s

    Bittersweet memory for you, LOL.