POTB 206: Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News on IU, the Crossroads Classic and the Big Ten

  • 12/14/2017 10:40 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 are joined by Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News to discuss Indiana, the Crossroads Classic and the Big Ten. Among the topics discussed:

· Before Mike joins, Alex and Jerod discuss the Louisville loss, Rob Johnson and the Crossroads Classic
· Mike’s thoughts on Indiana’s daunting non-conference schedule
· How the expansion of conference schedules will change non-conference scheduling
· The adjustment to the pack line defense
· The emergence of Juwan Morgan as a junior and what Mike thinks he needs to add to his game
· Johnson’s struggles of late and why he’s important to team success going forward
· The Big Ten at-large and its prospects come Selection Sunday
· Where Mike sees Indiana in the Big Ten hierarchy

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

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but since they cover JM’s emergence, i gotta ask…is there any reason he wouldn’t test the nba waters in the offseason? any chance whatsoever he would actually enter the draft? especially if he keeps posting double-doubles? and his 3-pt shot is starting to fall now, too.

    what about D’RD? he’s showcased his strength and touch around the basket. on potential alone, maybe he could go in the 2nd round?

  • iugradmark

    I just finished listening. The conversation around Juwan is that he needs to prove he can make some 3’s. Mike did recognize that perhaps some of the reason he isn’t featuring that part of his game may be by design and what he is being asked to do.

  • IdahoHoosier

    I’m trying to look at it without my IU bias. JM is shooting 2/12 from 3 this season. And when you say his 3 pointer is “starting to fall”, you mean because he was 1/2 against Louisville and previously 1/10? Not enough of a sample size to say he is starting to hit 3s. He leads this team in scoring because he has to, but against pro defenders I don’t think he’d look great. DD would truly be going on potential and size alone if he went. So far he rebounds poorly for his size, and simply hasn’t shown up against many lesser/smaller opponents. Long way to go for both those guys I think.

  • N71

    There’s always the folks that say no way, they did it with James, Thomas, Troy, etc. Yet…those guys are in the NBA in some form or another. Getting back to Juwan, I’d say hell yes he should test the NBA waters based on the past couple weeks of play. I’d hate to see him go early but that wasn’t your question. DeRon I’d say is less prepared at this point but you can’t fake his size. I’d hate to think both would go early, that would be a real setback for us.

  • Kyl470

    No one on this roster will be playing in the NBA next year. If anyone goes pro early they will be in the G League or playing in Europe.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    sure, don’t disagree one bit. but that’s apparently an appealing option to some.

  • Dave Carnes

    RJ had wide open 3’s He has to make them or we need to move on.

  • RonMlarkey

    It would be nice if Robert Johnson just stopped shooting threes. His shot is abysmal.

  • dwdkc

    Juwan is emerging as a college star this year, although of an unusual type–he doesn’t blow you away; he just is very active and gets more than his share of loose balls and rebounds, effectively defends everyone from guards to guys much bigger, and just does everything well except shooting from 3. I don’t think his size and skills translate well to the NBA unless he can develop an effective 3 point (NBA) shot. If he does, then I think he can surprise us like others have.

  • Outoftheloop

    You move on. Robert plays really good D, rebounds, finds the open man etc. His shot will happen.

  • Outoftheloop

    He is shooting 30.2% on 13 /43. If he had hit 4 more shots over all games this season he would be shooting 40%. That is not “abysmal”, that is a slump that should not last!

  • Outoftheloop

    Juwan will test the NBA but not go. DeRon needs another year of college ball for sure and probably two.

  • Outoftheloop

    Juwan is a better scorer than Robeson at OK City and every bit as good defenseively, rebounding, etc.

  • Dave Carnes

    Robert has never made a pass that everybody in the building could not see coming. He came to us as the second best shooter in that class,He is the best defender on the floor but if he shits himself when we need him it ain’t working. He is a senior for god sake

  • Doug Wilson

    Man! You are Hard… Play back time. Yogi on the point, a tale of two freshman Forwards. Morgan and Ananoby. Morgan was a beast, if it wasn’t for a bum shoulder… Last season, Ananoby doesn’t go down. You all would still be bitching about Cream. If Ananoby and Bryant are saying to Morg’s. Hurry Up and get here, ya belong. I think I trust what I am seeing, and what three NBA players are saying more than an IU nay say ‘r’. Morgan is on fire, and on a Freight Train to the NBA. I hope the Pacers draft him. Oladipo would know how to use a Morgan. -Rah

  • Doug Wilson

    Has he ever gotten a chance to be a true wing player he would be in the NBA? That is the question.