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Podcast on the Brink: Offseason thoughts, Canada recap

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Podcast on the Brink is back for another season with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

Morris is joined by Inside the Hall editor and co-founder Alex Bozich, to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· How this offseason compares to last offseason
· A recap of Indiana’s five-game exhibition tour of Canada
· Hanner Mosquera-Perea’s importance to the team for the upcoming season
· Discussion of the potential impact of transfer Nick Zeisloft
· A rundown of IU’s 2014-2015 roster with observations from Canada

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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Q & A: Robert Johnson on fall workouts, benefits of Canada trip, more

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Indiana freshman guard Robert Johnson had a strong start to his college career as he averaged 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.6 turnovers in 24 minutes per game during IU’s five-game tour of Canada.

The Richmond (Va.) native recently spoke to IUHoosiers.com about the start of the fall semester, the benefits of IU’s foreign trip and more. The complete Q & A is available below:

On how school and workouts have been thus far:

“So far I think it’s been good for the team with workouts, weight lifting, conditioning and all things like that. Moving forward, everybody’s starting to take it to a second gear. Class is good, everyone’s pretty much adjusted by now so we’re just trying to keep the wheels rolling.”

On what makes Indiana such a special place:

“One of the main things by far is the support. Anywhere you go, you have people saying they can’t wait to see you play and they expect highly of you and they’re behind you no matter what. When you have fans and support like that, it just makes you want to work that much harder so you can have a successful season.”

On the importance of Cook Hall in your development:

“I think it’s like a second home now. I’m in here two or three times a day at least getting work in, getting shots up and that’s something I just love to do. I think it’s helping me raise my game and get better everyday so I think it’s good.”

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Big Ten’s top 25 players: 15-11

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With the official start of practice less than four weeks away, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season.

Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our third installment of players 15-11 is available below: (Previously: 25-21, 20-16)

15. Rayvonte Rice, Illinois (6-foot-4, guard, senior)
32.7 mpg, 15.9 ppg 6.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg, 48.0 eFG percentage

Rayvonte Rice hit the ground running at Illinois. He helped the Illini dominate their non-conference schedule and his scoring average sat at 19 points per game after piling up 29 points in a win over Indiana to open Big Ten play. Then came the rapid regression toward the mean as Rice only averaged 13.8 points per game with just a 42.9 effective field goal percentage in Illinois’ final 21 games. He’s still the No. 4 returning scorer in the conference, but if Illinois wants to play in the the NCAA tournament then Rice is going to have to make adjustments and find ways to be more efficient in Big Ten play during his second and final season in Champaign.

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Big Ten’s top 25 players: 20-16

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With the official start of practice less than four weeks away, UM Hoops and Inside the Hall have again partnered to bring you a preseason breakdown of the top 25 players in the Big Ten for the 2014-2015 season.

Our selection process involved much deliberation to arrive at a list we hope will provide plenty of reaction and debate. The series will be broken into five parts and our second installment of players 20-16 is available below: (Previously: 25-21)

20. Zak Irvin, Michigan (6-foot-6, wing, sophomore)
15.4 mpg, 6.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg, 59.1 eFG percentage

Last year we had Zak Irvin a bit overrated at No. 22 entering the season, but we also had his teammate Nik Stauskas dramatically underrated at No. 18. Irvin had a good freshman season – averaging 6.7 points off the bench while knocking down 43 percent on his three-point attempts – but he’ll have much bigger expectations as a sophomore. If Michigan’s trip to Italy was any bellwether, he’s ready to make the jump. Irvin averaged a team-high 20.8 points per game, shooting 70 percent on 2s and 67 percent on 3s in four games overseas. As a freshman, Irvin fell in love with the three-point shot. Three out of every four shot attempts last season was from long-range and he managed 146 three-point attempts despite only playing 38 percent of available minutes. Irvin will score a lot this season, simply because he’ll have so many more opportunities as he steps into the starting lineup, but don’t expect him to make a Stauskas-like leap into a complete playmaker just yet.

19. Deandre Mathieu, Minnesota (5-foot-9, guard, senior)
30.1 mpg, 12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.6 spg, 54.4 eFG percentage

The smallest player on our top 25 list, Mathieu had an impressive debut season for the Gophers last year. His assist rate of 31.1 percent is the best among returning Big Ten players and he also has the uncanny ability to score in and around the paint despite his stature. Mathieu shot 50 percent from three-point range last season, but only 14 percent of his field goal attempts were from long distance. Just over 70 percent of his shot attempts came within 12 feet, where he converted at a 54 percent clip. While we admire his courage to finish around the basket, improving his confidence and effectiveness from long distance should help diversify his game.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. McGill

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MONTREAL — Check out nine photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 96-69 win over McGill University on Tuesday evening at Love Competition Hall.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. Carleton

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Check out 15 photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 95-85 win over Carleton University on Monday evening at the Ravens Nest.

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Photo Gallery: Indiana vs. University of Ottawa

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SAINT-LAMBERT, Quebec — Check out 18 photos by Joe Eke from Indiana’s 109-101 loss to the University of Ottawa on Sunday afternoon at Champlain College Saint Lambert.

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