After a long hiatus (also known as post-Sweet 16 depression) Podcast on the Brink is back to talk about Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller’s decisions to go pro and recap the year that was for the Hoosiers.
Co-hosts Matt Dollinger and Justin Albers are joined by Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz to discuss Oladipo and Zeller’s prospects in the NBA as well as Indiana’s season-ending loss to Syracuse.
Among the other topics discussed this week:
· Indiana’s projected starting lineup for next season
· Who will make the better pro: Oladipo or Zeller?
· Was this year ultimately a disappointment for IU?
· What went wrong against Syracuse in the Sweet 16
· Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey, Hanner Mosquera-Perea next year
So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The 1976 national championship team met with the media on Friday afternoon in Atlanta after being named the all-time March Madness team by the NCAA.
Here’s the complete transcript of today’s press conference, which included Quinn Buckner, Kent Benson, Scott May, Bobby Wilkerson, Tom Abernethy, Jim Crews and Bob Knight.
JIM NANTZ: 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, the all-time team. My pleasure to introduce the Hoosiers who have made their way to Atlanta. Let’s bring out first Quinn Buckner, Kent Benson, Scott May, Bobby Wilkerson, Tom Abernethy, Jim Crews, and Coach Bob Knight.
First off, I know it’s got to be, for you, a wonderful thrill to see your players here and to get this recognition, coach. Tell everyone what you just told me a little bit about this.
BOBBY KNIGHT: Well, Bobby Hammel called me on Tuesday and he says, I think we’re going to win. And I said, What the hell are we playing? How are we going to win? Then he went into some detail about all that you guys have done for basketball and college and everything.
Then he called me on Saturday and said, We won. My first thought was, and I would feel very strongly about this, never did a group of kids represent college basketball any better than these guys did. I thought what a way to honor these kids and what an accomplishment they had in terms of I think they are an ideal example to me of what college basketball should be about.
JIM NANTZ: Well, you look at them. You’re talking about 37 years ago, coach, more than half a lifetime ago. To see the bond that is obviously still there with the Hoosiers.
BOBBY KNIGHT: They’re still scared, that’s one thing. They never got over that one (smiling).
JIM NANTZ: I want to hear from all of you guys. Quinn, when the word got out to you that you would be reunited down here in Atlanta, be recognized with this great honor.
QUINN BUCKNER: I’m excited about it. He doesn’t like this, but the reality is we’re not here without Coach Knight. At the end of the day, that’s really what that is about. More than anything, it’s a real statement about what he has meant to us personally, I think to the university, and I think to college basketball.
Check out 12 photos of Noah Vonleh from his time in Chicago for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game in the embedded photo gallery after the jump. All photos courtesy of the McDonald’s All-American game.
WASHINGTON — Tom Crean, Christian Watford, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo met with the media following Indiana’s 61-50 loss to Syracuse in the East regional semifinal. Read comments from their postgame reaction below.
THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Indiana, student athletes Christian Watford, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller and Coach Tom Crean. We will start with an opening statement from Coach Tom Crean.
COACH CREAN: Well, we have had a heck of a ride with this group, and it doesn’t feel like that tonight, won’t feel like that for a couple of days, maybe longer.
But the bottom line is that this program has come from so far and I hope at some point in time, the seniors, the guys on this team will remember that they did things that hadn’t been done first off in 20 years at Indiana but more importantly there are not any programs, whether this be Syracuse, Kentucky, Carolina, Duke, you name it that are the blue blood programs of the country that have had to endure what these guys have had to endure. They have done it with perseverance, toughness, and improvement and they have done it with great class and they will all be better for it.
That’s how I view it. Our minds are around closure right now, they’re not. So we have to look at it that way. The story of the game for us is we didn’t take care of the ball enough. We gave them too many opportunities. We did not do a good enough job on a couple of their guys, especially Michael Carter-Williams and we couldn’t get over the hump. We couldn’t get that gap, that margin where we needed it to be. They played well and they deserve it, we didn’t play as well, we played extremely hard. They move on and we call it a great year.
Q. Christan, it must be hard to do right now but is there any way you can put into perspective your career at Indiana right now?
CHRISTIAN WATFORD: As you know, it’s been full of up’s and down’s but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love my teammates and I’m happy to be an Indiana Hoosier at the end of the day.
Q. Victor, what made their two-three zone so difficult? What kind of challenges did they present in their zone?
VICTOR OLADIPO: They were just long and active. We just didn’t take care of the ball like we should have. In the first half we got a little too anxious, catching the ball, moving out the ball, not having the ball secure in our hands, and our shots weren’t falling at the same time.
So that’s pretty much it.
WASHINGTON — Watch and listen to what the IU players had to say inside their locker room of the Verizon Center following the Hoosiers’ 61-50 loss to Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament East regional semifinal.
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