Podcast on the Brink: Episode 5.1

  • 12/08/2011 8:04 am in

Podcast On The Brink is back for our second episode this week.

Yahoo! Sports national college columnist Pat Forde joins the show to preview the Hoosiers’ showdown with the No. 1 Wildcats and discuss the program’s progress in its fourth season under head coach Tom Crean.

A former columnist for both ESPN.com and The Louisville Courier-Journal, Forde has covered the border battle many times but said Saturday will mark his first trip back to Bloomington in several years.

On today’s episode, Forde gives his take on Indiana’s 8-0 start and weighs in on the state of IU’s rebuilding project. Hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein also ask Forde about the health of the IU-UK rivalry and whether or not the Hoosiers will crack the top 25. And finally, Forde gives his two cents on whether or not Crean will eventually bring a sixth banner to Assembly Hall.

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop us a note at [email protected]. And in case you missed it, check out Tuesday’s show with ITH founder and ESPN writer Ryan Corazza.

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  • Anonymous

    I love Pate Forde’s honesty! He always tells how it is and you can tell deep down he wants Indiana to be back to national prominence!

  • Anonymous

    Guys, you’ve done great as always.  I’m really enjoying these segments.  Hopefully you’ll have a new Podcast after our Victory come Saturday. 

  • Anonymous

    Great podcast.  Congrats on getting Pat Forde as a guest this week.

  • Anonymous

    Great podcast, but I honestly hope Danny Moore provides energy solely from the sidelines.  

  • Anonymous

    Watford is the biggest factor in this game on our side. We all know he fancies himself a future NBA player. If he has any shot of making it to the next level, he has to be able to show up in a big way. He needs to go toe-to-toe with Terrance Jones. I know a lot of people don’t think that’s possible, but when Christian is at his best, he can be nearly unguardable.   I think Pat kind of sold Jordy short on his scoring ability, if they give him any breathing room, he will light Kentucky up.      Davis’ length could bother Cody, but CZ is the smarter player, if he can get him in foul trouble that would be more valuable than anything.       I love how cocky the UK fans are, if we beat them, I will find a way in to next year’s game to watch us go to 2-0, decked out in red from head to toe.

  • Anonymous

    Got the pleasure of growing up in Louisville reading Pat Forde in the Courier-Journal. Possibly the best place to become a college basketball reporter as you get free reign to cover three of the top programs. Not many places that can top the chance to cover IU, UL, and UK. (As for football, stay far, far away.)

    Great podcast as always, guys.

    And the more relevant question now is “Has Tom Crean proven he has the potential to lead us to Banner Six?”

    And that is a resounding, “Yes!”

    Go Hoosiers! Beat the Cats!

  • Anonymous

    Agree 100%. If he sees the floor, that is not a good sign for us, something bad must of happened (i.e. foul trouble, we are down by 20,  or CTC has gone nuts)………………..UNLESS we are up by 20 with less than 20 seconds to go, then he can go out there all he wants, dribble his speedy circles around the floor, and throw the ball up directly below the basket, so it can clang off the under belly of the rim as time expires……please bring us energy from the bench Danny.

  • Anonymous

    Good stuff. This is the first Podcast on the Brink for me. I had to hear what a renowned guy like Forde had to say going into this game. It was good to hear him say that the Hoosiers have a chance in this one. I’m not so sure they do, but of course I’ll be devastated if they lose. Jones is going to give IU fits. If they try to double with Zeller, Davis is going to own this team. They’ve got to figure out how to get the ball to Zeller early and hope they can get Jones or Davis in foul trouble. Anthony Davis is a force on defense though and his unibrow is very intimidating, but if the Z-man gets him in foul trouble and takes him out of the equation, IU has a good shot at winning. It was interesting that Forde mentioned the way pUKe converts TO’s into offense because I think that’s why IU has scored so many points this season. IU needs to keep it under 10 TO’s. They’ve been pretty good at not giving it up compared to the last 3 seasons, and they must continue to take care of the ball. Hopefully Teague continues to be a TO machine. It was interesting to me that no one mentioned Watford as an X factor. If he’s matched up against Jones, I think he’s the most important player on the floor, especially if he can keep Jones from doubling on the Z-man. All things considered, IU is overmatched in this one, and a lot of things have to be executed to a T for the Hoosiers to be victorious, but stranger things have happened. Let’s get a W Hoosiers!

  • Plane1972

    Come on, man. Is that all really necessary? Moore deserves more than pot shots, dude.

  • unclekerfuffle


    Danny Moore does exactly what he is suppose to do in his role on the team.  I wish others would fit their slot as well as he does.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not Moore’s fault. I would want to get out there and try to make something happen if I were in his shoes as well. The point is to highlight the absurdity of having a guy with his limitations play meaningful minutes in a game of this magnitude.         He is a great kid, with a great attitude. I and others have said as much in other posts. However, we have to move past the days of the water boy, and team managers playing. While we all like to think how great it would be to have “Ollie” come out and shoot some underhanded free throws to win us the game against Kentucky, its just not reality. Get off your high horse, and realize this is the big time.  If nothing else at least the freshman like Etherington and Abell could use the experience because in 2-3 years we might be depending on them to win a game like this.

  • Anonymous

    There have been certain games this year I could not wait to see IU play:
    UE (I grew up in Newburgh and back then UE was actually not bad), Butler (IU’s consummate Little Brother), and NC State (the first real Big Game).  Luckily in all three cases IU prevailed.

    I am even more looking forward to IU v UK.  I sincerely hope all the press this has been getting and even predictions IU will win does not go to the team’s head.  Like a broken record I say the team must play their absolute best.  I would not be surprised if UK is looking past this game.  Why wouldn’t they?  They have owned IU the last several years.  This will be their undoing.  Hope I’m not setting myself up for disappointment.

    I suppose on the bright side, even with a UK win Cheatapari will eventually be forfeiting all his victories anyway.