Podcast on the Brink: What lies ahead

  • 02/13/2012 2:01 pm in

After big wins against rivals Purdue and Illinois, Indiana looks to continue its momentum when it hosts Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Podcast On The Brink hosts Matt Dollinger and Greg Rosenstein breakdown the matchup and what lies ahead in six remaining regular-season games with IDS beat reporter Kevin Bowen and former IDS columnist and Peegs.com contributor Nathan Hart.

Among the topics discussed on today’s show:

· How the Hoosiers will defend Northwestern star John Shurna
· Cody Zeller’s performance of late and affect on this year’s team
· The program’s progression over the last four years under Tom Crean
· Verdell Jones’ role in the rotation the rest of the season
· The importance of road wins heading into the postseason

So tune in and enjoy. As always, let us know what you think about this week’s show and drop us a note at [email protected].

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  • What lies ahead.. is  a real chance to win out the rest of the games and be in a great place come Big Ten and NCAA Tourney time.  Some of the teams above us have tough schedules as they play each other. We can lose one of the remaining games and go into the Big Ten Tourney ranked about #12 and perhaps a 3 seed. Our young team improves more than teams with upperclassmen and a nice tourney run will make them all seem like seasoned veterans next year. Its all good!

  • Awunderground

    That is the most complete pro-Verdell argument I have heard. 

  • marcusgresham

    Given the job he did on a smaller guard a couple of games ago showing that he can cover people away from the basket, I’d say put Watford on Shurna.  He’s 6’7″ but the way he brings the shot from his waist he may as well be 5’10” and if you have a 6’9″ guy guarding him he won’t get it off.

  • Kennydescombes

    Verdell Jones in my honest opinion, is incredibly over-rated, and perhaps the biggest liability on this team all season long.  Verdell Jones getting injured has actually been a blessing for the IU team.  It seems to me that the offense and the defense has gotten considerably better with him off the floor.  I do think he makes a good cheerleader though. 

    In all seriousness though, the more minutes that Oladipo, Sheehey, Roth, even Abel and Elston get during Verdell’s absence, the better that IU plays. 

  • Kennydescombes

    I worry about the NorthWestern offense’s ability to lull defenders to sleep with all their screening and back cuts.  I actually think it is better to play a somewhat gemic style defense against them, so that Zeller can stay in the paint and defend the rim.  I am however not big on the perimeter defenders playing zone against anyone, especially NorthWestern, but I think that they should switch everything defensively. 

    I think offensively we match up extremely well against everyone on Northwestern but we are going to have to make shots, and get out on the break every possession but at the same time not take shots just to stay at a particular pace. 

  • Tom S

    You must have an unusual definition of “over-rated”.
    Or maybe that’s not fair.  If you HONESTLY (your word) look at this team and think Verdell Jones might be the “biggest liability” on the team he probably is over-rated to you.  Of course, you’re wrong. 

    And I’ll continue to say that VJ deserves more – a lot more – from IU fans than to regularly be subjected to comments like “makes a good cheerleader”, or told to go sit on the bench next to Etherington.