The Inside the Hall Mailbag: March 24

  • 03/24/2015 7:38 am in

The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), via email, submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.

hoosierfan1 on the premium forum writes: Clearly Indiana has a lot of work to do to improve its defensive effectiveness for next season. In your opinion, what are the key issues that need to be addressed in the offseason to improve defensive effectiveness?

Obviously a rim protector would go a long way in helping to shore up IU’s defense around the basket, but most of the issues begin on the perimeter. The Hoosiers struggled to contain dribble penetration all season and IU’s help defense was poor as well. Without much ball pressure, IU didn’t force many turnovers nor did it contest shots nearly enough.

From what I saw up close – and I watched this team all the way from the Montreal trip in August through the final game on Friday – basic things like positioning and communication just weren’t there with enough consistency. Perhaps some of it was a result of youth, but given that IU’s defense never really made much improvement over the course of the season, that’s obviously not the entire issue.

Ultimately, the level of improvement is going to come down to how much the coaching staff is able to teach and emphasize what it wants to accomplish on that end of the floor and the players embracing what they are taught and realizing that without a major improvement on defense, the ceiling is only so high. – Alex Bozich

Sheri Fletcher on Facebook writes: Will getting one or two talented big guys help our defense situation? After watching Wichita State vs Kansas, I think we played them pretty darn well!

The Hoosiers definitely played the Shockers more competitively than the Jayhawks did, but they also struggled to contain the Shockers inside. After all, 44 of Wichita State’s 81 points were scored in the paint and another 29 points came at the free throw line. But to answer your question, getting one or two talented big men — given that they are mobile and be a shot blocking threat in the paint — can certainly help this team’s defensive situation moving forward. It would give this team exactly what it’s missing: a threat that can simply make life more difficult for opposing offenses. — Jordan Littman

Geoff_85 on the premium forum writes: Now that the season is over, the glaring need to make room for scholarships next year is upon us. Indiana has two signees for next season (O.G. Anunoby and Juwan Morgan) and are still pursuing, and seem to be in good position with, coveted big man recruit Thomas Bryant, or perhaps even Thon Maker. Do you have a feel yet on who leaves and where they’re going? At this point, in order to get Thomas Bryant and keep 2015-16 signees Anunoby and Morgan, Indiana would have to make available 3 scholarships from the 2014-15 roster, correct?

That’s correct. This seems like a question that comes up annually and each year my answer is the same – these things tend to work themselves out. However, the constant roster churn is an issue that clearly irks many IU fans because when you’re constantly bringing in new players, experience within the program takes a hit and class imbalance is an issue.

To answer your question, it’s too early to say who might be leaving the program as the season just ended and in the immediate aftermath of IU’s loss to Wichita State, no one was really saying much about plans for next season in the locker room. As of right now, IU is at 15 scholarship players for next season if everyone returns and the limit is 13. That means if just Morgan and Anunoby are coming to Bloomington, two current players would have to leave. If Bryant or Maker were to come, that number would obviously grow. Without speculating, I think we’ll begin to learn the answers to this question in the coming weeks. – Alex Bozich

@mgdoss79 on Twitter writes: if everyone comes back & we land TB do you think CTC can get us to the F4? He couldnt w/ more talent in 13.

Before anyone starts thinking about a Final Four appearance in 2016, the first thing that will have to be sorted out is Indiana’s defense. This past season, it ranked No. 218 in the nation at 1.05 points per possession allowed. For reference, no Final Four team since the 2001-2002 season has had a PPP allowed rate higher than .993, which Crean’s Marquette team with Dwyane Wade owned in 2002-03. That defense ranked No. 119 in the country.

Landing Bryant certainly can help with that. He can match up with other big men that caused so many problems for the Hoosiers this season (see: Venky Jois, Joshua Smith, Montrezl Harrell, A.J. Hammons). And he’s someone that can discourage opponents from driving to the rim every possession. But obviously, it doesn’t start with just Bryant. One player simply won’t improve a team’s defense 100 spots, nationally. Everyone on this team has to get stronger off the court and more physical on it. Landing Bryant certainly would help, but before the Hoosiers start even thinking about the Final Four, their defense will have to come a long way. If they can manage to do that and the shooting remains a constant, it’s not entirely out of the question. — Jordan Littman

THowenstine on the premium forum writes: Assuming Troy, Yogi, Nick, JBJ, RJ, HMP, EH, CH, and DD all return next year, AND we land a premier post player for 2015-2016, Do you see IU ranked in the top 5, top 10 heading into the season?

If everyone were to come back and IU adds a premier post player, I would say preseason top 10 would be a realistic guess. A lot would also depend on who leaves early at other schools, but adding a big man to an already elite offense would probably put IU right into that top 10 range with a ceiling to be higher depending on how much guys improve in the offseason, particularly defensively. – Alex Bozich

Kevin Sheward on Facebook writes: If you were working with RJ and JBJ, what would you have each of them focus their training on during the off season?

It’s a loaded question, Kevin, but for both Johnson and Blackmon Jr., it starts with consistency. As freshmen, they each were thrust into the Big Ten and while each had their moments, it wasn’t always game-in and game-out. But remember this: Blackmon started every game he played in this season. Johnson started all but one game. Each played a lot and got plenty of experience under their belts this season. And it will only help them moving forward.

But both Johnson and Blackmon Jr. certainly can use an offseason in the weight room, particularly to build on their defensive strength in a season that each of them didn’t necessarily excel in. And as each of them continue to be an integral part of the Hoosiers moving forward, they also will need to improve their poise and movement on both ends of the floor. Both also couldn’t hurt to work on their shooting consistency over the offseason, as they each struggled in Big Ten play behind the arc and inside, too. — Jordan Littman

kmark22 on the premium forum writes: Should the expectations be lowered on landing Thomas Bryant as the missing piece for next year and raise expectations on an improved Perea, Holt, and Devin Davis? Bryant is still an inexperienced freshmen.

Although Thomas Bryant will be inexperienced, he would be Indiana’s best frontcourt player the minute he stepped onto campus. He’s a McDonald’s All-American frontcourt talent, which, not to take anything away from the guys you mentioned, is difficult to land.

IU’s last two McDonald’s All-Americans in the frontcourt left the program as lottery picks. Adding a player like Bryant would allow guys like Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Emmitt Holt and Devin Davis to play complementary roles, which is where they are better suited. Bryant would very much change how this team is viewed going into next season as IU’s frontcourt could suddenly become a strength and a guy like Collin Hartman wouldn’t be counted on to play out of position. – Alex Bozich

mdtreat on the premium forum writes: How much practice time as a team are they allowed this summer? I know there are pretty extreme NCAA restrictions on amount of actual practice time, and that it was a little inflated because of the Canadian tour this past summer, so how much true team work will they be able to put in this summer and build a better defensive unit? It’s my understanding that a lot of their work is usually conditioning and individualized workout focused in the summer.

Here is the rule for what teams can do in the summer, per NCAA rules adopted back in 2012: “In men’s basketball, a student-athlete who is enrolled in summer school may engage in required weight-training, conditioning and skill-related instruction for up to eight weeks (not required to be consecutive weeks). Participation in such activities shall be limited to a maximum of eight hours per week with not more than two hours per week spent on skill-related instruction. An individual who is not eligible to use the exception to summer school enrollment (Bylaw 17.1.6.2.1.1.4.1) may participate only during the period of the institution’s summer term or terms (opening day of classes through last day of final exams) in which he is enrolled.”

So no more than two hours per week can be spent on skill-related instruction with the coaching staff. Last summer with the Montreal trip, IU was able to have 10 practices leading up to it, which is one of the major advantages of taking a foreign tour once every four seasons. – Alex Bozich

GregorySpera on the premium forum writes: Do you feel it is even possible for Indiana Basketball to ever again return to “elite” status? I realize this is dependent on how one defines “elite” in the context of the current CBB landscape. So Alex, what do you personally view as the bottom line for what expectations should be for our program on an annual basis? Is this good enough? Are we right to demand more? Or, like in the song, are our “glory days” behind us?

Obviously every fan is free to define their own expectations for what IU basketball should be or should not be. A lot of those opinions will probably differ depending on which era of the program that particular fan grew up with. This is actually a question I get quite often, whether it be on Twitter, email or even in-person.

I’m not sure there’s a “bottom line” answer to be had on the subject, despite what some radio hosts or columnists will say to grab ratings or sell papers. Some believe IU should be contending for a Final Four or national title every year. Others would probably be content with winning a Big Ten title every couple of years and having a chance at a tourney run every season. I’ve always believed that IU is a program where you can still win big in college basketball, but I’m also not blind to the fact that there are programs that have won multiple national championships since IU last won one in 1987.

So to answer your question as best I can, there’s not, at least to me, a clear cut answer to this question. And that’s not a defense nor a critique of the current state of the program, but I just don’t view the situation in general as one that is as cut and dry as others. – Alex Bozich

NCHoosier82 on the premium forum writes: Alex, What is the timetable for the Assembly Hall renovations? And, will you get better seats?

Renovations are beginning soon and will continue for the foreseeable future with a goal of completion prior to the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. That means Assembly Hall will be under construction for all of next season and it’s unclear, at least of right now, what parts of the facility will be affected by said construction while the season is going on.

As for whether I’ll get better seats, I’m not sure I could have much of a better seat than I already have. – Alex Bozich

Aiken_Hoosier on the premium forum writes: How do you see the McClain vacancy being filled on the coaching staff? The obvious name is Bennie Seltzer. However, it’s also painfully obvious we need to bring in a defensive specialist. Do you see us bringing in someone currently outside the program or, if Seltzer is the hire, will he be able to make an impact on the defensive end? Seltzer seems to be the “comfortable” hire, but with a sub-200 defensive team, I don’t want us to make the “comfortable” hire. I want to make the hire that will help us win more ballgames.

I’m not sure I view Seltzer as the obvious name. Is he a candidate and someone who will be considered? Certainly. He came back this season for part of the year after he was fired after two seasons as the head coach at Samford and after Je’Ney Jackson moved on mid-season to accept a position at Kansas. At the time, I viewed it more as Tom Crean being loyal to one of his former assistants rather than a potential grooming for a more permanent job in the future.

If he gets the job, it’ll be because Crean views him as the best person for the job. My personal opinion is that the hire should be someone who checks all of the boxes in the areas that the program currently needs to improve upon and someone who can help improve the defense is right near the top. I understand why people are bringing him up as a potential candidate, but I wouldn’t put it in the category of a sure thing just yet. I could be wrong, but that’s my view as of now. – Alex Bozich

@jeffdlightfoot on Twitter writes: Any chance IU makes a run at Dane Fife to fill McClain’s job? Seems he could bring toughness, identity, defense to team.

It’s unlikely that Fife would be pursued and also unlikely that he would have interest. He seems to really be happy at Michigan State and is likely to stay in East Lansing, but it’s also very possible he could land a head coaching job elsewhere. He’s obviously a name that Indiana fans would love to have back in Bloomington, just at this point in time it might not be entirely realistic. — Jordan Littman

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  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    If the perimeter defense doesn’t make drastic improvements it will be hard to keep the big men out of foul trouble..Getting a force in the paint will or should result in better record and maybe sweet 16 appearance but will not result in final 4…and that’s where the program should be competing for…we like to say “This is Indiana”..but the reality is we are not even Xavier..which has 4 sweet 16 appearances in 8 years..

  • millzy32

    If we do get this Rim Protector you make a good point that foul trouble will be an issue because we will still only have one rim protector when other teams often have many. That’s only 5 fouls and teams will try their best to get him in foul trouble always.

  • TomJameson

    I really don’t see any reason why the perimeter defense won’t improve, and I just can’t comprehend how anybody would even think we would open the next season with NO defensive improvement. It’s like how we “fixed” the turnover and (no) rebounding problem.

    There is a whole off-season for training, work, and practice between now and the start of the next season. Surely nobody believes the whole team takes the entire time off. Can’t everybody see that defensive improvement will be at the TOP of the list of things for this team?

    I think that with the amount of coaching allowed, the major focus will be on defense, with a minor focus in offense. Individuals will/should (IMO) be encouraged to work on weight and strength conditioning, stamina training, and their shooting skills. I would ask them to shoot AT LEAST a hundred free-throws a day.

    The coaching staff, including the new defensive coordinator position (I hope) should be concentrating on their own defensive strategies, which I hope will include a press to go along with the overall more pressure defense we’ll have.

    I truly believe that we are only one season of hard work, from both players and staff, from becoming a VERY dangerous NCAA team.

    But maybe it’s the optimist in me.

  • TomJameson

    Bryant, HMP, Holt, Devin … there’s 20 fouls right there! We won’t be playing an elite big every game, but even so the latter 3 players can still impact the game and give a relief to our MAIN rim protector.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I posted (in the Film Session thread) the defensive efficiency rankings of Tom Crean’s squads going back to 2003…none of those team’s was in the top 25 (the cutoff for national champs if you go by historical precedence) and seven of them were ranked 100 or worse. I don’t know that it says anything definitive about Tom Crean’s ability to coach defense or perhaps his emphasis on defense but I feel that having a consistently good defensive program is really important and I’m not sure why anyone should realistically expect that IU will improve enough defensively to meet the expectations that many are already placing on next year’s squad. That’s just my opinion though…

  • Hoosierkamp

    I love IU hoops. Land TB!!!!!!! lets get back to top 10!!!!

  • KmanCRK

    The basics of help side defense and the tried and true method of seeing the ball and your man has always been a cluster under Crean. If we get a solid big it will help, but only in masking the deficiencies, it won’t fix them.

    Sad to think we wouldn’t make a run at Fife, regardless of his interest level. Crean clearly doesn’t understand the value in having IU guys on the staff. If he had IU guys on the staff recruiting, I can assure you our incoming freshman would understand IU’s history before stepping campus.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Given that CTC’s final four team was not strong defensively, I would love to see CTC bring on staff a defensive minded assistant coach. With all the talk of Bob H at West Virgina bringing in a defensive minded assistant, the same concept could be employed at IU. Bring in a defensive coach who will look at the team and figure out how to get the most defensively out of our talent. The current team does not lack talent or work ethic, now we just need someone to come in with the mindset to fix the glaring problem and help take the team the next level. Maybe hire Michael Lewis away from Butler, or one of Shocka Smart’s assistants.

  • pcantidote

    Exactly. It drives me nuts when people say that getting a big man to “protect the rim” will solve all of our problems. NO, playing sound fundamental help side ball-you-man defense will protect the rim.

  • Casey

    I was saying this to a buddy the other day. They need a defensive coordinator. Defense at this level comes 90-95% from coaching. A great example would be the Pacers with Jim O’Brien as coach and then Frank Vogel as coach. Same players, better defense.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Ok, here is one totally off the wall to replace McClain–How about Jim Crews to be new associate head coach, primarily in charge of the defense? Quite the pedigree with Knight and Majeros. He had an awful record this year at St. Louis. Just dreaming.

  • IULore

    i think the 12-13 team played well enough defensively to win it all, just ran into a wall on offense with injuries, and a bad match-up. Get a good defensive big and things will get much better.

  • pbhuff

    Though, for 3 of those 7 years, Tom Pritchard was Crean’s only decent true post player.

    I think Crean’s defense is workable when there is a legitimate rim protector in the lineup.

  • CreamandCrimson

    St. Louis’ defense this season is ranked 185th but was ranked 7th last season. At Army, his squads were ranked 90th, 61st, 118th, 325th (!), 326th(!), 246th and 310th.

    I really don’t think he’d be any kind of help on the defensive end and I’m not sure he’d be any kind of an attractive option if he didn’t have ties to IU in his distant past. It’s just my opinion but I wouldn’t be in favor of bringing him in (if he were even interested).

  • I really do not understand HOW YOU CAN START OUT.. “Sad to think we wouldn’t…etc., etc. and then suddenly, without knowing if Crean has in fact talked to Fife or not,, You suddenly turn it into a… “Crean clearly doesn’t understand the value..,etc., etc. That is a joke… How do you make that quantum leap in one paragraph, with no evidence to support your conclusion It is abundantly clear logic is NOT your strong suit… With logic like that, how can you expect us to believe you could assure us of anything.. You make me laugh.. and not in admiration.

  • I agree whole heartedly with those who believe an assistant with good background of defensive success at this level would be a great hire at this time in the program. I am sure Crean is aware of that as well. Now the trick is to find that guy…

  • CreamandCrimson

    You’re not wrong, the roster limitations certainly played a role for a few of those years…that being said, does a “workable” defense equal a consistently good to great program?

  • Ole Man

    Five appearances in seven years….3 of those in a row. And one of those was a trip to the Elite Eight.

  • I really doubt the Crews would be interested in stepping back down to an assistant position, unless he is forced to. Not sure what hid acumen toward coaching defense is… I would leave that to those that might consider such a scenario.. I mean we can throw suspects up against the wall all day long as far as who might or might not qualify.. or be a candidate in some weird way.. The trick is to find the guy with the best qualifications to fit the position.. that is available, both from a contract standpoint and from a mentality standpoint, I.e., does he really want to be in that position at IU… That is part of Crean’s job. It will be interesting to see what happens on this one though.

  • Ole Man

    That’s 20 fouls and 13 possible opportunities to score from the FT line.

  • pbhuff

    Crean would need to somehow could get a constant stream of McD AA post players coming in on a yearly basis, then yes he would have a consistently good/great program, though I don’t think that’s going to happen.

  • IUBizmark

    Remember that’s only 3 years. The numbers he had at UM weren’t good either. I don’t care if it’s his ability or his emphasis, but it is up to Tom to get it handled before next season. Tom’s out of excuses. WSU and others do more with less.

  • Bill Graham

    One point people need to consider is we do not just need any big. We need a mobile big. Crean constantly uses the sprinting 5 for transition dunk-time. Also Troy needs a mobile big..(what do I mean) I mean this. Troy did really well against teams that tightly guarded our perimeter (why?) because there was very little help on the baseline. We need a big with high post-low post (and dare I say even dribble drive) capabilities…A big like this can pop out and pull the help-side up (thus making Troy a probable lottery pick). Additionally this would eventually make the perimeter guys dig more which gives Yogi, James, Rob all more time to shoot.
    This has no intended reference for Bryant or any other recruit its just pointing out that we need a good fit over flash. (Ex: think of how big’s like Tarczweski, and Karnowski, would have fit into our offense…They stay so low that Troy’s-weak side exploitation would have been hindered…now think about a pick and pop guy like Kaminsky or Turner now the interior D is spread and Troy has more dunk room.

  • Gregory Spera

    “So to answer your question as best I can, there’s not, at least to me, a clear cut answer to this question.”

    Boo! I know there is no ONE “clear cut” answer to this question Alex, that’s why I was asking just for YOUR personal opinion.

  • b_side

    The other side of the reality is that Xavier greatly benefited from the Sampson fiasco. Let’s not forget we spoon-fed them Holloway and Jordan Crawford back in 2008-09.

  • IUBizmark

    Curious to understand why you think Crean will make a philosophy change now when he’s placed more emphasis on offense during his time as a head coach.

  • Bill Graham

    Im not Alex but here’s my take. Short answer…not anytime soon… why? because programs like Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and even Arizona, have had consistent seasons. Recruits know they are joining teams that are “expected” to win their conference. They know they are joining teams that are expected to and have consistently been tournament competitors. They haven’t really had down-years of late.
    We’ve only had one up year of late…therefore, recruits are thinking “I could join IU but they haven’t really been a top dog…who’s to say they will this year?”
    ….We’ve got to pull a Butler here and over-achieve for the next two possibly 3 years before we start seeing 2 or more McDonald’s boys rolling in each year.

  • Hoosier Hall

    His record this season is due to rebuilding. He lost 5 seniors from last years squad that went 27 and 7…

  • pbhuff

    WSU more in the post than IU.

    I wasn’t really defending/excusing Crean. I would argue that Crean CAN coach defense, he just doesn’t have the ability to manage his roster to consistently do what he wants to on defense. Outcome is the same of course.

  • Gregory Spera

    “For reference, no Final Four team since the 2001-2002 season has had a PPP allowed rate higher than .993, which Crean’s Marquette team with Dwyane Wade owned in 2002-03. That defense ranked No. 119 in the country.”

    Disheartening to realize that even his most successful team ever did not play great defense. No Final Four team since Crean’s at Marquette has had a worse defense than that.

  • KmanCRK

    Simply a comment reacting to the answer given to the last question in the article my friend. The “expert” answering the questions said, “It’s unlikely that Fife would be pursued ”

    So that is the info I’m responding to.

  • Fife is likely going to land a pretty solid mid-major (or higher) job in the not-too-distant future. I don’t see him being interested in making a move to another assistant job. Thus, why even try?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Bingo. The vast majority of these top recruits don’t bother with studying the history of a basketball program. They may have a casual knowledge but for most of them its what’s hot, here and now. The 4 teams you listed above dominate the recruiting landscape right now and it isn’t likely to change until they undergo a coaching change. So what you get is monkey see, monkey do. Top recruits want to play where they’ll be recognized and they want to win. They flock together to the big time universities with the hope of quick success, fame and fortune.

  • pbhuff

    Though, what’s strange is that the year before, Marquette had the 13th ranked defense in the country.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Indeed…I’m certainly not going to tell others that my opinion is fact or that they should think the same way I do but I have enough data and a large enough sample size to make up my mind about the decision our program needs to make. It’s a complicated issue with a bunch of variables but defense is a huge one for me and I don’t see how anyone can reasonably expect IU’s defense to significantly change when so many of Crean’s teams have fallen (not just IU, Marquette as well) fell well below the standard I believe you need to have to consistently compete at above “bubble” status.

  • Gregory Spera

    I’m sorry, but going from being Izzo’s assistant to being Crean’s assistant is not a step UP the ladder.

  • IULore

    The shocker have better defensive players as well. We don’t have great lateral movers.

  • KmanCRK

    Why try? Why not try would be a better question. What do you have to lose? If he says no, so be it. At least you tried to bring in a solid coach with IU ties. Better than bargain basement shopping assuming anyone of quality will have better opportunities.

  • KmanCRK

    History disagrees with that last statement.

  • KmanCRK

    I feel like we are being relegated to being like Cubs fans. “Next year…”

  • TokyoSteve

    “not sure I could have much of a better seat than I already have”

    You sittin’ in my old seats, Alex? For decades my family fought over who could use our tickets for every game: section J, row 2, seats 3 and 4. Appreciated the privilege at the time, but not nearly as much as I should have.

  • KmanCRK

    Couldn’t agree more. But I sure would try. If Crean didn’t spend 3x what Izzo spends on recruiting, maybe there would be more in the coffers to pay assistants and give him another reason.

    Wishful thinking I know to think Crean can bring in a high quality assistant anyone’s heard of. Especially an IU guy.

  • TomJameson

    Of course, assuming the maximum fouls for 4 players are ALL taken. When’s the last time you saw 4 players from one team foul out of a game? Not very realistic chance of that happening.

    Also, if you want to bring out the worse-case scenario, why not bring in the best-case? In that instance there would be zero fouls called on those 4 players, and we would be dominating the inside.

    It’s all a matter of perspective I think. I am an optimist that is not unduly surprised if things don’t turn out to be real rosy. LOL

  • ForeverIU

    I still don’t understand which of your questions exactly you want answered. There are at least three questions you posed:

    1) What do you define as elite status?
    2) Should we expect elite status?
    3) Will we reach elite status?

    I’m surprised Alex’s head hasn’t exploded yet after thinking about all three of these questions. LOL!

  • pbhuff

    Crean has had more than his fair share of bad years defensively, but also had many years with good defenses (6 ranked in the top 50 since 2002) including the 13th ranked defense one year. I’m not saying that’s acceptable, I’m just arguing that Crean’s defense probably needs a certain roster composition that he’s just not able to maintain on a consistent basis

  • 5_Banners

    Along the same lines…Anthony Grant. Always had great defensive teams at VCU and Alabama just was horrible at offense.

    Not sure if he’ll take the step back tho.

  • Gregory Spera

    Alex himself has stated that one of the reasons this is no longer a top ten job in CBB, is because of the intense pressure to succeed from the fans.

    That pressure only comes from high expectations.

    Many contend that Hoosier nation’s high expectations are unrealistic, therefore exacerbating this undo pressure.

    So what should our expectations for success be?

  • hoosier93

    Do you think Mike Davis would return as an assistant coach? How would Hoosier Nation feel about that?
    Would it be possible to get Bryant and Maker with some sort of miracle?
    And talking about a big man that can protect the paint being huge helm for us… Idk if anyone here pays attention to the NBA… but when the Cavs brought on Timofey Mosgov it was a big time improvement there for them on the defensive end. Also Kyrie Irving started to put some effort in on the defensive end which i feel can be JBJ’s and Troy’s problems.

  • drewmiller1

    Coach Tom Crean is getting paid like a top 10 basketball coach, and preforming like a top 50 coach. This just isn’t sustainable. Coach Crean should announce he will coach the 2016 team for a $1 salary (he can keep the tournament bonus). This will mute some arguments that he is overpaid. It will also show he understands and is taking responsibly for the team performance over the last two years.

    I’m always reading fans complain CTC is “mediocre”, but I don’t think that is accurate. He is not a coach that will build decades of solid 20th-30th ranked teams. Crean will build a bipolar program, with deeper lows but hopefully greater highs.

    Maybe that matches the Hoosier fan base, that is both demanding Crean fired, but is also thrilled that we have a real opportunity for a Final Four caliber team next season.

  • IUBizmark

    What do you mean WSU has more in the post than IU? They seem similar to me. Crean could do anything he wants. He’s a smart guy. He just chooses to focus the majority of his training time on offense. Must be one complicated offense unless they’re spending time shooting, which is fine since we got a TON of ROI on that.