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 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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  • dwdkc

    Not by far. Purdue has more conference titles, Ohio State and Michigan both have a lot of history, and Michigan State has the edge thanks to Izzo the last 15 years. Maybe by a little.

  • OK, stop, cause you are making this stuff up.. First, not one recruit ever said they had no idea of Indiana’s rich basketball tradition.. Are you serious? There have been some who have said, I was aware that IU had a great tradition, but had no idea it was like it is.. speaking of the wildly enthusiastic Hoosier hysteria experience.. So yes, you did make that up.. or show me the article and quote within.. Then theres’ the bit about Cheney leaving soon after. I do believe HEcney was on staff at least tow and mybe three years. He left because he wasn’t getting named to the ‘head assistant.. and the reports at the time indicated, he did not want to put up with the rigorous schedule Crean demanded of his assistants. Crean was demanding that he spend the same ‘burn the candle at both ends’ types of time commitments and Cheney had just gotten married and become a father and was getting tired of the dawn til dawn regimen expected of him int he IU program. So yes once again you maed that up as well. . Now whether or not Dane Fife ever said that, It really doesn’t atter,b ecause there is no way you can twist that statement int an anti-iU type of thing.. But of course based upon your twists of the earlier scenarios, I am sure you’ll try… By the way, I hear kentick is looking for more fans.. whattaya think? You’d make a good one… Go for it big guy…

  • dwdkc

    No harm in making the call perhaps, but seriously–he’s working for and learning from the best coach in the game (at least in March), and is clearly on the short lists for head coaching jobs soon, so why would you not stay with Izzo and learn as much as you can as long as you can.

  • So I guess you’d kind of like take that as fact, huh? Like the guy isn’t trying to stir up controversy.. maybe sell more copy? So you rather just run with that, and build it into some additional anti-Crean rhetoric, instead of instead of realizing if it is in fact true, there may be some valid reasons why that might be the case. As in maybe Dane has given indication he is happy where he is, and would not move unless it was to an Head Coaching opportunity that felt right for him… You rather just unleash another blast at the program. I’ll stick by my earlier comment about.. I am sure Kensucky would love to have you as a fan.. Go for it big guy…

  • I’m sorry, but he is not.. Boo Ryan makes more than he does as does your’s truly Tom Izzo.. and Indiana despite spending those dollars had the 6th most profitable program in the entere NCAA and second only to Wisconsin in the big.. at almost 7 million dollars a year,.. and that is profit.. For you not so financially inclined that would be the ‘bottom line’ after the deduction of recruiting and other expenses that you are bemoaning… it’s also only about 3 1/2 mil ahead of MSU’s program.. Admittedly MSU’d football program is much more profitable than IU’s, but I don’t see anyway you can fault Crean for that one… So if you want to bring financials into it.. bring it… You won’t win that argument. You also won’t win the academics argument…

  • Read my last post above.. There IS NO reason for concern. Our profitability dwarfs MSU’s. Almost twice as profitable.. in fact… at nearly 7 Million dollars a year.

  • dwdkc

    Those seasons did give us some recruiting momentum, but sometimes recruits don’t work out as you expect. The “movement” was thought to be loaded, but I don’t know what happened with Patterson (don’t think he has done much), Hanner was overrated and too raw, Hollowell–the less said the better but he seemed talented–only Yogi really turned out. Then the following year we brought in good big guys with Vonleh, Fischer, and Devin, and none of them ended up available to us this year for all different reasons. But Troy can be a force from that class and Stan can still contribute. There is still some good talent on the roster as a result, but we have to get the guards and the bigs on the court at the same time.

  • dwdkc

    I hope Stan stays, he still has a lot to offer. But I’m at a loss to say who the 3rd “cut” would be as I like Max as well. It would be harsh to have Nick take the hit as he provided some much needed maturity this year.

  • Now that is a good plan. Find an assistant at one of the top schools wherein the assistant is known to have more or less built the defense they use.. make him an offer he can’t refuse and hire him. That makes more sense than 90% of the other posts on this thread.

  • Unless you’re intimately involved with the program, you have no idea what you just said. In fact on numerous occasions in the past when IU has come up wiith a stellar defensive effort, Crean has given all of the credit to one of his assistants came up with that defensive plan for the game.. So don’t just spout off that Crean doesn’t listen to his assistants.. When you have no idea what you’re talking about, or your memory is so short, or otherwise slanted against remembering anything favorable about Crean… that it dis- colors your discourse..

  • Greg if you look back at Alex’s post about that.. I think he was pretty clear that he was told that about IU.. and that it wasn’t his own opinion.. Go back and re-read it. I think you’ll agree you miss-quoted Alex.. or put words into his mouth he did not say, or even intimate…

  • AND, while I hate to even bring it up.. PUke has pretty much handed IU their lunch throughout history.. what they’re leading us by about 40 or 45 wins overall record-wise? The only thing we have that they don’t is NCAA Championships.. Which is great, but just sayin’…

  • To be fair, yes they have, but they do not compete in the B1G…

  • Yeah and if the dog hadn’t stopped to sh**, he might have caught the rabbit.. You really can’t say that.. because he did commit.. so get over it..

  • He can’t, he just being little Susie pessimistic… Kind of like a nagging wife that just can’t let it go…hahaha…

  • BMusic

    I have to laugh. What kind of fan are you, that craps on the very goal to which the players on your team are already re dedicating themselves. Would you say that to their faces? “Collin, Troy, Yogi…give it up, guys. Never gonna happen.” Seriously, I think there are IU fans, on the one hand, and a whole legion of amateur IU commentators on the other.

  • BMusic

    History buys you nothing. “Storied” means nothing. Banners buy you no uptick in offensive efficiency or assist-to-turnover ratio. I’m sorry, people, but what we once we’re is over. Kelvin Sampson saw to that. We’re starting from scratch, and considering that fact, the general trend is upward.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    If Fischer loved CTC, he would never have left.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    No one player elevates our ability, CTC had Vonleh and we failed. Kool-Aid must be in the water supply again. FIRE CTC!

  • PBzeer

    As I said elsewhere, the problem with a “name” coach is the level of expectation that comes with it, and it’s going to take at least a season, if not two, to really get “his” team on the floor.

    Just like there’s no magic cure for our D, there’s no magic cure for our coaching situation. I think our best course is to find someone who is starting to make a name for themselves (as well as understanding what defense is), so that team and coach become more relevant at the national level together.

    Whatever we do, no more “extensions”. It shouldn’t take money to keep a coach at Indiana. If it does, it’s the wrong coach.

  • enickman

    Tell that to Alabama for the decade of mediocrity prior to Nick Saban showing up! Some lean years for the Tide. What can get IU back to an elite level is simply commitment. The facilities are there, the recruiting base, the tradition of winning Championships! Everything is in place to be a consistent winner. Just need the right man in charge.

  • enickman

    Let’s see? 10 B1G basketball national titles. 5 belong to IU and the next closest is MSU with 2. 3 more banners than any other team in the conference? In my book 3 titles = by far!

  • enickman

    Check that history Ken. Most of that domination happened a long timE ago. By 1939, before Hitler invaded Poland, the series stood at 11-51 in favor of Purdue. Since the 1940s it’s been even with a nod to IU during the regular season and certainly no comparison when you compare Banners!

  • TomJameson

    That’s the whole point gn… sometimes, just sometimes to all the statisticians out there … sometimes numbers don’t mean squat. Statistics can be bent and manipulated to serve any side of an argument. Especially when you start applying outliers.
    Remember 78.8 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot. LOL

  • TomJameson

    Thanks Marcus, it is nice to put a little perspective in the mix. LOL

  • TomJameson

    Hahaha … I hope that guy retires soon … or never officiates at another IU game … ever!!

  • TomJameson

    Hanner Time, don’t see how you can speak so positively about how Fischer would think, but I believe that Fischer really was homesick. Don’t think CTC had anything to do with it. Maybe (big maybe and pure speculation on anybody who brings it up) had some chemistry issues with a couple other players.

  • TomJameson

    pcantidote, I think you’re playing to just one side of the equation. Like most things, playing defense is a combination of many things. Dereck Johnson mentioned that having that rim protector makes help defense easier, and it actually helps the perimeter defense.

    You are right that getting a big man on its own will not solve ALL our problems, but it certainly will help. BTW, I don’t remember anybody saying it will solve all our problems, just that it would be a big step.

    Another piece of the puzzle is to get the players to buy into the defensive playbook. It is really sexy to drop 3s or to have an ESPN dunk, but defense is a mindset and hard work. IMHO, after an offseason of weight training, as much skill training that’s allowed, adding a new defensive minded coach, and individual hard work … the defense will become much better! BUT it is going to take work on all of their parts, players and coaches.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    If you recall with Cody & Noah, they were used as the hub of a wheel. They moved around underneath, sometimes came to top of the key to screen/pick n roll. They never played other positions or came out to shoot 3’s, aka Frank the Tank. I think Fischer saw the writing on the wall as CTC rarely plays bigs gether, is Fischer with Noah. For Bryant to make a comment that CTC let’s bigs play other positions in his offense is delusional, never gonna happen. CTC is a linear coach, not creative nor visionary.

  • TomJameson

    This year the defense was bad, but as had been stated what seems like a gazillion times, the previous 3 years were not. So I really don’t think it’s a philosophy change. I think it’s a matter of circumstances that have been hashed and re-hashed. Young team, no senior leadership, too many new bodies, no continuity, etc ….

    In a reply to Casey, I really don’t think defense is 90 to 95% from coaching. Players really have to commit, and it’s really ALL the players. Don’t know if that percentage has ever been measured, so really it’s all opinion.

  • TomJameson

    I agree, but I also think consistent results are built with consistent factors surrounding the program. And not just one thing, but many factors. One of them is a fairly consistent level of classes within the program, talking about senior leadership. That’s what brings on the tradition of hard work and the buy-in of things like playing defense.

    Consistent factors is probably a thread in itself, but I’m harping on the hierarchy of classes today. LOL We haven’t had that because of the lack of the “movement”, which hurt us more than most think. But, IMHO, we are getting past that.

    Any proof to my opinion, or to the contrary, will be the results of the next coaching recruit (defensive coordinator or not), and the results of next season. Maybe a little to player recruiting as well.

  • TomJameson

    Come on bojak, that’s just patently an unfair statement. In fact CTC has proven that he is still trying ALL THE TIME to continue learning. Without “knowing”, I’m pretty sure he listens to his assistants. LOL

  • TomJameson

    Awwww, Hoosier Hall, what’s the matter with you?? What’s with all the common sense talking? LOL

    The fact that you are absolutely right has nothing to do with it!

  • TomJameson

    I can’t imagine being that negative about a program of which you are a fan. To be SO positive about the future lack of success is just an astonishing feat of mystical proportions. WOW!


  • KmanCRK

    Until he does add one of them, I won’t be making “if” statements.

  • TomJameson

    Most pundits, and a whole bunch of the members of this fourm, had this team picked 10th in the B1G and (maybe) a trip to the NIT. So, we outperformed the pre-season expectations. Did we perform to our dream expectations (final 4, sweet 16, whatever…) NO. But the FACT is, this IU team DID outperform pre-season expectations.

    Now, if the season was a little smoother in ups-and-downs, maybe the fan base would be a little less angry. I don’t think so, but maybe. I want more too, but I’m a little more patient than most (my wife would argue that lol).

  • TomJameson

    A little bit more than just barely getting in (a top 10 seed). But I admit, that’s a pretty small thing to quibble about.

  • KmanCRK

    Well if you are counting post-season bonuses then I’m certain they both make more than Crean (see if you can sense the point being made). They don’t make more in base pay though, I’ll rely on Rivals and the Indy Star over you Ken.

    And I think its time to declare you the undisputed leader of the Crean apologists. If you are willing to give him credit for the financials. Too many articles have been written giving this credit to Glass. Classic

  • KmanCRK

    read something. comments were made recently by both Hoetzel and Rob John.

  • KmanCRK

    keep being happy with mediocrity my friend. It suits you well.

  • KmanCRK

    From what I’ve heard this is 100% correct. Family loved Crean, until Luke on campus…

  • KmanCRK

    define “less” please. I’m very confused.

  • KmanCRK

    I had very high hopes for HMP this past year. And after seeing his “progress” especially on defense, I am not that excited anymore about his “potential”.

  • TomJameson

    Okay Guyton, I agree with all the full support to our coach and team parts, but I do have a couple of other things.

    Don’t know what you mean by saying “Crean’s ceiling is lower than a championship because he’s only a player’s coach” I’m pretty sure he would love to win a championship, and that is his ultimate goal.
    And the Syracuse game you are putting the blame all on CTC and the “bad” draw. What you and all folks who bring up only one reason for that loss continue to leave out, is that our best and most consistent 3-pt shooter was playing with a separated shoulder. AND, just coincidently, 3-pt shooting is the BEST way to break a zone.

  • KmanCRK

    rumors of Stan and Mad Max. Mad Max due to playing time with too many wings. I really hope neither are true. I think both still have tremendous upside potential, not to mention I’d like for IU at some point to get to where we are Jr. & Sr. focused rather than recruiting over guys and seeing a team led by mostly Sophomores and Freshman annually.

  • TomJameson

    Hahahaha, the reasons for a loss are seldom that simple. Don’t forget the horrible 3-pt shooting, officiating (something we need to get used to), youngest team in the field, etc… There are almost always multiple reasons for a loss. You can’t really point to one play, but you can point to multiple reasons. In this one yes, defense was ONE of the reasons we lost.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree with you Tom that constant roster churn has hurt the team. No question, teams with seniors (ala MSU) are more prepared to shine in big moments. Yogi & HMP returning will be important.

    I realize there will be at least 2 players who have to leave, possibly 3. But I hope the rotation players from this year all return.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I’m not sure why anyone on this site feels the need to judge the fandom of others and suggest they should root for another university but I don’t want to get into any back and forth arguments…I do like for there to be accuracy though so I’ll post the two recent quotes to clear up whether or not “KmanCRK” is “making this stuff up”…

    This excerpt is taken from an Indy Star story that ran on March 21:
    “Just as telling? Two IU freshmen told me they reported to campus without any idea of their program’s legacy. “I didn’t know,” said IU guard Robert Johnson of Richmond, VA. “Being here, I do now.”
    Said IU forward Max Hoetzel of Calabasas, Calif: “Not until I got here (did I know the Hoosiers history).””

    It doesn’t really matter whether they knew but KmanCRK wasn’t just pulling that stuff out of thin air…two current players had absolutely no clue about the program’s history.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i actually think one player could possibly improve our defense significantly next year (and our offense too). to me, i think the problem this year was a snowball effect of sorts. i’m not nearly as good at breaking down strategy as some of the guys who post on here, but i know this: when you’ve got guards trying to defend centers, they’re naturally going to need help. that’s going to leave an open man pretty much all the time. not to mention, it was easy to see the amount of effort they were exerting in an attempt to overcome their size deficiency (YF and CH come to mind, in particular). they’ve taken a lot of criticism, but i applaud their efforts. i think it’s inevitable that players were going to wear down mentally and physically during the course of a game, and ultimately throughout the course of a season (it’s amazing the amount of effort they exerted, considering they were actually out-rebounding teams for a while!). i mean, that’s pretty much exactly what we saw, right? and it snowballed from defensive breakdowns to shots no longer falling to turnovers to overall mental fatigue to a bunch of losses.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Hoosier — assuming we were to land TB, I would like to see a starting line-up along the lines of:

    Yogi – 1
    JBJ – 2
    TW – 3
    CH – 4
    TB – 5

    RJ (1 or 2), SR (2-3), EH (4 or 5), HMP (5), & MH (2-3-4) first off the bench. I am assuming that DD will need another year to recover fully (hopefully).

    If no TB, then I’d start EH over HMP — he has better instincts and will develop more over the year with playing time that HMP. Hopefully, by March, he would be a significant force.

    I realize that is 10 deep, but if they were to go to a much more aggressive defense, they would need 10.