Around the Hall: BTN TV schedule, Blackmon Jr., Anunoby’s dunk, more

  • 08/24/2016 1:03 pm in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.

The Big Ten Network announced its “most compelling” non-conference TV schedule and has the details:

BTN today announced the most-compelling Big Ten men’s basketball non-conference television schedule in network history. The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10. The network’s schedule includes two Final Four teams from each of the last three seasons.

Premier matchups also include Oklahoma, fresh off a Final Four appearance, traveling to Madison to take on the Badgers and the Oklahoma State Cowboys visiting College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Dec. 3. In-state rivalry games will feature Creighton and Nebraska on Dec. 7 and Butler and Indiana in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis on Dec. 17. The State Farm Chicago Legends at the United Center will feature Dayton vs Northwestern and BYU vs. Illinois also on Dec. 17.

Chad Ford of ESPN Insider published Mock Draft 1.0 for 2017 on Tuesday with two IU players in the first round ($):

Anunoby was a breakout star in the NCAA Tournament, and with his size, athleticism and ability to shoot 3s, he fits the type of 3-and-D player that scouts covet these days.

If he breaks out again this year, I’m not sure he’ll still be around at No. 17.

Vigilant Sports caught up with Yogi Ferrell recently for a podcast interview:

Yogi Ferrell is ready to begin the next phase of his life, as a professional. After four seasons in Bloomington, the Park Tudor and Indiana University graduate will head to Brooklyn to prepare for training camp near the end of August, one month before camp opens.

Ferrell went through 16 pre-draft workouts but did not get drafted, although teams were interested in drafting and stashing him overseas. Instead, the 6-foot point guard elected to go the route of free agency.

The official IU Twitter account shared this video of OG Anunoby from a workout this week in Bloomington:

The college basketball staff looked at interesting alumni from each preseason top 25 team, including Indiana:

11. Indiana Hoosiers: Jamie Hyneman

The co-host of “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel has a degree in Russian language and linguistics from Indiana University. For 13 years, “Mythbusters” dazzled audiences by exploring myths from films and folklore, and it aired its final episode in May. A favorite topic? Perhaps the episode that focused on whether it was better to use an ax or firearm to protect yourself during a zombie apocalypse.

Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr. is one of the nation’s best “microwave scorers,” according to

With Yogi Ferrell’s departure, all eyes will be on Blackmon this season in Bloomington.

That’s likely fine with him. Despite other questions about his game, one thing is undeniable: Blackmon can put up a lot of points in a hurry. He missed 22 games due to injury last season, but when he did play, he scored at will – Blackmon averaged 15.8 points per game.

Blackmon is a fantastic shooter (46.3 percent from deep last season) and is capable of breaking defenders down off the dribble. He scored 33 points on just 15 shots last year against Alcorn State, and if the Hoosiers’ offense is ailing, Blackmon is the guy who can stop the bleeding.

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  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    i love that this team’s so deep that JBJR and his importance to this team’s success is IMHO getting way overlooked. his offensive production is going to be crucial. i think this team will have a balanced offense, and i think they’ll be able to put points on the board, but JBJR has to be the one who steps up as the go-to guy. the offense needs to run through him.

  • Nashville Hoosier

    I have a lot of faith in JBJ. I think this could be a big year for him!

  • Ole Man

    No, the O needs to run through the frontline–OG, CH, JM, JB.
    JBJ will get his, but the does not need to be the focus.
    If he is, IU will be a shell of the team it could potentially be.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    valid point, but JBJR will create the spacing necessary for our frontcourt to be effective. my guess is he’ll lead the team in scoring, shot attempts, and 3-pt fg%. i could be wrong though

  • SCHoosier

    I think you are right about James’ potential. . In that Bryant tape yesterday (featuring post up plays) I was amazed at how open he was because Nick and other “feeders’ were capable of hitting the three if the opponent doubled down on Thomas. The defense had to pick its poison.. Let’s h ope James fills that foll this year.

  • RDD#76

    Both JBJR & RJ can light it up from 3 and if either CH or OG help in this area there should be a lot of space for TB and DD to work in the paint this team seems to be very balanced then throw in quick pace they should be fun to watch.

  • sarge

    I don’t want it to be one-dimensional. Balance is best. We need the frontline and the backcourt to be deadly. I think we can be just that.

  • I see it like the UNC game in the tourny–we lost because no matter what we did early in defending their front court, their back count killed us by shooting uncharacteristically well. Once that happened, our goose was cooked (especially without RJ to provide perimeter defense). I see this team being able to kill opposition that tries to lock down TB and the rest of the front court, only there won’t be anything uncharacteristic about their shooting so well.

  • VanPastorMan

    Exactly play inside out not the other way around. I used to love the offense with Jeffries when he would get the ball down low and just toss it out to Fife,Coverdale, or Hornsby for a wide open 3.


    Spot on IMHO.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    That is tough to make that statement but you are right JBJ means a more to this team then people are giving him credit.

    He knows, or at least should know, he has a lot to prove on D and if he improves in that area and can still cut and drive then he will be one dangerous kid.

    The thing is IU will be to deep in BIGS and Wings not to go inside first.

    Side note though I’m really going to miss those baseline dunks by TW.

  • “around at No. 17”

    I’ll go 6.

  • I am of this opinion. As such, JBJ could/should average 18/game. Win/win.

  • dwdkc

    I think OG just welcomed McRoberts to IU basketball. Looks like the groin is feeling better. As for the BTN hype–that just means some of those better games aren’t getting shown on ESPN or even FoxSports nationally where they belong (IU-Butler, but especially Villanova-Purdue, are you kidding me?). ESPN will highlight a crappy SEC team instead.

  • CreamandCrimson

    So the Big Ten Network is broadcasting four of our non-conference games: Butler, UMass-Lowell, Houston Baptist and Delaware State. I’m sure the games against UNC, Kansas and Louisville will be on either ESPN or CBS.

    That leaves non-conference games against the following: at IPFW (I hope this gets picked up by ESPNU, it’s a very interesting game and a good challenge for us), Liberty, SIU-Edwardsville, Southeast Missouri State and Austin Peay (the best of “guarantee” opponents). It appears there will be at least three games on BTNPlus and possibly four…yuck.

  • straight no chaser

    My two favorite guys right here in the house: IUMIKE and Ole Man. Life is good. LOL.

  • PS IU

    Probably will appear on BTN as student announced games (usually a day or two after the game is played). That is what happened last season.

  • bleeding crimson

    I totally agree…we should have a great inside and very good outside game that should complete on another very well this year. All that have to do is continue to push the ball inside first for the higher percentage short then kick-out to the wings or 3 pts shots. There is no reason we should come down and shoot the quick 3 this year.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I think the focus can rotate to whomever the team needs to overcome the particular opponent. The team seems to have exceptional talent everywhere. Totally agree Ole Man; too much focus on JBJ would be a disaster.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Absolutely loved that group. Coverdale was the epitome of IU basketball.