POTB 162: Previewing Thursday’s showdown with Purdue

  • 02/08/2017 9:20 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is now available weekly during the season.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich discuss Indiana’s loss to Wisconsin on Sunday and look ahead to Thursday’s matchup with Purdue at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Among the topics discussed:

· Looking back at IU’s loss at Wisconsin
· The turnover problems for the Hoosiers
· The recent play of Juwan Morgan
· What’s Indiana’s ceiling now?
· How Indiana matches up against Purdue
· Can the Hoosiers score enough to beat the Boilermakers?
· The storylines heading into Thursday’s game

And plenty more. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at [email protected].

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  • HoosierOne

    The turnover problem could be a result of IU’s philosophy of position-less offense. That’s a great idea from a player development standpoint, and is helping the guys who make it to the NBA, but I’m not sure its a great idea when trying to win championships in a short amount of time with guys who may only be there for 1 or 2 years. For example, TB may be developing an outside game, but by the time he works out the glitches he’ll be gone, and we may never benefited from him mastering his inside game with consistently in the meantime. Playing good position is a fundamental part of very sport……having guys play every position seems like it could hurt more than it help at times with short windows. I could be way off but curious if anyone else thinks this is part of it? Also, the lineup and substitutions change so often so guys probably have a hard time getting chemistry with one another.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    it’s a great point. maybe you can do it if you’re able to get elite talent year in and year out, maybe. but i think what we’re seeing with the better teams is discipline, clearly defined roles, communication, etc… what you don’t see is players driving haphazardly into the lane and relying on split second decisions, or completely unforced turnovers 25 ft from the basket, or utter confusion on defense, or being burned over and over by the same play, etc…

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  • Kyl470

    Ethan Happ has no outside game at all. Doesn’t really go outside the paint area. Ethan Happ is also having a more productive college career than Thomas Bryant. Ethan Happ has a position and it’s called center.

  • IdahoHoosier

    All valid. What is the point you are making? No disrespect intended it just wasn’t clear.

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  • Kyl470

    That the whole idea of playing “no position” basketball is silly. Bryant being able to hit 3’s is nice, but it would benefit this team more if he was an unstoppable force down low. CTC spent the off season trying to make him a more well rounded player instead of focusing in on making him a primary post player. You can be a one trick pony as long as it’s a good trick.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Totally agree. I’m a proponent of having well-defined roles and largely staying within them. As a player you need to have enough awareness to know what you are good at and how to help the team. And as a coach you need to help the player identify and strengthen those skills. Nothing wrong with improving areas outside of your skill set, but there is a time and place for that.

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  • Kyl470

    If I’m getting really specific I would say that I have no problem with Bryant developing a three point shot. As a big man being able to set a screen and then having the ability to pop out to the three point line or roll to the basket makes you harder to defend. But having Bryant as part of the three man weave up top or handling the ball in general is bad for the team and for him.

    No NBA team is going to try and make Bryant a ball handling wing. He just doesn’t have the quickness to play that roll. He needs to focus on getting stronger because if he succeeds in the NBA it will be as a “banger” or physical player. If he can hit an open jumper that is a bonus. But teams are going to want him to catch and shoot or pass. They won’t want him to dribble.