POTB 175: Blackmon’s decision and more with Mike DeCourcy

  • 05/09/2017 10:54 am in

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

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Mike DeCourcy, who covers the college basketball for The Sporting News and is also a studio analyst for The Big Ten Network. Among the topics discussed:

· James Blackmon Jr.’s decision to forgo his final season of eligibility to stay in the NBA draft
· How big a loss Blackmon Jr. is for next season
· Thomas Bryant’s future in the NBA and his IU career as a whole
· The outlook for Indiana next season
· Expectations for Juwan Morgan as a junior
· The major differences between Tom Crean and Archie Miller
· The challenge for Archie getting this roster to buy into his system
· The Big Ten hierarchy for next season
· Will Indiana contend for an NCAA tournament bid?

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

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  • iugradmark

    Really good show again. While it may not be what fans want to hear, I think the projection for Indiana is pretty accurate for where we are. Quite a few things have to go right all at once for us to finish in the upper portion of the league. Key players like DD, JM, and Rob (assuming he returns) have to be reliably good. Josh has to embrace being a defensive weapon. Everyone has to learn the new system and some mix of last year’s class plus incoming freshmen must be able to contribute. Layer that in with a tougher league and I think you all nailed the right expectations for the team.

    The one area that wasn’t discussed is the expected improvement in turnovers. If we can be a better defensive team and cut down on turnover differential, we may be able to offset some of the loss in offensive production. Hopefully that translates in enough wins to get us into the tournament this next season.

  • Keith Haas

    There is still plenty of talent on the roster to make the tourney IMO. Buy into the defense, less TOs and we will get enough offense.

  • I think a guy like this is going to understate a little the impact of our new coach. He can’t (or won’t) really come right out and say if he thinks Archie is that much better of a coach, or maybe he just doesn’t see it. Personally, I think the difference in coaching approach and ability, not to mention the staff that Archie has assembled, will allow this particular team to accomplish more than some people expect.

  • iugradmark

    I don’t disagree. The fan in me is hoping for a big lift from Archie and his coaching team. I can understand that when you look at the players from last year, take out several that are going pro, you have to have a lot of positive assumptions to say the team will be a lot better and you have to realize the rest of the league will be better.

    Regardless of how people feel about whether we got everything we could out of JBJ and TB, they will be missed. Archie mentioned that it took a few years and kids going through his program for several seasons before his program was really optimized. I don’t think he was trying to tamp down expectations but was being honest with what it takes to implement a new system.

  • KelvinSampson87

    I agrees with most of what this guest said with one notable exception of TBs work ethic being a question mark. I am not sure there is anyone who worked as hard as TB on the court. He may not have had the skill/athletic development to be successful in the post but it had nothing to do with work ethic.

    His projection for IU is probably right in line with the vegas odds given the question marks surrounding the season. If we can consistently beat the teams we should and pull of a few upsets at home I think we’ll be just fine.