POTB 211: Previewing Michigan State with Brendan F. Quinn of The Athletic

  • 01/17/2018 7:17 am in

Podcast on the Brink is back for a new episode with hosts Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call and Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall. The show is available weekly.

In this edition of the show, Morris is joined by Brendan F. Quinn of The Athletic to discuss Michigan State and preview Friday’s game at the Breslin Center. Among the topics discussed:

· How things are going over at The Athletic so far
· How surprised Brendan is by how the first third Big Ten play has gone around the league
· The template that Ohio State and Michigan used to upset Michigan State, and whether Indiana is capable of doing the same
· Which players is Tom Izzo most focused on getting better play from?
· Why is Nick Ward playing less than half of available minutes despite being one of the most efficient players in America?
· The impact Jaren Jackson has made on Michigan State so far
· His impressions of Indiana so far this season?
· The Michigan State strengths Indiana will have to contend with, and the weaknesses that Indiana needs to take advantage of
· His general level of worry at Michigan State’s ability to reach its potential come March

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

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  • Lance76

    I like Izzo and respect his coaching. It will be very interesting to see the Vegas line on this game. Regardless of the line for this game, it is time to keep MSU out of Indiana recruiting just like it was time to start beating Wisconsin (we missed that opportunity).

  • Jethro Jones

    It’s not going to be easy, but I see a big W in our future.

  • RonMlarkey

    Great preparation by this guy going on an Indiana basketball podcast knowing absolutely nothing about the team.

  • Colt

    Izzo is an excellent coach, but he is almost as big a crybaby with the refs as Coach K.

  • Ms hoosier

    The Wisconsin game really hurt!! I think IU is a better team than Wisconsin but we were not the team then that we are now, but this game against MSU will test the Hoosiers toughness and we will see if the can take a punch and punch back!! Win or lose I want to see this team not back down when things ain’t going their way but they keep playing within the system

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    All they had to do was defend Happ but the future is bright!!

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Is he expected to? They invited him.

  • RonMlarkey

    Is this a serious question? Yes if I was invited on an indiana basketball podcast to discuss the team and preview the upcoming matchup I would probably prepare for that and make sure i was able to provide at least a single observation about any team other than michigan state or their upcoming match up against Indiana…..

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    He was simply being honest and stating that he had not seen them play much. He answered the question. I’m curious how much you think he should know?

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    These guests from other teams are invited for insite into their programs. Who cares if they don’t know about ours…

  • RonMlarkey

    How much do i think a college basketball analyst should know about…..college basketball? specifically teams in the conference he covers and the team that MSU is scheduled to play next? You would think some type of game preview would be part of his duty as well. I would listen to a MSU basketball podcast if i wanted to her 35 minutes about the intricacies and tendencies of their basketball program and blue apron ads.

  • RonMlarkey

    I listen to a good amount of podcasts and that was the longest blue apron ad read ive ever experienced. Never ending.

  • Brendan covers Michigan and Michigan State for The Athletic. Not Indiana. It’s not his job to know Indiana’s roster or much about the program. He also volunteered his time to come on for an interview.

  • Hey Ron — to be clear, I asked Brendan specifically to come on and talk about Michigan State. He is knee-deep in MSU and Michigan coverage. If knowing much about Indiana was expected of him, he wouldn’t come on because he doesn’t time for that. So he provided exactly what was asked for.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    If he were to say a couple players names or rattle off some random stats would that make you feel better? Would that justify “knowing” our team? He said he hadn’t watched IU enough to make a fair assessment. Give the guy a break.

  • iugradmark

    I really enjoy these interviews. It gives great insight into teams by writers that cover them for a living.

    MSU has a much better team and talent than IU, but listening to the podcast, I can’t help but draw comparisons with the problems on both teams (although I would love to have MSU’s talent which will make it easier to fix the problems). Brendan said in recent losses their guard play has not been good. He also said they are struggling on defense when playing smaller teams because their big man is struggling to guard smaller players and is foul prone. Those issues sound pretty familiar to me with Indiana this year when DD was struggling with fouls or defending smaller players.

    Brendan also covers Michigan and he had nothing but positives to say about how they are playing and progressing and that they should have beat MSU by more had they made some layups. Nice job by Jerod.

  • Arch Puddington

    We all look forward to your next guest spot on a podcast of note. I’m sure you’ll be great.

  • VOXAC30

    The guy was awesome for doing the interview I wish more teams would do it. We are a bunch of homers we proudly see things through crimson tinted glasses. I love the different insight because where I will watch MSU play because it is usually a good game but I am not vested in that team like I am for IU.

  • RonG

    Maybe next time you can provide the guest with a TO DO list so they can’t be spontaneous and just bore the rest of us!

  • Koko

    Notice he never responded to Alex’s and Jerod’s comments to him. No guts to confront their comments but very willing to rag on us. I think he is scared of Alex and Jerod. What a wuss.

  • Ivan Renko

    I have ignored him for a while too. I wonder how Ron feels to be an “IU fan” but is rejected by its most dedicated fans aka Alex, Jerod, us, etc.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Don’t kid yourself, all the “best” coaches work the refs constantly. Bo Ryan was one of the best at it. Heck, Bob Knight was notorious for working the refs most games. Gain any advantage you can, give your team the best opportunity to win.

  • Kyl470

    I think the real story is that according to Adam Zagoria “recruiting expert” Archie is going to be attending Romeo Langfords game which is at the same time as the IU vs MSU game. So it’ll be interesting to see who coaches for IU. Ed Schilling?

    Obviously I’m joking I know Archie will be there, but it’s this type of reporting which causes me to double all national “recruiting experts.”

  • Colt

    I know all coaches work the refs. I just think guys like Izzo and Coach K whine way too much. The eyes don’t lie.

  • MK

    Hate to break it to you, no one cares about Indiana this year…

  • RDD#76

    Wisconsin loss was really bad they have looked horrible since that game.

  • sarge

    He isn’t interested in conversation, just reactions. He actually claims to be an expert himself, surprised he didn’t get the interview! He sux.

  • sarge

    Yeah, but we were bad before that game. I don’t care about what other people think about this team, they are awesome! The incremental strides from game to game, the exponential intensity and focus are great for a fan of the game. This is the best season for me personally in 3 years. We will be talked about by seasons end as an up and coming team by everyone. And by next year, with our without RL, watch out! I wonder if RL is watching Vandy’s terrible season btw? I think Kansas is going to get dethroned this year too. Looks good for us!

  • Ron, you are welcome to not listen to this free-of-charge podcast the next time. We were certainly not trying to waste your time.

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  • AndyCapp

    Thanks for all you (and Alex) do Jerod! I always find the guests on POTB informative and appreciate them giving their time to provide insights into other program’s.

  • Sandra Wilson

    Be careful, you’re becoming very negative with your comments, something you don’t like about my comments. By the way, when you make statements about people’s former posts, you might try to be a little more accurate. I did say you were wrong about McCaffrey’s yelling, but I never talked about his coaching in any positive terms. In fact, I believe I said he was one of the worst in the B1G. I’ve also stated that Izzo yells just as much and is a great coach. If you want to make a point, it’s always best not to make up facts that aren’t true.

  • Missing Moye

    These guys do such a great job on the podcasts. It’s such a shame that some people used the comments section here to be so petty.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    There are several of us who expected some head scratching losses and some pleasant surprise wins over the season. Now I don’t think many of us saw the ISU and IPFW trains coming, but Wisconsin falls into the category of “head scratcher we could have seen coming” and MSU / Purwho / OSU may be those pleasant surprise(s)….

  • Oldguyy

    Speak for yourself, Gomer.

  • RonG

    My apology! The reply was not directed at you. It was directed to Mlarkey, at least that’s who I thought I was calling out. After reading it again I should have stated so! You guys do a tremendous job and are the last ones I want to p*** off. I look forward to my weekly dose. Again, my sincere apology.

  • ForIndiana

    Mlarkey is actually a UM fan, but lives in Indiana, or went to school here, but its not clear why he spends as much time here as he does on UMHoops…so clearly he was not interested in hearing about MSU as the main rival to his Wolverines…and again its baffling why he comes here with his inane takes and comments. Seems a bit like he could be a bandwagon type who wants to be here or on UMHoops when things go well.

  • ForIndiana

    It would be easier to see if this was in the Hall versus the road…Breslin has not been a good place for us since it opened.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Ron, your response is clearly marked that it is intended for RonMlarkey. Apparently many folks didn’t take notice…

  • Vernon Aldrich

    Here’s to out-toughing Sparty!!

  • jimmygoiu

    RonMlarkey, you are a whiny beeotch. You need to go to another board if you want to concentrate on negativity. I appreciate getting the info from an MSU expert re MSU. There are IU experts on this board that can provide you any info that you think you need.

  • Ivan Renko

    what a sad, strange, little man. (toy story reference)

  • he was there to talk about IU’s competition obviously