6-Banner Sunday: IU will look to rebound from Wisconsin loss when it hosts Merrimack

  • 12/12/2021 8:01 am in

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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall where we highlight the five most essential IU basketball stories of the past week, plus take a look at how the other IU sports programs are doing.

It was a tough week for Hoosier fans as IU was poised to end their 23-year losing streak in Madison to Wisconsin. However, they lost a 22-point lead and fell yet again to the Badgers. The Hoosiers face Merrimack on Sunday. Off the court, Assembly Call and Inside The Hall had their normal shows, IU coach Mike Woodson had his radio program, and several former Hoosiers are playing professional basketball now. We will as always conclude with a look at how other IU sports are doing.

• IU falls to Wisconsin after building a big lead
• Hoosiers host Merrimack today
• Podcast on the Brink and AC Radio
• Mike Woodson radio show
• Former Hoosiers in the pros
• Hoosier roundup

Banner #1 – IU falls to Wisconsin after building a big lead

In one of the most frustrating losses IU has had recently, the Hoosiers built a 22-point lead against the Badgers with a fantastic first half. However, as good as IU was in the first 20 minutes, they were just as bad in the last 20. They scored just 17 points in the second half and lost 64-59 as their record fell to 7-2.

After the game, Woodson spoke, Inside The Hall had a photo gallery, Ryan Corazza wrote his Minute After and Film Session, Grace Ybarra penned Five Takeaways, while Tyler Tachman had a column about the Hoosiers’ inconsistency within games.

Banner #2 – Hoosiers host Merrimack today

The good news for IU is after the gut-wrenching loss to Wisconsin, they get a tune-up game against a struggling Merrimack squad today at Assembly Hall at noon on BTN.

Jordan Geronimo and Michael Durr spoke with the media about the contest, while Alex Bozich wrote about What to expect from the game today. The Warriors come from the Northeastern Conference in the Boston area and have just a 4-7 record on the year with four straight defeats. They are ranked 258 in the KenPom ratings and 269 in the NET rankings.

Banner #3 – Podcast on the Brink and AC Radio

It was a very busy week for both Inside The Hall and Assembly Call. ITH’s Podcast On The Brink discussed the Wisconsin loss with Tyler Tachman.

Meanwhile, Assembly Call had a huge week show-wise with the Wisconsin postgame show, AC Radio, new episodes of both the Tamar Bates and Grace Berger shows, as well as the first of many live women’s postgame show (titled Doing The Work).

Banner #4 – Mike Woodson radio show

Assembly Call and Inside The Hall were not the only ones with shows this week. As usual Mike Woodson did his weekly radio show on Monday.

Woodson discussed the Syracuse loss and previewed the upcoming games in detail.

Banner #5 – Former Hoosiers in the pros

While the current IU team is off to a solid start, many former Hoosiers are also playing basketball in the pros. Cody Zeller, Eric Gordon, and Romeo Langford had games in the NBA this week, while Juwan Morgan played in the G-League.

Meanwhile, several more Hoosiers are competing overseas in Robert Johnson, Jordan Hulls, Yogi Ferrell, Josh Newkirk, James Blackmon Jr., Devonte Green, and Freddie McSwain Jr.

Also, Thomas Bryant, OG Anunoby, and Victor Oladipo are on NBA teams but are currently out injured. Anunoby was off to a very strong start this year before his ailment, while Bryant and Oladipo have not been healthy since the season started.

The Twitter account Pro Ball Hoosiers can be used to track how IU players are doing in their professional careers.

Banner #6 – Hoosier Roundup

• Football has had many more offseason changes and announcements this week. First off, the Hoosiers named a new offensive coordinator in Walt Bell.

• In terms of player movement, they picked up several pieces in the transfer portal, including defensive players Bradley Jennings Jr., Patrick Lucas Jr., and LeDarrius Cox as well as offensive players Emery Simmons and Shaun Shivers. However, two of their best players announced they are leaving in Michael Penix Jr. entering the transfer portal and Micah McFadden declaring for the NFL draft. However, IU’s secondary continues to be bolstered as both Devon Matthews and Jaylin Williams announced they will forgo the draft and transfer portal and return to the Hoosiers. Also, IU lost a big-time recruit in quarterback Josh Hoover who flipped his college choice from IU to TCU.

• No. 10 Women’s Basketball had strong performances this week blowing out Penn State and Fairfield. They have a huge game against a ranked Ohio State team tonight on BTN. Also, a couple of their star players were named CLASS Award Candidates.

• Track and Field opened its season.

• Wrestling competed in the Cleveland State Open.

• Men’s Soccer had several players receive postseason awards and several get an invite to the MLS College Showcase.

• Women’s Soccer had an athlete honored academically.

• Swimming and Diving saw their coaches awarded as well as an athlete.

Thanks for your continued support for The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall. We’ll be back next weekend with a new roundup.

Now go enjoy yourself a 6-banner Sunday.

Aaron (Ari) Shifron
Assembly Call Contributor

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