6-Banner Sunday: Indiana opens Big Ten play with a win against Maryland
Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall, and presented by our friends at Homefield Apparel, 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.
Indiana easily played its best basketball this week, picking up two victories. The Hoosiers knocked off solid Harvard and Maryland teams by relatively comfortable double-digit margins after down-to-the-wire finishes before that when coming out on top. The showdown with the Terps also featured an introduction of the new football coach during a timeout.
In other news, IU emerged victorious on the women’s side in their star players’ return to their home state. Also, shows happened this week featuring Assembly Call, Crimson Cast, Doing The Work, Mike Woodson, and Podcast on the Brink. Finally, a big announcement was released regarding a Thanksgiving tournament for the Hoosiers in 2024. We will as usual conclude with a look at other Indiana sports led by men’s soccer’s run in the NCAA tournament.
Here is what’s in this week’s edition:
• Indiana beats Maryland to begin Big Ten play
• Strong second half pushes IU past Harvard
• Women’s basketball edges Maine in homecoming for Mackenzie Holmes
• Weekly podcasts and Mike Woodson radio show recap
• Field set for 2024 Battle 4 Atlantis
• Hoosier Roundup
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Banner #1 – Indiana beats Maryland to begin Big Ten play
IU played their best game of the season in their second toughest matchup to date thus far. Despite missing Xavier Johnson with a knee injury, the Cream and Crimson dominated from start to finish and won 65-53 in a contest that was not as close as the score indicated. Another spectacular performance led the team from Kel’el Ware, who finished with a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds.
The Hoosiers improved to 6-1 overall despite some struggles early in the year. Also, of interest to Indiana fans is new football coach Curt Cignetti was officially introduced to fans at the 12-minute media timeout of the first half after the announcement of his hiring a day earlier.
Afterward, IU coach Mike Woodson spoke, Inside the Hall had a photo gallery, Ryan Corazza wrote a Minute After and Film Session, Alex Bozich penned Five Takeaways, and Kevin Vera put together a column about the strong play in the conference opener. Also, Assembly Call had their postgame email and polls as well as a Film Room.
Banner #2 – Strong second half pushes IU past Harvard
IU had their typical early season problem in the first half of letting an inferior mid-major hang around with good three-point shooting. However, this time the game did not come down to the end as their opponent cooled off considerably from the arc in the final 20 minutes. The Hoosiers also used elite play in the post to pull away for an 89-76 victory. The trio of Ware, Mackenzie Mgbako, and Malik Reneau all had massive nights with 28, 18, and 17 points respectively.
Afterward, Woodson spoke, Inside the Hall had a photo gallery, Ryan Corazza wrote a Minute After and Film Session, Alex Bozich penned Five Takeaways, and William McDermott put together a column about Mgbako’s big afternoon. Also, Assembly Call had their postgame email and polls as well as a Film Room.
The team returns to action on Tuesday at 9 pm against Michigan in Ann Arbor. This will be the first of several contests streamed exclusively on Peacock. It can be canceled at any time and bought for $5.99 a month with the affiliate link through Inside the Hall (see advertisement above).
Banner #3 – Women’s basketball edges Maine in homecoming for Mackenzie Holmes
While it was far from pretty, the Hoosiers eventually came out on top in All-American center Mackenzie Holmes’ return to her home state. In a game Indiana was expected to dominate, they instead trailed much of the night before a huge fourth quarter let them pull away for a 67-59 victory. Holmes led the way with 22 points, but a rough night shooting for the squad kept things close throughout.
The no. 17 ranked IU team faces Stetson today in what figures to be a relatively easy assignment. The team currently sits at 6-1 overall.
Banner #4 – Weekly podcasts and Mike Woodson radio show recap
Assembly Call, Doing The Work, Crimson Cast, Podcast on the Brink and Mike Woodson all had new shows this week.
Assembly Call had their radio show on Tuesday and postgames after the Harvard and Maryland contests. Elsewhere on the Back Home Network, DTW had a recap of the Maine game while Crimson Cast discussed the hiring of Cignetti with a live podcast right after the news broke.
Banner #5 – Field set for 2024 Battle 4 Atlantis
While it had been reported previously, IU made their 2024 Thanksgiving tournament official now. It will be a big one as the Hoosiers will compete in one of that week’s two most prestigious events (along with the Maui Invitational) when they head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. This will feature three games against top competition for Indiana in a field that includes Arizona, Creighton, Davidson, Gonzaga, Louisville, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.
Banner #6 – Hoosier Roundup
• Men’s soccer picked up another remarkable upset on the road in the Sweet 16 at Virginia. However, their tournament run and season came to an end on Saturday night in the Elite Eight via penalty kicks against Notre Dame.
• Swimming and diving topped Cincinnati in their fall finale.
• Baseball announced its 2024 schedule.
• Volleyball’s Ramsey Gary set the single-season digs record for the program. They also tied the win record for the regular season. However, they missed out on the NCAA tournament due to an RPI in the 70’s. They also had several players receive all-league honors and Savannah Kjolhede won defensive player of the week.
• Women’s soccer saw Tim Verschuren promoted from assistant to associate head coach.
• Former Indiana track and field athlete Katherine Watercutter was named to the Forbs 30 Under 30.
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