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Everything posted by BEKA

  1. The kid is a freshman, so that's a bit unfair. If he's a shooter and a natural scorer, he's definitely worth a look. Plus, from what I understand, his athleticism may be hampered by a bone growth complication. I'd at least like to keep an eye on him, lest he ends up at Butler and torches us a few years down the road.
  2. Butler is my second favorite team in the state behind IU. I even worked at BU for a year and really became enamored with the campus, the people, students, and just generally the way they do things. That said, I hope we stomp them by 20 this year. I'm kind of sick of the "Butler Way" as some mythical thing. It's not. Please, IU, kill Butler this year.
  3. I think with Romeo's lifelong proximity to L'ville and his gym time with some of their (probably former) players, we have an edge in the scouting department. On a neutral court or @ L'ville, I'm not feeling super confident. But with us getting healthier, playing at SSAH on a weekend before finals, a couple of hard-fought B1G wins, etc., I think we're due for another Marquette-type game. I'm going with 81-68, Hoosiers.
  4. Given the video evidence that Juwan seems more concerned about his hair than his shin, I think we're good.
  5. Maybe this is just me trying to spread sunshine (a conscious effort that I decided upon this morning), but I think this team starts to gel in this match up. A couple of tough road tests under their belts. Working through a bunch of injuries, etc. This squad is hungry to prove themselves. Not saying that it won't be a squeaker, but in my positive state of mind, I'm going with IU 68 PSU 59.
  6. Eh, trap game or not, this is a dangerous part of the schedule. This IU squad hasn't proved that they can do much of anything yet. I REALLY hope that they go into State College and kill, but I'm not holding out hope. I think we're starting to get a little more healthy, and we've had a couple of really challenging road tests already, so this game will be a good gauge of where we are as a team.
  7. I'm hoping that the squad that played Marquette shows up to this one, though I'm not confident that will happen. This is a trap game. Penn St. is coming off a hard fought loss to MD and they will be hungry for a home win. That said, they have been very inconsistent so far this year - kind of like another team I'm thinking of. If we don't hit the court focused, sharp, and wanting the win, this one could get away from us. I'm hopeful, just not feeling good about this one.
  8. We NEED Justin Smith to be more aggressive and to use his athleticism. I'm of the mind that this kid's woes are almost 100% mental. He seems distracted, like his girlfriend just dumped him or something. I'm not the pile on JS train, because ultimately I think he is an extremely valuable piece to this team. But man, that kid needs to find another gear. For a dude that supposedly has a 48" vertical, he just doesn't seem to use it when it's needed most. One of the last plays of the game where ? stole it and found Justin wide open under the basket...alone. DUNK THE BALL! He just laid it in, and didn't even look comfortable doing that. I really hope this kid finds his way through the weeds, because he could be a linchpin in a pretty decent team.
  9. Watching PU get dismantled my UM is bringing my blood pressure down.
  10. Northwestern has a legit squad. There will be no easy wins, either home or away this year, and with all of the injuries, I'm happy to take this W, ugly as it was. Some fans might think that this shouldn't have been this close, but this is the B1G. Any team can win anywhere on any given day. It's chaos season and this is why we love the game. Romeo did exactly what he was recruited for today, and that makes me pretty dang happy.
  11. I read a comment on the r/CBB subreddit from a *Duke* fan that (and I'm paraphrasing here) said, Archie is taking the first step to becoming a great coach for IU by keeping the in-state guys and locking down the borders. I am shrugging off early season struggles this year in favor of the long view. CAM has a plan and he's only implementing the first phase. All is good.
  12. These early season "rankings" are always garbage no matter what. I guess maybe IU deserves to be around this rank (regardless of the ranking service) right now, but I'm having a hard time believing that squads like Pitt, Ga.Southern, Belmont, etc., deserve to be ranked ahead of us. I start paying attention to these things in January/February. Before that, there's just not a large enough sample size to judge rankings. I mean, Ga. Southern? C'mon now.
  13. This is garbage basketball. Something isn't right.
  14. Please explain your enthusiasm being down to UC Davis by 11 at home?
  15. This team is not good and Archie isn't doing anything to make them less bad. Sorry.
  16. I really hope if we open up this game scoring wise, CAM gives some of the bench some minutes. 4 days until Duke and the "starters" will be exhausted.
  17. Georgia lost to Georgia State, 91-67. Ouch!
  18. This team is not top 25. Utter garbage so far. Maybe they're thinking about Thanksgiving dinner? I dunno, but this is not good basketball.
  19. Hoping for the best for Jerome and hoping he kicks the a** of whatever it is that's ailing him. I was REALLY looking forward to him and Romeo on the court at the same time this year, but now I'm just sending positive vibes his way. Same for the rest of the dudes that are dinged up. I know they want to be out there battling as much as we would like to see them doing just that. Godspeed, Hoosiers!
  20. The players lost this one, even though the officiating was garbage. Romeo made at least three lazy passes that got picked off. Rob P. was dazed and confused. DeRon is still out of shape.On and on. Ugly game all around. Hopefully this will provide a "teachable moment."
  21. Mods, this person is an obvious troll who is being obvious. He/she has been spouting crap in threads for awhile now. Please get rid of him/her.
  22. Um, no. This is the first road test for a very inexperienced group. Play through it. Don't panic. Listen to your coach. We win this one. Games in this arena are always a dog fight.
  23. A young Arkansas squad playing a press against this IU team? Go for it. I think we have the length, speed, scoring, and bball IQ to beat that strategy. IU wins 81-69.
  24. Cleveland Clinic. That's not messing around.
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