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  1. Stop blaming Archie! Pretty much all of us were thrilled when he got hired after what he accomplished at Dayton. He has been saddled with non-shooters returning and hit hard by injuries. Do any of you really belive that IU would not have made the playoffs if Hunter and Thompson were healthy all year and got worked into the regular rotation? We do have some glaring deficiencies though. Justin Smith, for all of his upside, has no basketball IQ and often is very lazy to boot. There is no way he would play so many minutes if the other two guys were healthy or just starting out (Thompson). The team should be stronger up front next year with TJD and a healthy Davis. If Hunter and the new guys can shoot as advertised, they, along with Green, who will only get better, should solve that problem. With enough good pieces and a few reliable subs, Archie will do fine and we will be there in the mix next year.
  2. Romeo finally did the right thing at the end. Do not understand why at the end of regulation and the first OT, the plan is to just get the ball into front court and have Romeo or another point guard just hold the ball until time is almost out and then jack up some very difficult shot. Oh well..... This game, with Race helping out so much, just makes me wonder how different this season would have been with Race and Jerome Hunter contributing all year.
  3. Wow! Where was this team in January? Easier portion of schedule upcoming, but need Morgan. Great win, especially after recent times.
  4. Wow! Where was this team in January? Essier portion of schedule upcoming, but need Morgan. Great win, especially after recent times.
  5. Look, even as bad as we were, we gave ourselves enough opportunities. There is no reliable outside shooting. If we hit a few of the many open threes near the end of the game it still could have been won. Archie has proven to be an excellent coach. What he needs to do is go out and get a few dead eye long distance shooters. I think that if Davis, Thompson and Hunter return healthy next year, Smith continues to improve, and TJD lives up to expectations, the rebounding and the front court in general will be fine. RP, Green and Al can handle the point. But we need some consistent three point shooters to get over the hill and become dangerous.
  6. Had their chances. Not enough three point shooters.
  7. You are all correct about this team's problems, but for this game, all they really need to do is toughen up and not allow so many offensive rebounds. Rutgers got at least ten points and four fouls on IU after offensive boards. They ate not a good shooting team, so just keep them to one try and IU can win this game.
  8. Is no one else healthy? Forrester, Moore? Fitzner canmot cut it.
  9. I say check out Jalen Hardy, #6 on the list, from Henderson, NV, as another SG in this class. All he did recently in a national tournament was go for 37 and 49 points against two nationally ranked teams. This kid is special even though he is from a place away from IU's normal recruiting area.
  10. If we can keep Morgan out of foul trouble, I believe this will be a close game. Except for Duke, we have played better against tougher competition than lesser competition. Even Penn State kept the game yesterday relatively close. If the defense plays like it did yesterday, then Michigan will not be able to just bomb away from the outside like the last few times we lost there. IU should take advantage of breaks, but otherwise, use some clock and keep the score somewhat down.
  11. Yes, and it has definitely helped him.
  12. Maybe I'm naive, but is everyone positive that Romeo will be gone after this first year? It seems to me that once Morgan is gone, Romeo would definitively become the focus of the IU offense next year. In addition, he would have a chance to substantially improve his outside shooting (he's already a beast driving inside) and would probably be a top three (at worst) choice in the following year's draft. With a focus on Romeo, and with Trace Jackson and Jerome Hunter helping to fortify the inside and Phinissee and Green improving on the outside, IU would be awfully good again next year, maybe going as far, or further in the NCAA's than they might go this year.
  13. There is a kid in Las Vegas, or actually in Henderson, who Archie should start looking at. He's a sophmore at Coronado HS this year, so I think that puts him in the 2021 class. Kid's name is Jalen Hardy. We just completed the Tarkanian tournament here, which matches many of the best high school teams from around the country. Hardy, who is a shooting guard around 6' 5", was the leading scorer on the team last year as a freshman. and scored 37 and 49 points in his last two games of this top tier tournament. He is already a 4 or 5 star kid and is only going to get better. I don't know if Archie ever looks this far out west, but he should really take a good look at this kid.
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