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  1. A pumpkin SEED because the clock struck 12 today on this IU cinderella. I thought (and posted in chat at the end of the Rutgers game) that IU had redeemed itself regardless of the outcome against OSU. Having watched that mess of a game today I can't justify the post I made in the chat. It is not that IU lost to OSU today by 4 points but the manner in which they returned to the same nonchalant, apathetic level of effort and energy that disappointed and frustrated IU fans all season long. I expected a very challenging game today and I knew IU could come out on the wrong end of the final score. What I did not expect was the return to form of the 12 loss Hoosiers from weeks ago. Mind boggling to the point I have the same attitude about IU in the NIT as the team displayed out on the floor today . . . I may show up (to watch) or perhaps not because I just really do not care enough to put forth an effort at this point.
  2. Assistant Coach Ed S. was with UCLA before coming to IU. Fitz played in the west coast region so I'm thinking Ed most likely suggested (and perhaps played a big role in recruiting) Fitz. Still, I would think he would mention Archie but caught up in the moment.
  3. The best thing for this IU team may be one in which they make the dance and have an opportunity to win a big game and steal the spot of a #3 or #4 seed.
  4. Prediction: IU shuts down Bohannon but "Player X" off the Iowa bench (previously averaging less than 3 minutes of playing time per game) will set a new personal record for points scored in a Big Ten game. IU loses by the exact number of points scored by Player X.
  5. NEWS ALERT: Kraft caught dipping mac in the cheese!
  6. Even if not a "spark in the tender box" in terms of causing any problems, at a minimum it was indicative to those of us outside the locker room as to possible division inside the program.
  7. TJD and A. Franklin are both encouraging Brooks to join them at IU. TJD has confirmed his friendship with Brooks and a desire to play along side him. Given the current state of basketball this season at IU, I'm not sure Brooks has any intention of signing at IU. However, should he choose to do so I see no reason why the new group of recruits/players at IU should not get along and play together much better than the current divisive and apparent Crean's guys vs Archie's guys going on now. Regardless of the number of stars aside their names, I think the "togetherness" of IU basketball improves as the disgruntled players of the old regime move out and get replaced by those who currently look forward to representing IU and the coach/team they chose to play for/with.
  8. I'm grateful HSN provides an awesome forum for IU faithful. Even when debates get heated on HSN, they generally remain civil. Kudos HSN, I'm not surprised by the overwhelming number of participants given the historical nature of this IU win (first unranked IU team to be a top ten opponent on the road since the early 80's). As always I am for IU2WIN.
  9. Hell yes, this could lead to a much better overall season record for IU than I thought coming into this game. When I was young I had four sibling. Mostly, we got along great but there were some rough patches at times too. Still, I always had their back particularly when someone else was roughing them up. Some of the best times I remember happened just after two or more of us had reconciled after a battle. Perhaps this IU basketball family can reconcile and move forward together.
  10. If Dakich really has any invested interest in IU basketball he should be doing all that he can to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Instead of bashing the coaching staff, why not offer to come down to B'town and be of any assistance he can to help this IU team snap out of their funk? Of course it is possible Archie could say, "Thanks but no thanks". Instead, he adds to an increasingly divided fan base with his rants. Not that he should be singing Archie's praises or pumping up all things IU but stop feeding the derision.
  11. I'm with Mile, I thought his shot looked okay when he came back into the game. A bit off topic but I think D. Davis' injury/recovery has been greatly underestimated in terms of the impact on this IU team. I think many IU fans had concerns he might not be 100% to start the season but also thought he would be a major factor by now. I feel bad for him having to continue to struggle with injuries. Moreover, we would certainly see an entirely different IU team right now if Davis could play 20 minutes per game. It may sound like excuses but I certainly do not think IU would be on a current 5 game losing streak if DD was playing at full strength and in the game vs Haarms or Pardon. Sorry for the sidetrack, just thought about this a lot today when reading/hearing a bunch of negative feedback about the struggles of this IU team. I'm as disappointed as any IU fan but Archie is dealing with much more than players with lack of effort and the Green incident may be the first true indicator that chemistry is a major issue too.
  12. I agree, Davis is a great guy but he was in over his head. Certainly hope we never see Archie running across the court slapping himself in the head.
  13. I gave it a listen. There are some points DD made that I can agree with; Archie needs to hold players accountable for lack of effort, need to feed Romeo the ball more inside, and stop repeatedly talking about injuries. However, I think his rant about the IU coaching staff and calling out the assistants was unwarranted and over the top. Sure, I think it would be great to have a former IU player or two on the IU coaching staff but not having one does not warrant the level of disrespect DD used when giving his opinion of the current staff. Perhaps, along with making a few good points about the struggles of the current IU basketball team, DD's words also provide insight as to the reason Archie is sitting in the coaching seat at IU while DD is spewing his opinions daily on 1070.
  14. I'm thinking the strength of this IU team in terms of closing out games in the last 10 minutes may also contribute to the slow starts. In other words, as close games are wrapping up the team is able to recognize the need for confident composure to value each possession. I think this team is very confident, almost to a point of playing too laid back at the beginning of the game(s). I think it is the composure piece that is missing early on; the team should not have to be down by double digits in order for the "value each possession" realization to kick in. A laid back approach would certainly explain the lazy passes and questionable shot selection at times early in the game.
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