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  1. It's as simple as mistaking a symptom for a cause. Watch UK, MSU or UNC lose 12 of 13, and see how their fanbases reacts. It won't be pretty.
  2. Asks a question. Receives an answer he doesn't like. Promptly shoots the messenger.
  3. I'm 36 and can vouch for this. I hadn't yet turned five when we won our last championship, and our family was living in Texas at the time. I read about the Cheaney teams in the Indy Star, but I was still in grade school. My memories of Bob Knight are of losing to Colorado and Pepperdine, not of Isiah Thomas and Steve Alford. I didn't become a die hard fan until I arrived on campus, which just happened to be the year Mike Davis took us to the championship game. What a way to become hooked for life! Sadly it didn't last. Here's some perspective: The run we had from Zeller's first season to Yogi's last is the most successful that Indiana Basketball has been within my living memory.
  4. I included Juwan and for Rob for the purpose of comparing to the 2014 roster, for reasons of quantity of shooters, more than quality. I agree neither is a consistent deep threat. Juwan has been abysmal in conference play. Rob might get there as a shooter, but I'd be shocked if hits at 45% for his career, and even if he does we're not getting that this season as we works his way back from his concussion. But I disagree that system issues don't prevent us from missing outside shots. I watched Purdue set off-ball screens in their first two possessions of the second half last week, getting open looks from Cline and Edwards. I don't know that I've ever seen us set an off-ball screen. We don't move much without the ball period. We have trouble getting anything set up in the half court, and too often put something up because the shot clock is winding down. Small wonder we don't hit those. We settle for what the defense gives us, like when we settled for trying to shoot over Iowa's zone. We also rank in the 300s in total attempts and attempt rate, so we can't be getting that many open shots. We can agree to disagree, but I feel any confidence issues on the team stem from our lack of emphasis and gameplanning for the three, and are a symptom of our offensive dysfunction, not the cause of it.
  5. Looking like the Vonleh year would be an improvement. We hold that year up as the example of a team lacking shooters, and we're not wrong to do so. Vonleh was over 48%, but on just 33 attempts. Yogi hit at 40%. Evan Gordon and Will Sheehey made just a third of their threes. No one else shot better than the low 20's. Yet that team as a whole was 34% from three on the season, good for 177th in the country. In Big Ten play we were over 36%, good for third in the conference! This year's team is not less talented than that 2014 team. Before going 0-7 these last two games, Al was shooting over 40%. Devonte was at 39% after Minnesota as well. Rob was shooting close to 45% prior to his concussion. Even Juwan was shooting over 38% as recently as our home game against Iowa. We have a career 40% shooter on the roster in Evan Fitzner, and a freshman recruit for whom his outside shot was considered his outstanding skill. Yet for all that, our team this year shoots 30.8% from three, ranking 329th in the country! In Big Ten play we shoot just 26.3%, placing us dead last in the conference. We don't have a Matt Roth, a Nick Zeisloft, or even a James Blackmon on this roster, but we have enough competent pieces to be better than we are. We're not just last in the conference this year; as noted at Inside the Hall we're currently the worst 3-point shooting Big Ten team in the KenPom era. I see a stark difference in outcome with, at worst, comparable talent. When that happens, it's tough for me to think it's just a problem of the roster, and not also of the system.
  6. Aaron Henry didn't have an offer from Indiana until July 16, 2017, after Damezi had already been sitting on one for over a month. When Henry was extended an offer and given his chance, Indiana then took the commitment of three forwards in the following 24 hours. This wasn't a case of Henry taking his time and missing out, this was the staff making a decision to prioritize other targets. Time will tell if their evaluation was correct.
  7. There were two because Curtis Jones transferred in December, several weeks after Darius Garland had already committed to Vanderbilt. At the time we were recruiting them, there was only one.
  8. Archie tried to oversign in his very first class. We pursued both Garland and Romeo quite heavily and would have gladly taken both, even with only one available scholarship.
  9. Yep. I was agreeing with you, adding to what you had said with something I myself had been looking at yesterday.
  10. Look at Archie's ranks year over year at Dayton. Each year until his last season, the offense gets worse and the defense gets better. From that first season that finished ranked 29 and 160, respectively, by his penultimate season Dayton ranked 146 and 15, respectively. His last season was well rounded at 53 and 43, but the trendline is pretty hard to ignore.
  11. Ugh. I wish I could like that post many times over. If this is your first post here, I'd like to know where else you've been, as I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.
  12. By all means, please find me a pundit who picked Indiana for the bottom half of the Big Ten. The unofficial media poll, run by Brendan Quinn of The Athletic, had Indiana third. As did Alex Bozich at ITH and Drew Davis at 247. Myron Medcalf at ESPN had us fourth, so did Andy Katz at NCAA.com. Matt Norlander at CBS ranked all 355 Division I teams and placed Indiana 23rd, third among Big Ten teams. So who has us pegged for the bottom half of the conference?
  13. The numbers are accurate, but mostly a testament to the difference in the Big Ten this season over last. We currently have the 9th ranked SOS, but five other Big Ten teams - Purdue, Wisconsin, Penn St, Illinois, Michigan St - are ahead of us. Nebraska, Rutgers and Minnesota are in the top 20, Maryland and Ohio St in the top 25. Iowa, Northwestern and Michigan are all in the top 40. Our non-conference strength of schedule, the part of the season where we were winning games, ranks just 173. I'd feel better about pointing to our current SOS if we were actually winning games against that schedule, but our KenPom ratings have been falling dramatically since the start of conference play.
  14. Nassir Little was the McDonald's All-American Game MVP. He hasn't started a single game all year. I totally agree Trayce will start for us next season, just not for that reason.
  15. I mention "top 100" once at the top of my post you quoted, and never brought up rankings again. If you think I'm focusing too much on what the recruiting classes look like on paper, I'm doing so because that's still largely all we know of the 2018 class. Of course recruiting rankings don't determine the value of a player over his college career. But we don't yet today know the value Race, Jerome, Damezi nor Jake will provide over their career, and we can at best make an educated guess on Rob. I agree the 2019 class is incomplete. It could turn out to be just as foundational as expect from the 2018 class! But don't know that today, and neither does anyone here. At the moment it's just Trayce and Armaan. So when someone says the recruiting under Archie is better than anything time since the early 90s, I have to ask based on what? It strikes me as hyperbole and revisionism, both of which are in no short supply from some in these early years of the Archie era. Do you really think Archie's recruiting cycle and a half has no precedent back to 1994?
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