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  1. 18 minutes ago, Madison22 said:

    Will our outside shooting improve?   Last season out of the 14 BigTen teams, we were:

    11th out of 14 in 3-point percentage.

    Last in 3-point shots made.

    Last in free throw percentage.

    Our defense was very good.  Overall FG% was ok (6th).  Progress was made.  But who will shoot from the outside this season, and will it be any better?


    Valid questions.

    One thing that has changed is that the team replaced 3 mid-major players and one below average point guard with 4 quality freshman including 2 in the top 30 and another in the top 100.

    I know that off-season improvement was nonexistent under Miller but that isn't typical. I think we'll start seeing the players get better as they get experience. 

    The core of the team has also returned and now have a year of experience in Woodson's system. This means that Woodson and company can start working on improving the offense since last summer and early season they concentrated on defense.

    We also saw towards the end of the year things started to click into place and play improved. Hopefully, they can carry that over into next season. That remains to be seen but there is reason for optimism, in my opinion, even with the questions remaining about shooting.

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  2. 2 minutes ago, rico said:

    I would say that it looks like it is playing into what Notre Dame wants.  Now we shall see what NBC wants to do with them.

    A random thought that my buddy mentioned the other day.  Since USC will be joining the B1G will they still want to play ND if the Irish remain an independent?

    That's a good question. They'll already be traveling across the country for 1/2 their conference games so I imagine they'd want their non-con games to be at home or at least on the west coast.

  3. 14 minutes ago, IUALUM03 said:

    Curious to see if NBC getting some rights to B1G games will help or hurt our cause with Notre Dame.  The word prior was NBC was looking to add some games to either lead into or run post weekly ND game.  

    I think it would be giving ND exactly what they want so it would hurt the chances. NBC would have their lead in games that they want before committing to $75M+/year.

  4. 32 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

    We better land Page. I still think there is a place for Carr at Indiana but the coaches felt differently and that's why they make the big bucks. If his shooting improves kid gonna cause some havoc in the BIG

    Re: Carr. I saw either on this site or another that he is a 56% FT shooter. To me that seems like it is likely he'll never become a good shooter. He seems to rely on his athleticism to get dunks. While he would still be able to do that at the college level, it wouldn't be nearly as easy. My guess is that he'll be a defensive specialist in college and any points are a bonus. Probably not someone you want on the floor in the final minutes of a close game. 

  5. 36 minutes ago, Madison22 said:

    If I read his stats correctly, he shot:

    2 for 11 three-pointers for the season, for 18%.

    He shot 56% free throws.

    Shot 52% from the field.  Lots of dunks.

    In fairness, he's working on mechanics (shot is too flat), and is known for dunks.  He could end up being a monster player, or not.  We'll see.


    A 56% FT shooter in HS? That's terrible for a wing. That tells me he'll probably never be a good shooter. I knew he wasn't a great shooter but I didn't realize he was that bad. 


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  6. 48 minutes ago, Billingsley99 said:

    Me too, to add to their great class. Hard to believe we are turning a top 60 kid away. I hope it all pans out in the end

    This is the first time since Knight (I'm intentionally not counting Sampson) that we seem to have a coach who cares about roster management. That means that some talented players will no longer be recruited if they don't fill a need.

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  7. 1 hour ago, dgambill said:

    I think IU could actually be suffering from the stability in the program. Guys sticking around and few transfers as it creates a log jam for minutes for these young kids that want to come in and play right away. Sure if you are a top 50 player you probably have a shot to work your way into the rotation fairly easy but if you aren’t…take a number it’s going to be hard for you to over take others on this roster for playing time. Past 5-6 years the program has been so starved for talent any kid would look at IU as an opportunity to play right away….now it’s a long shot. I think as some of our top end talent moves on and we see some roster shuffling we will see some kids jump at the chance to join…or certainly find ones that want stability and place to grow their game.

    What Woodson needs to do this season to help alleviate those types of concerns is to not start older players who aren't performing over younger players who are. 

    He stuck with Kopp and Stewart last year but also didn't have many other options. With how poorly they played, it still wouldn't been nice to see him change it up a bit 

    This year Stewart is gone and there is more depth (on paper) at the wing. So if Kopp isn't meeting expectations or if someone is seriously outperforming him, it would be great to see Kopp get benched. Same goes for Thompson if Reneau is playing a lot better than him.

    That would be good for the team but also allow the coaching staff to show that they mean it when they tell the recruits they have a chance to get real PT and/or start even if there is already someone ahead of them on the roster.

    The reverse is also true. The recruits will notice if Woodson sticks with upperclassmen who aren't performing over younger players who are. 

  8. 9 minutes ago, KoB2011 said:

    While I certainly understand the sentiment between you, @eddy4iu, and many others about those two - this just isn't really accurate.

    Minutes Points
    87 48
    67 15
    66 19
    65 11
    60 7
    60 18
    58 11
    58 4
    57 17
    57 13
    55 16
    55 10
    50 19
    49 9
    49 9
    48 23
    48 13
    48 8
    46 15
    46 10
    46 14
    45 9
    42 21
    42 15
    42 8
    41 3
    39 8
    39 7
    38 5
    37 14
    36 4
    35 6
    34 3
    33 6
    31 2

    A couple outliers for sure, but for the most part when they played more minutes together their scoring was 'okay'. 

    That's 16 games where they combined for single digit points. Only 3 games where they combined for 20 or more. For 2 starters, that is far from impressive.

    Fortunately, Stewart has moved on. Kopp should see a reduction in minutes unless he can increase his production.

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  9. Some of the players entering the portal were quitting the sport anyways and I guess entered the portal just because; probably a small percentage but it does happen. Walk-ons also enter the portal and it's not surprising if they don't find new schools.

    Both of those will skew the numbers.

  10. 17 minutes ago, KoB2011 said:

    If you go game by game on the losses, it is interesting as well....

    • Syracuse - we lost by 2 and shot 11/27 from three. I don't think anyone would argue we lost this game due to shooting..
    • Wisconsin - lost by 5 on 5/13 from three. Definitely can make a case for a higher volume, but we blew a huge lead. Hard to chalk this up to shooting....
    • Penn State - lost by 3 on 4/13 from three. This was a low scoring game and a disappointing loss - I'll certainly buy that shooting could've made a difference here but I'll also say it's a game we should have won regardless of poor shooting.
    • Iowa - lost by 9 and blew a lead again, shot 7/22 from three. We gave up 83 points, I can't really chalk this up to shooting as I think needing to make 4 more threes and shoot 50% to win is an unfair ask. That game was on the defense.
    • Michigan - lost by 18 on 5/19 shooting. Nothing went right in this game, can't blame it on shooting IMO.
    • Illinois - lost by 17 on 3/13 shooting. My recollection says that we had a lead or were right there until 10-12 minutes to go, and I'd actually buy hitting some more shots through the game could've made a big difference. Shooting, amongst other things, probably cost us this one. 
    • Northwestern - lost by 8 in the Windy City 5 game on 4/16 shooting. Sure, 7/17 would have won us the game but I don't think any of us feel like that loss was on the shooting. It was on some bad decisions. 
    • Michigan State - lost by 15 on 5/21 from three, and less than 40% on our twos. Again, hard to chalk that up to three point shooting.
    • Wisconsin - lost by 5 on 5/18 from three. We lead late and had some awful calls go against us, but hitting a couple shots down the stretch could have and would have made a difference. I'll put this on shooting as probably the top thing we could control in this one. 
    • Ohio State - lost by 11 in OT on 6/19 shooting. We weren't good from two in this game either, and I'd chalk the choke job up more so to the entire inability to get a bucket more than just poor shooting. But that was certainly part of the equation. So was not being able to get a stop late. 
    • Rutgers - lost by 3 and blew a lead again, losing on Harper's late dagger. Shot 6/21 from three. I guess you can call this shooting, but it seems to me that it wouldn't be the top of the list when you blow a lead at home on Senior Night. 
    • Purdue - lost by 2 on 5/20 shooting, but got absolutely screwed by the refs. I refuse to put this game on anything other than the refs, it was the biggest travesty in officiating I've witnessed over the duration of a game. 
    • Iowa - lost by 3 on 5/19 shooting, but gave up 80 points. I guess you can say hit one more shot and we go to OT, but I was more concerned with us getting lost on Bohannon multiple time slate. Hard for me to put the game on anything on offense when we score 77 and give up 80.
    • St. Mary's - 2/10 shooting but absolutely nothing went right at all. This was about running out of gas, no more and no less. 


    From my perspective, there is 5 games we lost that really came back to shooting. You can make a case for more, could make a case for less in a couple of those too, but that seems like the right number to me. 

    Excellent post. One area we can really improve on from last season which cost us a few games is wing defense. Specifically, individual wings who go off on us which happened multiple times last year. JHS should help with that immediately. An improved Bates would help. Banks could earn some PT doing that. Having Geronimo guarding a wing rather than being stuck under the basket should also help.

    Stewart being gone will help and all his potential replacements are better defenders than he is. Phinisee is a good defender but he isn't long. JHS should be able to step into that role and with is size advantage be more effective.

    Kopp is an okay defender but there are better options on this roster now.

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  11. 1 hour ago, Purdue7 said:

    My dirty mind….I saw 2 legs on a beech…..

    You must be looking at this on a phone. On my monitor here it is obviously fingers but if I squint I can see how it might look like legs on a small screen.

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