Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:42 pm

Divisiveness, dissension hurting the Hoosiers

The difference between the Hoosiers now and the early season (basically their play in the Big Ten) is that now they seem to be sleep-walking through games. There appears (to me) to be an air of divisiveness and dissenion on the team as a whole. Which is not characteristic  of Hoosier basketball. I am not going to quote statistics (not my thing) but it seems as if Jones just hasn't shown up to play, Hulls seems to think that he has to carry the whole team on his back (he dribbles way damn too much, won't take the open shot, too often misses the open man). Crean is helluva Coach, but he can't do anything himself on the floor--that's all up to the boys. I'm sticking my neck out here and I admit it--but I think there seems to be some attitude of resentment toward Zeller. he gets far too few touches on the ball. One of the sources of the abyssmal turnover rate is ill-advised bounce passes. 

I think (and this obvious to everybody, I think) that turnovers are an indication of a team not playing as a team.

I am a big Crean fan, but i think in the instance of what I see as divisiveness and lackadaisical play among individual players, a good old time BK butt-kicking might be in order.  
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:39 pm

Zipping the lips

Nothing like two bad losses in a row (one really bad) to shut up a zealot. I'll take my lumps, but I know we'll be back. A loss at home to previously winless Minnesota and then a just plain butt-kickin' at Ohio State. Maybe these losses were what we needed in the long run. But there's nothing, really, that I can say.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:00 pm


Oh yeah, it's WAY early, but I want to get this out there, now. Look at what Coach Crean has done in just a few years. He has taken a program that was on the ropes and resurrected it. He has taken the Hoosiers from the status of door-mats and whipping boys  to the 7th ranked team in the country in a year! Amazing. The Hoosiers have beaten a # 1 and a # 2 this year. His  team has a 15-1 record. That very bad loss at Michigan State was just that: a very bad loss. But the Hoosiers are a smart team (the team reflects the intelligence of their coach); they learned from their mistakes. From that bad loss they came back and beat Ohio State, #2 in the country. The Hoosiers are back because of Coach Crean. The rest of the field in NCAA had better take notice. Oh, noting polls--Syracuse is # 1, and has held onto that rank for quite a whike--I think that they were # 1 going into 1987 NCAA title game...guess who beat them for the national title.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 2, 2012 5:02 pm


The IU Hoosiers' Men's baketball team is BACK. You can't keep a good program down for very long. Too much history, too much tradition. They're good, though young, now. They'll be better next year. With an excellent recruiting class to complement their veterans--they will be formidible. They're going to (they aleady have) make noise in the BIG TEN this year. After a miserabe last couple of years, I am beginning to enjoy myself. I have never abandoned my team. GO IU!
Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:33 pm

IU and Cody Zeller: Taking their lumps.

It is very hard hard to win on the road in the BIG TEN. Very hard. (Michigan State proved that adage). IU and Cody Zeller  took their lumps. But that's why the season is as long as it is.. To take those lumps and to learn from them. IU is going to take their lumps today, too. Even though it is a home game for the Hoosiers. I think that this IU team is going to be quite a formidable team come BIG TEN tournament time. IU has never won a game in the BIG TEN tournamnet, but that merely reflects how badly the program had sunk. Coach Crean has resurrected the IU basketball program. The IU team has a great deal of learning to do, and many, many limps to take in the upcoming long season in the BIG TEN, but such will pay its dividends.
Category: NCAAB
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