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  1. 41 points
    I've been relatively quiet this season. Many factors play into that outside of basketball, but the primary saying of "If you don't have anything nice to say..." applies here. I have a couple thoughts I think are important to remember as we move forward. We were never as good as we thought we were. Romeo is an elite player, that gave us hope. Our 3 game stretch with close nail biting wins was exciting and gave us something to get behind. In reality, that ranking was the worst thing that could happen to us. It gave us too much hope. College basketball and football transition are tough. ESPECIALLY when your coaching style is vastly different than the predecessor. We've all seen Crean's comments about his situation at Georgia, Archie could make the same comments here. Our players are good, I'm not knocking them at all, but they are built for a different system. I'm a firm believer in giving College coaches a FREE 4 year pass and getting critical in year 5. It takes time to create YOUR culture and "unbrainwash" a previous culture for lack of a better term. This is well documented with the coaches that don't have instant success. Even if you don't agree with the 4 year pass, you have to in this situation. Indiana fired Tom Crean who was coming off Big Ten Championships and Sweet 16 appearances. Then you hire Archie and don't give him a fair shake and get rid of him early. What coach in their right mind would sign up to be the next coach at Indiana? It's career suicide. Nothing can happen with Archie until after year 5. Archie was an incredible coach at Dayton. The man didn't forget how to coach. Guarantee he's more frustrated than all of us are. Our fanbase isn't better or worse than any other fanbase. Every team has passionate fans that air out their grievances over Twitter and message boards. Pick any school and lose 10 out of 11 and you'll see this exact reaction or worse. I will say seeing how empty Assembly Hall is EVERY game is more troubling to me than anything else. That isn't helping. Keion Brooks - I don't believe it's over for Indiana. This skid hasn't helped our cause, but it's not a deal breaker. HIgh School players put a major emphasis on who they will be playing with, style of play, facilities and most importantly the impact on their future. I went to Indiana because I wanted to be a part of the Kelley School to advance my career after college. Prospects are looking at Indiana and what they can offer to get the to the next level. That is their goal, College is their stepping stone to achieve that goal. At the end of the day, Keion will make the best decision for him and his family. If that's to Kentucky, then I'm happy for him and hope he succeeds. Him choosing another school isn't bashing Indiana. It's making an informed decision that is in his best interest. In conclusion, the product we've seen on the court is embarrassing. It's a total lack of confidence from the entire team, no grit. Fight or Flight????? We've got that questions answered. All that being said, I'm still going to watch every game, it's the punishment I still look forward too. The highs will get higher, I pray the lows won't get any lower. I'm still a Hoosier. You guys are still Hoosiers. The road ahead will get better. Just RELAX.
  2. 37 points
    Package #1 is in place, package #2 will be announcing hopefully soon.
  3. 35 points

    Team Chemistry Issues?

    There's a fairly well known Harvard study about the net detriment caused by productive employees that are toxic. So even though Green or Smith may produce from time to time, the negativity weighs down the entire team. I'm pretty pro-player in all situations. But at this point, we are a losing program. Justin "Low-Light Reel" Smith doesn't play for the team. Devonte showed promise, but has never been good. I have heard people fault Juwan, saying he's just not a good leader. I think he is a very good leader. But what can you do with an attitude issue like what Green or Smith have? Is it really Juwan's fault? What if Archie is a top 15 coach, but he just HAPPENED to have two program-tanking attitudes to deal with on his initial two rosters. Is it possible? I think we're all hoping so. Last night I heard a rumor that Green has been outwardly hateful towards Romeo for most of the season, doesn't even make attempts to hide it. I've told before of the HH dunk contest, when Romeo won basically on his celebrity rather than dunks, and Justin Smith was downright ugly about it. He has some resentment. Our class balance will be off. If Archie's system takes 3 years to implement, does it reset every time we lose the upperclassmen? Those of us supporting Archie see the same things as the guys whining for him to get canned. At this point, I'm hoping that the Smith/Green theory is true, and that the removal of those guys will cure the chemistry issues. And otherwise, this 3pt shooting MUST be an anomaly. Some of these stat-lines are laughable. When I saw Cline hit two of those off-balance 3s last night, I was mostly just envious. Everyone already knows, the loss of an effective perimeter game is worse than just the missed shots, it's the resultant defenses packing the lane. For now, I'm going with the Job theory. God himself is testing Archie. He cursed him with plagues of attitudes and poor shooting. Struck him down with concussions and blood clots and stretched thumb ligaments and deep thigh bruises. Caused droughts of confidence. Even blessed him with a Romeo just to have the team smite his success. Archie didn't have one good season at Dayton. He had many. Do we really think Archie isn't as good as Mark Turgeon or Tim Miles or Franimal? No way. I graded out Archie as a C last year, and took some flak for it. This year has been arguably worse. And I'm still rocksteady in Archie's corner.
  4. 34 points
    I hate taking credit for wins but IU is 3-0 since my daughter was born on 2/26. She decided to come 5 weeks early to help our Hoosiers! IU won their last championship the year I was born....coincidence??? Sent from my iPhone using BtownBanners
  5. 33 points
    This ones personal boys. I’ve watched this kid grow into the Top 15 5 star he is now. He has came a long way from his freshman google wearing years but you could tell early it was there. Sophomore year he improved a little more but ranking services were not on board. I will never forgot being at Westfield the summer going into his junior year I was talking with a person who covers IU for one of the services and I told him I hoped IU offered soon because I think he is going to be good. I said Purdue and Iowa offered recently. He said should IU be in battle for a kid with Purdue and Iowa? IU needs to aim higher. I said in this case yes. TJD worked his butt off and became a top 15 player and it’s been a joy to watch and his senior year will be special to watch. He could of went to MSU or UCLA and I would of been happy for him. He is a class act that takes time for the kids and helps with the youth league along with the other center grove players. Pretty much since the time he visited IU 5 times in a span of a month this was always trending IU’s way. For those that saw this congrats on one of the less stressful recruitments for a fan base when it comes to top 15 player. For those that were stressed out I’m afraid there will never be a recruitment you won’t be stressed out about. Great day to be a Trojan and Hoosier fan Sent from my iPhone using BtownBanners
  6. 32 points

    Team Chemistry Issues?

    Green and Smith are gone. Their blatant disrespect last night is terrible. Green was arguing with all the coaches every time he got taken out. Smith refused to look at or listen to any coach who tried to give him some coaching. His family has filled his head with crap that he should be scoring all of these points when he can't hit a jumper outside 5 feet. They both are so unhappy it is affecting the whole team.
  7. 32 points
    I love me some IU “fans.” We’re a twisted bunch. We’re hoping a star player will go elsewhere because of grudges. That’ll fix the problem! Come to Btown Brooks, work your tail off and help make this a better program. Sent from my iPad using BtownBanners
  8. 31 points
    Rob. That foul on Winston with 8 to go was the smartest basketball play I’ve seen from this team in 4 years. The defense you played on him after? Well brother, that brought a tear to my eye. Amazing team effort today fellas. WHOLE team! Juwan, your work on the glass in the last two games has been master class my friend. You are my favorite player to ever put on that jersey. Justin Smith, I’ve been hard on you son. I did it because I believed so much in your ability. I knew there was a whole other level that you just couldn’t get to. Welcome to the show kid. Great game guys. No matter what happens the rest of the way, I loved the way you guys came together in these last couple weeks. Sent from my iPhone using BtownBanners
  9. 31 points
    Received some more pro-IU conformation here. We'll see what happens after visits but IU is in front at this time
  10. 30 points
    I'm not guessing on this. Beyond the "tea leaves", things look legit here.
  11. 30 points
    Let's just say it went really well
  12. 30 points
    Saw this link to Reddit on another board: Posted by Indiana Hoosiers u/Todd_Haley_isdumb 1 hour ago Casual / Offseason Cool experience with the IU team So me and a few buddies went out to eat just now at Buffalouies (for those who have heard of it) after our friday classes and we went and sat down at the upstairs area. We are the only people sitting up there and next thing you know, Archie Miller, Romeo Langford, Robert Phinisee, most of the coaching staff come up. Trayce Jackson-Davis, Keion Brooks and their families came up very shortly after and filled in the rest of the upstairs area. Archie and I made awkward eye contact but him and his coaching staff were talking and laughing the whole time with the recruits families while Romeo and Robert talked with Trayce and Keion. At one point Romeo's food was ready and over the intercom they said "Order for Romeo" and he didn't hear it at first so no one went to get the food so they said it again and immediately Archie Miller yells out "There's only one Romeo here come on". We didn't go up and talk to any of them cause they were all doing business and we didn't want to bother them but we talked to an assistant coach for a bit. It was just a really cool experience to be sitting next to a coach and his staff recruit some kids in a casual setting. Sidenote: Trayce Jackson-Davis is an absolutely massive human, he towered over everyone else there (given Romeo isn't a big man and neither is Phinisee). 4 Comments Share Save
  13. 30 points

    (2019) SG Armaan Franklin to IU

    What if we get TJD, Brooks, Ramsey, Franklin, and Stewart? Yes a lot would have to happen but I promise you it has been discussed
  14. 30 points
    [This was actually from the Zeke Nnaji thread, but VO5 and others were referring to Keion so I've moved my response here.] I've seen Keion play with his high school team, and in AAU. I will say, there is a remarkable difference between the two. Prior to about 6 months ago, Keion was supposed to be a 6'8" forward, which made some sense in Indiana HS ball since he was always the tallest kid on the floor. Of course that opens him up to everyone commenting how skinny he is, and whether or not he has inside moves. In AAU, his team's PG, Isaiah Thompson (Purdue commit) out of Zionsville got injured, leaving the door open for Brooks to play the role of a ball-handler/playmaker. He excelled. The team already had TJD and another big, freeing Keion to play more of a wing. He basically controlled the game, distributed, and took his shots when they were open for him. Remember he really dominated the April session, and surprised a ton of people. No one had seen him in that role before. Within the past few months, he tweeted something that listed him as a PF, and had the laugh emoji and said "I am not a PF." He's distancing himself from that. He's not as tall as he looks in pictures. A bunch of us saw him play opposite Romeo, and if he was taller than Romeo, it was by a centimeter or two. So what is he? I think he'd like to see himself as a Lebron/Simmons type of Point Forward. Again, he looked great in AAU, far more comfortable and effective than we've seen him before. I agree that college defenses are much more difficult, but that goes for every player. I also wonder if Keion's move to LaLu wasn't partially because he didn't want to be his team's big/5 anymore. Moving to LaLu lets him move out on the perimeter. Obviously, if he's to play and succeed in the NBA, it won't be as a PF, and so I can't blame him for looking for a situation where he's in a better position. Last note. Watch interviews with these kids. They are kids, mostly wide-eyed and trying to do the right thing. They are subject to tons of influences, and any decisions they make are mostly reflections of what kind of influences they're receiving. They also get more criticism than any of us have likely received. Let's go easy on them. Let's also remember that some connected people are saying IU is leading for Keion, and so let's cheer for his success.
  15. 29 points
    Romeo and rob are here with coach O Sent from my iPhone using BtownBanners
  16. 29 points
    Talked to a Fort Wayne kid in the AAU scene and long time friends of the Brooks. He thinks Indiana is the likely destination as of now. Sent from my iPhone using BtownBanners
  17. 29 points
    You should let the staff know that they’re gonna have to handle this without you. ;)
  18. 29 points
    This young man just oozes character and class. Blown away by the humble @yeahyeah_22. He went and visited #iubb champion (1953) and former New Albany great Paul Poff. Paul has recently been put in assisted living (85yo) & for Romeo to do something like this shows he’s one of a kind
  19. 28 points
    I believe I’ve posted here before what my problem with him has been. I’ve just decided to not listen to his radio show anymore. Today I’m watching an SEC game with him on the call and in the middle of the game he takes a shot at IU during an SEC game. Pretty sure he took a good shot at Archie as well. He lives on hate and it’s not just IU, he gets into it with everyone. I have no problem with people listening or liking him I just moved on from the negative vibe he gives off Sent from my iPhone using BtownBanners mobile app
  20. 28 points

    A New Mod!

    Since Men's Basketball is the most traveled section of BtownBanners, allow me to use this forum for the honor of officially announcing the addition of a new mod; the one, the only, the outstanding, the obsessively knowledgeable, the poster that always delivers..... ..... .... USPSHOOSIER! A truly fantastic addition. Welcome, and thanks for all you do for the board USPS. The mods are thrilled to have you join us.
  21. 28 points
    Indiana won 70-48
  22. 28 points
    I was told on Tuesday don't worry about recruiting. Interest in Indiana has never been higher from high school students. The staff thinks we will get someone better than Carton in his place.
  23. 27 points
    Well he got to do it on his terms without leaks. Also to everyone who claimed he was seeking attention, you were wrong. He just simply tweeted his commitment. No horse and pony show. Didn't even tell media when he'd commit to get additional hype and attention. That said 2 high school kids are going to get a lot of love this evening I have a feeling. Sent from my Pixel XL using BtownBanners mobile app
  24. 27 points

    Summer of 2018

    Mike Miller @MikeMillerHT 1m Freshman Jerome Hunter is the latest recipient of Indiana's gold standard practice jersey. #iubb
  25. 27 points
    I have reason to believe that doesn't happen. I think a lot of this UCLA stuff is a baseless reaction/paranoia that he hasn't committed yet. Maybe it's out there, but it hasn't come to my inbox at all.