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JaybobHoosier last won the day on December 10 2018

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  1. JaybobHoosier

    BTownBanners Talks With Coach Lemonis

    Hey BTowners, I was very fortunate to talk with the head baseball coach, Chris Lemonis. Coach has had big shoes to fill with what former coach Tracey Smith built, but won't sit by in his shadow. With constant recruiting, highlighted by IU's 13 man recruiting class, and player development, IU is on track to continue Big10 and post season success. Here is what Coach Lemonis and I talked about: - Coach, leaving Louisville as one of the top assistants in the country, what’s it been like transitioning to the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers? "I was fortunate to take over a program that was winning and had a good team already in place. Most coaches who take a new job are replacing someone who was fired and the team isn’t very good. Because of this the transition has been very good." - Recruiting wise, how has that been different from an assistant to a head coach? In addition, do you approach recruits differently than as an Assistant? "This hasn’t been a big transition. We recruit as an entire staff. I have tried to stay very involved with our recruiting on a daily basis. I feel like recruiting is the key to any successful team." - Obviously former coach Tracey Smith left the program as one of the best before heading to Arizona St., what do you feel you have to do to keep that success going? Do you feel a lot of pressure to keep IU at the top of the Big10? "Coach Smith had 2 of the best seasons in BIG10 history in 2013 and 2014. The main pressure is the pressure I put on myself to keep the program at that level. I have always been a part of winning programs and the plan is to keep that going here." - While you haven’t been at IU for very long, what sticks out as your favorite moment so far? "We had some real highs and lows last season but winning at Stanford that first weekend and sweeping Cal State Fullerton at home were special weekends. Our experience at Vanderbilt was special for our program to play in that environment too." - Going into the season, we will get to see 13 newcomers. Of those 13, who do you see making an instant impact and why? "We have an exciting class and some guys will have a chance to play right away. Ryan Fineman a freshman catcher is fighting for a starting job and Alex Krupa a junior college outfielder could leadoff. All the other guys will have a chance to help us." - To piggyback, which players do you see having the biggest impact, and why? "The two guys I mentioned are very talented but they fill needs for us right away. Tony Butler has a chance to start in one of our middle infield spots. Jonathan Stiever, Timmy Herrin and BJ Sabol could help us early on the mound." - For the 2016 season, what will be the strengths of this team? On the other end, are there a few areas that may hurt the team’s chances at getting back to the postseason? "Pitching and Defense are our strengths. We return a veteran pitching staff. Right now we must improve our situational hitting and develop some RBI hitters." - Now, let’s have a little fun with some light hearted questions. Who is your favorite pro player of all time, and favorite MLB team? "I grew up in Houston so I went to a lot of Astros games as a kid but I always begged my dad to take me when the Big Red machine was in town because I loved Joe Morgan." - Who has been your biggest influence in coaching? "I played for Chal Port at the Citadel who was a Hall of Fame coach and instilled a tough hard nosed brand of baseball in me. Then I played one year and coached 12 with Fred Jordan the current coach at the Citadel. He gave me my first shot at coaching when I was 22 years old. The last one is my last staff at Louisville. The head coach Dan McDonnell and staff. His ability to motivate and develop players is special." - This is an important question for all IU baseball fans, because I’m sure it’s Purdue, but who is your least favorite college team, and why? "Purdue is definitely at the top of the list but I haven’t played them as a Hoosier yet. But being from Indiana and Louisville it is easy to not like Kentucky. Both are great schools but fun to have as rivals." - Lastly, I want to end on a question that Hoosier fans have about this upcoming season, and that is, what should we expect from the 2016 season? "Our staff and players expect to win a Championship. We have some work to do but we feel like we have the players to do something special." That wraps up our interview with Coach Lemonis. Special thanks to coach for taking his time to answer our questions. We are very excited about the 2016 baseball season, and continued success in the regular and postseason.
  2. JaybobHoosier

    Indiana vs Washington, The Take

    The Indiana Hoosiers came out against Washington going 100% all the time, and they never let up. Indiana is now known for its three man attack, consisting of Noah Vonleh, Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, and Will Sheehey. Those three did not disappoint, and helped lead the young Hoosiers to a dominant 102-84 victory. Ferrell (20pts), Sheehey (16pts), and Vonleh (18pts) combined for 54 of IU's 102 point total. IU could not ask for much more from the trio. Vonleh showcased why he is one of the best Freshman this year, Sheehey showed why he is one of the best at the backdoor cut and tremendous leader, and Yogi proved he belongs with the best guards in college basketball. However, IU may have found a fourth to go along with its three man attack. That man, was Troy Williams. Williams was sensational (channeling my inner Dickie V), leading IU in scoring at 22 points. His energy, toughness, and athleticism will have him as a favorite among the IU fans. While he can be wild at times, you can't deny what he can bring, and what he will bring in the future. IU's offensive attack may have just added another key piece that defenses will not like to guard. IU keeps continuing to impress the country with its rebounding, both offensively and defensively. IU ended the game with 50 rebounds, while 20 of those coming from the offensive end. Washington was only able to grab 29 total rebounds. IU's tenacity and length really help set them apart on the glass, and will continue to keep them in games when they are struggling. Besides rebounding, it was great to see IU shoot a high precentage from the free-throw line. In IU's previous game against Stony Brook, they managed to make slightly over 50% from the line. Not a very good characteristic to have when going up against teams in close games. However, IU was able to shoot 86%, going 31-36. Hopefully this will be more of a trend from our Hoosiers going forward. This IU team continues to improve each and every game, and it is a must for this young team. There will be some bumps and bruises along the way. Luckily, this IU team is an extremely determined team with depth, and a will to just keep attacking. IU is not a great shooting team, and they know they are at their best when driving and getting into the lane. It's now time to take care of another breed of Huskies in UConn. Come on Hoosiers, it's time to take care of business!
  3. JaybobHoosier

    IU vs Samford, The Day After

    First, I want to say welcome to the first edition of post game articles I will be a part of. I will be doing about every other game. You will see various stats, graphs, and other numbers to put the game into analytical perspective. Secondly, HOLY HANNER PEREA! That is easily one of the best dunks I've seen during a game in quite some time. The difficulty of that dunk was incredible. Well done Hanner, well done! Now, onto the game. This IU team were the heavy favorites, but I think most Hoosier fans were interested in how IU would respond after their lackluster performance against a veteran LIU-Brooklyn team. The team answered any concerns about this game quickly within the first few minutes. They attacked the basket and glass with a purpose all game. That is what they have to do every game to be successful. Besides attacking the basket and rebounding, IU will also lean on Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell, Will Sheehey, and Noah Vonleh. So far this season, these three have accounted for: 130 of 278 points, for a 46.7% of IU's total scoring. Even though most people will remember some of the highlight dunks in this game, but "Yogi" Ferrell had one heck of a game. He led the way with 26pts, 6asts, and 3rebs. This game exemplified how much Yogi has improved on the court, and as a leader of this team. I also can't take away from Noah Vonleh's third straight double-double with 13pts and 10rebs. He is going to be huge for us this season as a Freshman, and I can't wait to see his growth over the course of the season. One huge improvement from this season to last is blocked shots. Against Samford, IU had a total of 10 blocks, which is impressive, and 25 on the season. To put that in perspective, IU totaled only 130 last season. IU could reach that by the 17th game this season if they average the same amount of blocks in the 1st three games. The defense has been impressive so far this season, and will get a lot better once the Freshman get more adjusted to the college game! The long and athletic IU defense held Samford to just 30% shooting, and 28% from long range. Even though this is not a good Samford team, they love to run and get up shots. I don't remember too many uncontested shots given up by the Hoosiers, and that is a very good sign. One thing I took away from this game from a bench player is Luke Fischer. He has a ton of upside, and for me, it was great to see him be aggressive against Samford. He really missed some quality practice time due to an injury, but I was happy to see his play in this game. With more practice and game time, I think he will be a good around the basket player IU needs in the future. All around, it was a very good and pleasing performance by IU. However, there are still a few issues that concern me, and will for the entire season. The main three I noticed: Three point shooting, Free throw shooting, and zone offense. Three point shooting was at a respectable 40%, but if you take Ferrell's hot shooting out of the equation, IU shot a horrid 12.5% (1/8). That has to improve if IU wants to open up the lanes more often for their attacking game. Free throw shooting continues to be a problem, and IU shot 66%. One positive is Noah seems to be getting better in that area, which has to happen. Zone offense continues to look bad with a bunch of standing and no penetration. IU will be seeing more zone unless they can become efficient at it. The Syracuse game could be a bad one if they can't figure out the zone. On the positive side, the IU bench continues to impress and not be a hindrance. Devin Davis has really been impressive, and a lot further along than what most thought. He will be a very good player for IU this season and on. Hanner Perea is showing a more polished game from what he showed last season. He is a lot more comfortable on both sides of the ball, and this game really showed that. Rebounding, dunking, blocking and altering shots, and even his footwork have really improved. This game was very impressive from our Hoosier team. They used the last game as a good learning experience, and really went at it against Samford. This game has me excited of what they are capable of accomplishing this season. (Picture was found on Google, no copyright intended)
  4. JaybobHoosier

    Big Announcement Is............

    Hello all, my name is Justin (Jaybob), and I am one of two new Administrators here for BtownBanners and its forums! We are so excited for this opportunity, and our commitment is to make this the best forum on the web. By doing so, we will work endlessly for you! We know that the keys to a successful and active forum is by taking care of it's members. We promise to do that, and ask that you come and check out what we are doing. You will see some changes soon, and some changes that have already happened. We hope you are as excited as we are. Here is our team as of right now: Administrators - NaturalHoosier and myself Head Moderator - Mdn Head Recruiter - Ccgeneral We may add a few more in the very near future, but that is our team as of right now. My experience with Moderating is this: Moderator on Scout starting during the Kelvin Sampson years. A few of us decided to start a new site dedicated to start our own site, and created the best IU Fan Forum in HoosierSportsNation. After over a year of being there, we merged with 247Sports to try and create the best force in terms of coverage and forums. Unfortunately, a few of us didn't agree with how 247 went about things. After talking with BtownBanners, we knew this would be the best decision. We left 247 to come make this site the premier site for anything IU. So please, come join us in this amazing new transition! We will be on the boards a lot, so let's get to chatting!!! :) Register for BtownBanners at http://BtownBanners.com/register