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Double Down

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    RIP - Terry Hutchens - 1958-2018

    Thinking about his tenure, did he ever cover the most volatile period for Indiana. Knight's last days, the Neil Reed incident, the firing, Mike Davis, 2002 Finals run, Davis fired, Sampson hired, scandal and firing, Tom Crean, the build up, the bust, and hiring Archie. And that's just basketball. 6 football coaches and a LOT of bad football Saturdays there. I feel bad that he never really got to catch one of those programs in stride (2002 season being a blip). He preached a lot of patience and perspective when it came to building these programs back to where they need to be, it's too bad that he won't get to witness it when it happens. I felt like he had the perfect balance of being one of us, but reported without being a homer. He had the same love for Assembly Hall that we all have (most of us!). He didn't just do his job, he got us and tapped into what makes our community so special. He played a big role in nurturing that community. So sad.
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    RIP - Terry Hutchens - 1958-2018

    They announced today that Terry has passed. Devastating. https://www.heraldbulletin.com/sports/terry-hutchens/article_a5b40bea-0551-11e9-a0a1-37fa1dc28512.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social
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    IUBB @ Duke- 11/27 @ 9:30

    What's not to like about this start? Total streetball, no ball movement, lagging on defense, zero communication and deer in the headlights. Just what you want to do to set the tone on the road against #3 team in the country.
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    College Bball Thread

    It's a long season. I don't put too much weight on one game, and especially the first game of the season. I know Duke looks unbeatable, but remember when Indiana opened against #3 Kansas and Curtis Jones went crazy. Crean's fate would be sealed at the end of that season by missing the tournament. Lotta hoops left to be played. I think Archie will have the boys ready. He breeds a tougher team that what we've seen in the past. They don't play entitled. Duke will be really tough to beat, but we'll bring it.
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    IUBB vs Chicago State - Tues. 11/6 at 6:30 pm ET

    Calipari will refuse to play in Indianapolis from now on.
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    College Bball Thread

    UK vs Duke is like watching Operation Barbarossa. Duke has 91 with 11 1/2 min left. Watching Calipari with his cry face on all game has been enjoyable, though.
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    IUBB vs Chicago State - Tues. 11/6 at 6:30 pm ET

    So glad to get back into hoops. Like drinking cold water in the middle of the Sahara Desert in the summer. We have a lot of horses. I really enjoy these guys. Haven't seen this much talent in Bloomington in a long time. They seems to play well together, too. Nice to see that they're working on all aspects of the game. Crean's early teams would just try to run these cupcakes out of the gym. Archie is in full development mode. The half-court needs work, but that's be expected with so many young players. They'll be fine, but they have some work to do. They'll get the reps. Overall, this team seems confident, yet humble. They seem like they're buying in to getting better. Leadership is there, too. I'm really excited about the Hoosiers!
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    (2018) SG Romeo Langford - INDIANA HOOSIERS

    This goes to show that the media doesn't really care about solving this problem. If so, how is there no story about Bowen, who was at the center of the scandal where an actual crime was committed? The source of the WaPo story was the coach who was fired and part of the investigation, where the actual crime, was committed. This is so laughable.
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    2018-2019 Rotation Discussion Thread

    LOL....ssssshooooot. Yup, major brain fart on that one. Thanks!
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    2018-2019 Rotation Discussion Thread

    What are the chances Devin Davis improves this year? Now that we have players on the perimeter that can keep teams from piling up on the block. I'm not sure either. Just thought I'd throw his name into the discussion. There's some potential there to have a nice bounce back year...
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    (2018) SG Romeo Langford - INDIANA HOOSIERS

    Wow! This is incredible! Romeo is an incredible player, but seems like an even better person. I can't wait to watch him play and root for him next year. Welcome to Bloomington, Romeo!!! Oh yeah, and Archie Miller for Emperor of the World in 2020. :D
  12. Considering the entire Indiana University system (all campuses) operates on a $3.5 billion budget, it's safe to say, that's a typo. :) https://news.iu.edu/stories/2017/06/iu/releases/16-operating-budget.html
  13. 3 Billion? Man, that's a lot 'o cash. We could just buy every single college basketball team and make them all wear dresses.
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    (2018) SG Romeo Langford - INDIANA HOOSIERS

    There are a bunch of homers on a Kansas board? :) :O Look, all of us want Romeo. He's a definitely a game changer, perhaps a program changer. We'll all be looking at things from our own perspective probably reading way into things that are coming third, fourth and fifth hand. It doesn't matter what fans are saying. No one really knows. Of course people from Kansas are going to be dismissive of us. Truth be told, they're kind of got us on that one. Romeo wouldn't be coming to Indiana because of what we've done in the recent past, it'll be because he'll want to be a part of remaking our future. If he picks Kansas, he'll be another in a long line of guys who've had recent success there. I was 10 the last time we won the NC. I'm 41 now. Apr 30th it's all over and we can all move on. Either way, us Indiana fans will move forward (not backward). I have confidence that Archie is building the program in the right direction. Romeo will certainly speed things up, though! But we'll move forward either way.
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    Last Days Of Knight

    Great thoughts everyone. I was on campus throughout this entire saga. Had some good friends close to the program. I graduated in Knight's last year. I think they did a really good job telling the story as they saw it. It is really a personal challenge to reconcile Bobby the basketball genius, with Bobby the human being. I actually thought the documentary was really thoughtful in saying that they went into the story with the intent of showing "kids these days are just a little too soft for RMK." But when they investigated further, there was way more to the story and it was pretty awful stuff. Bobby is a true bully. When his teams weren't winning, he became an even bigger bully. He used fear and intimidation with everyone around him. The sign of a true narcissist is someone who can't take any challenge at all to their "omniscience". I really really felt for Neil Reed. I was glad they told his story completely. Not just the stuff while he was playing there, but that RMK was petty enough to take a completely unnecessary and cheap shot at Neil and his dad long after he left the program, playing for a team that would never be any threat to IU. But what I thought was incredibly damning was that Jason Collier and Luke Recker BOTH refused to open their mouths when they could have. Many ex players gave anonymous statements. It was implied that these guys were terrified that Knight was going to ruin them publicly. Once you are outside of Bobby's control, he will do anything to try and ruin you. Perhaps even wishing you dead on ESPN radio. It sucks reconciling this. His teams played the best basketball I've ever watched. When Knight isn't being a bully, listening to him talk about basketball is like listening to Picasso talk about painting, or Marvin Gaye about writing music and singing. You just feel like sitting down, leaning forward and listening for hours and hours. It must be similar to the way Penn State fans have to reconcile JoePa in their minds. Obviously different situations, but rooting for a guy that you lionized for years, only to find out their flaws as they were exposed years later. For the record, I'd take Bobby Knight over JoePa any day of the week and twice on Sunday over what went down at PSU (like that even had to be said!). I've moved on from Knight. I know he'll never come back and I'm not even sure I want him back. But I'll look back fondly on the days when that tough old crank had guys playing some unbelievable basketball. Me thinks we might just have the best of both worlds moving forward with Archie, but time will tell on that one.
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