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Maedhros

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  1. Maedhros

    (2019) SF Keion Brooks Jr.

    And to add to that, if Keion indeed makes it to the NBA, passionate and vocal fan bases will continue to be a thing for his entire career. If that's a problem for the family now....
  2. I know this isn't what the topic you wanted to discuss, only your inspiration, but I found it worth a chuckle considering that Drew Davis wrote a preseason power ranking that listed Indiana third in the conference, right there on Peegs itself: https://247sports.com/college/indiana/ContentGallery/Preseason-Big-Ten-Mens-Basketball-Power-Rankings-123776057/#123776057_3 The unofficial Big Ten media poll, organized by Brendan Quinn, picked Indiana to finish third as well (sharing the ITH link for those without an Athletic subscription): https://www.insidethehall.com/2018/10/10/indiana-picked-to-finish-third-in-big-ten-in-official-unofficial-media-poll/ Third is also where Alex Bozich had Indiana ranked: https://www.insidethehall.com/2018/10/24/big-ten-power-rankings-preseason-edition/ Both the preseason AP Poll and KenPom had us ranked 28th in the country, fourth and fifth in the Big Ten respectively: http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/rankings/_/week/1/year/2019/seasontype/2 https://www.insidethehall.com/2018/10/20/indiana-ranked-no-28-in-initial-kenpom-ratings/ All this was assuming a healthy Indiana team, of course, but unless Rabjohns wants to insist all these people were swept up in fan emotion and didn't actually study the Big 10 rosters (as his tweet alleges) then he's being disingenuous at best, here.
  3. Maedhros

    2019 AAU Season

    Per this calendar, the EYBL event in Westfield falls during a quiet period: https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/eligibility/recruiting/calendars/2018-19DIMBB_RecruitingCalendar.pdf I attended this event last year, when it was in April and during an evaluation period for certified events. Grand Park was a who's who of coaches, doesn't sound like that will be the case this year.
  4. Maedhros

    College Bball Thread

    Heh, why not? We've been comparing winning at Dayton in the A-10 to winning at Indiana.
  5. Maedhros

    So some concerns I’m having...

    I don't think Crean was blind to the deficiencies on his roster. When we lacked shooters on the 2014 team, he went out and recruited James Blackmon, Robert Johnson, even Max Hoetzel. Then Noah Vonleh and Luke Fischer both left unexpectedly and the following year's team lacked size, so Crean recruited Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan and OG Anunoby. The weakness he was unable to address was the point guard position following Yogi's departure. After going in on guys like Shake Milton, Bryant Crawford, Tony Carr, and Bruce Brown, he was left with Devonte Green and Josh Newkirk on the roster. Arguably those misses are what cost Crean his job, but I don't think it was for lack of recognition or effort. Heck, we almost landed Tremont Waters, now a pre-season All-American at LSU. My hope for Archie's recruiting is that we're able to reload instead of constantly having to plug holes. With our deficiencies in shooting likely to continue with the 2019 class, I worry that we're already behind the curve.
  6. These responses make me chuckle as well. I have never expressed any desire to can Archie. I will give him a chance to stack recruiting classes and have four-year veterans in his system before I reach any definitive conclusions. But I can and will express dissatisfaction with how the Archie era has progressed so far, even as I watch and hope that Archie will be able to right the ship.
  7. Posts like the OP do make me chuckle. Great examples, sure, but now do all the coaches who were mediocre during their first two seasons and never became elite. Should be plenty of those to find, you could start with the coach who beat us last night.
  8. Maedhros

    Inclined to Give Archie a Break

    Genuine question, because you're around the team and I'm not: Which leftovers are not buying in? Devonte, sure. But Juwan is our MVP. I have no concerns with De'Ron when he's been able to play, he just hasn't been healthy all year. Same could be said for Zach, who may lack skills but I don't think has ever been accused of lacking buy-in. No one else on the team was ever coached by the previous regime.
  9. Maedhros

    (2019) SF Keion Brooks Jr.

    And if you check out Kentucky Sports Radio, they think it's down to UK and Indiana: http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/pilgrims-basketball-insider-notes-two-kentucky-targets-nearing-a-decision/ It's nice to know that all the competitors want to think they have a shot, but recognize that we're the team to beat.
  10. Maedhros

    Indiana vs Nebraska 1/14/19 6:30pm FS1

    No one knows what goes on in practice. Not even media, as practices are closed. We assume Clifton isn't showing anything in practice because he doesn't see the floor during games. In the absence of any other reason, it's the best one available. But it's still just an assumption. I don't get to see practice, so I have judge what I see in games. I see a player just as lost as Fitzner on defense, but without the opportunity to learn on the job. Fitzner is in his final season and has played 2,134 minutes in his career. He is who he is. Clifton is a sophomore given just 92 minutes so far in his career. Yet in that small sample he's the best rebounder on the team, a capable shot blocker, and efficient from the field. Fitzner is none of those things. The one thing he does that Clifton doesn't is shoot the three, and that's completely disappeared in Big Ten play. So even if their defense is equally poor - and the metrics actually favor Clifton - I don't at all understand why you wouldn't run out the kid who has something else to offer, and who still has upside yet to be developed. Some lessons can only be learned through meaningful minutes in live games, and for some kids the best motivator is opportunity.
  11. Maedhros

    (2019) SF Keion Brooks Jr.

    Meh. Same guy didn't have Trayce announcing when he did, even though that information was out there and proved accurate. Not saying he isn't being honest about what he's been told, only that it isn't the final word.
  12. Maedhros

    So some concerns I’m having...

    Just for clarity: Marquette at home is a Tier 2 win. By beating Penn St we dropped them to 76 in the NET, dropping that win to Tier 2 as well.
  13. Maedhros

    IUBB @ Duke- 11/27 @ 9:30

    UC Davis played four games in just six days. They played an overtime game in Arlington against TAMCC on the 17th, then had to get right back on the court the very next day for UT Arlington. They had just one day off to travel from Texas back to California for a home game on the 20th, then had to fly to Indiana for a road game on the 23rd. Sure, our rotation is shorter than theirs due to injuries, but that's a marginal difference of a few minutes per game. At best I'll look at that schedule and let you call it a wash. It certainly doesn't make me think one team being fresh and well rested is the reason why UC Davis was able to hold onto a lead for over 30 minutes of a game in Assembly Hall.
  14. Maedhros

    So some concerns I’m having...

    I don't think anyone expected to get blown out on our home court by either Indiana State or Fort Wayne, let alone both. Crean didn't leave behind a roster capable of contending for the Big Ten, but we had enough talent on hand to avoid those results. I can agree that we improved from that nadir over the course of the season, but can't say it was enough to earn back my trust after the deficit that was built up early. Remember, we lost seven of our last eleven games, and those four wins came against the four worst teams in the conference. And we ended our season with that loss to Rutgers. Others have noted the improvement in turnovers and defense that took place last season. I saw it too. But then this season we're barely 300th in the country in turnover percentage, and our offense looks a mess. I'm not saying I'm ready to call it quits on the whole Archie era. I say this only to say I'm not ready to declare him the right coach to get this program back where we all want it to be. I don't see how anyone can be certain of that at this early point, but it would seem I've also been less encouraged by the early returns than most. As the title of this thread states, I have concerns...
  15. Maedhros

    So some concerns I’m having...

    Flip the burden of proof. What evidence have you seen that Archie's system is working, or is the long term answer? I would say our turnovers were much improved over the course of last season, but they're back with a vengeance this year. Our team defense was also impressive in conference play, but if the team doesn't know how to play together on offense, what have you gained? I'm still waiting for Archie to show me something before I believe all the people telling me the future is bright or that we're on the right track. I thought I saw it with the Marquette game, but so far I've yet to see those results replicated.
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