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  1. Maedhros

    College Bball Thread

    We weren't expected to make the tournament? What fresh nonsense is this? We were picked third in the Big Ten preseason media poll. Both the AP preason poll and the preseason KenPom rankings had us at 28 nationally. National writers like Rob Dauster, Gary Parrish and Andy Katz all had us ranked in the 20's of their preseason rankings. Those are all the marks of a tournament worthy team, and one that would be favored to win a game. We finished the year at 52 in KenPom, and stopped receiving AP votes in January.
  2. Maedhros

    College Bball Thread

    It's the second time in as many pages that I've seen the media previews mentioned. The media had this team picked top five or better in the conference. Brendan Quinn at the Athletic ran the unofficial Big Ten media poll, and Indiana was picked third. That's where Alex Bozich and Zach Ostermann picked Indiana, as well. Gary Parrish at CBS had Indiana 4th in the Big Ten, 25th in the country. Rob Dauster at NBC had Indiana 28th in the country, but 3rd in the Big Ten. Andy Katz at NCAA had Indiana 5th in the Big Ten, but 22nd in the country. Even the preseason AP Poll and KenPom ratings both had us 28th in the country, 4th and 5th in the Big Ten respectively. Anyone talking about banner number 6 was being objectively foolish, but I don't think those picks translate to "middle of the pack" either. We certainly weren't picked to place around where we finished, as claimed by a poster on the previous page. As for taking the level of success of Purdue, we've already decided that's not good enough. Matt Painter is in his 14th season at Purdue, and only just now got past the Sweet Sixteen. It took him 12 seasons to achieve his second Big Ten title and third Sweet Sixteen appearance. We fired a coach with those accomplishments nine seasons after we had asked that coach to start from scratch. In his ninth season, Matt Painter finished dead last in the conference That's my bar. I don't need Archie to be Bob Knight, and hang multiple banners. I just want him to be better than the guy he replaced. I'm 36, and for as much as they get talked down on these boards, those five years from when Cody arrived to when Yogi left were the most consistent success Indiana has achieved within memory. Those are the years I want Archie to meet and exceed.
  3. Maedhros

    What will it take to win #6

    By both KenPom and Bart Torvik, we actually rated out worse on offense this season than we did the year prior. Our rank may have climbed ten spots on KenPom, but our actual Adjusted Offensive Efficiency dropped a few ticks.
  4. Maedhros

    2019 Off-Season IU Roster News and Moves

    I agree, but then I also think we're already there. Over the summer we had offers out to Tre Mann (26), DJ Carton (28), Jahmius Ramsey (30), Jalen Lecque (33), Anthony Harris (66), James Bouknight (70), Tyrell Terry (76). Some of those were more serious than others, but the only guy we could even get in for a visit was DJ Carton. The Indiana kids Brandon Newman (128) Armaan Franklin (156) were among the last guards we offered, and we took the commitment of the least heralded of them all. I don't say that to mean recruiting rankings are definitive, only that we appear to have already swung and missed on our top options, when you look at who we recruited and when. It's awesome that there are still two Top 100 guards available, and with Indiana interest, but it does feel like we're already at or past our 4th or 5th choice.
  5. Maedhros

    2019 April Evaluation Period

    Far from casting judgment, I'm just curious to see who we actually target in the 2020 class. I went to the EYBL event in Westfield last year and had a blast watching Trendon Watford, Kira Lewis, Keion Brooks and Trayce Jackson-Davis alongside the biggest coaches in the business. If I hadn't been watching Indy Heat, I could have taken in Armaan Franklin and Brandon Newman on the court next to me. This season, I genuinely don't know who to plan to see when the EYBL returns in May. Hoping to have some clarity over the next month.
  6. Maedhros

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    What? Aaron Henry wasn't offered until July 16, 2017. Later that very same evening Race Thompson committed. The following afternoon Jerome Hunter and Damezi Anderson committed. Henry's offer wasn't even 24 hours old. The kid barely had time to sleep on it before three forwards who had each held offers for over a month decided to jump aboard.
  7. Maedhros

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    Nah, that's only what happened with offers under the previous guy. :D
  8. Maedhros

    2019 General Recruiting Thread

    I disagree. We offered Damezi a full month before Henry received his offer, Jerome and Race were offered even before that. Offers aren't given randomly. For better or worse, the staff made a decision on who to target and who to make a priority; they chose Damezi over Aaron Henry.
  9. As I recall, the tide began to turn when Andrew Slater placed his pick for Vanderbilt about two weeks before the announcement. Even Nashville native Jerry Meyer hailed the pick as a potential game changer on Twitter, despite not changing his own pick until the day of. That said, the chatter right up until that morning was still that it could go either way between Indiana and Vanderbilt, until word did leak out. Anyone remember that Paul Biancardi column that went up at ESPN hours before Garland's scheduled announcement? The above is why the Andrew Slater pick for Keion to Kentucky is what has me concerned the most, at the moment.
  10. It's that old cliche, right? Practice doesn't make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect. Plenty of guys enter Division I with poor mechanics. If what they're doing right now isn't working, practicing more on their own apart from the coach staff isn't going to improve things. The players need someone to step in and make corrections. Given Archie's track record at Dayton, I'm not sanguine.
  11. It's weird to me that some look at these stats and think that's not on Archie, rather than the opposite. This team is not devoid of shooters, but we don't run plays for them; we're the worst screening team I've seen in years. We take what the other team is willing to give us, and so our worst three points shooters are the ones who end up taking most of the shots. Last night Iowa went zone, and we just settled for trying to shoot over it. Too often a three is attempted after we haven't been able to get anything going in the half court and the shot clock is winding down; small wonder we aren't making a great percentage. Our poor shooting from distance is a symptom of our struggles on offense, not the cause.
  12. 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....
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Maedhros

    College Bball Thread

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