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  1. Honkyman

    (2020) SF Jordan Geronimo to Indiana

    There is nobody currently on the team or a part of the 2020 class who is a good enough shooter to push Brunk to the bench next year. Leal may be good enough to play the role Franklin is playing this year. And, Franklin may be good enough next year to push Durham to a reserve role. But unless IU is able to land an unsigned top shooter in the spring, the starting lineup will include Brunk at center and Smith at the 3 with Hunter possibly getting more time if he has found his shot by then. Experience will have to make up for the lack of shooting skill.
  2. Honkyman

    (2020) SF Jordan Geronimo to Indiana

    Brunk will be here next year and will probably better. Archie clearly likes Brunk as a starter. I predict there is no chance Brunk comes off the bench in 2020-21.
  3. Honkyman

    (2020) SF Jordan Geronimo to Indiana

    Joey Brunk shot 7 for 8 from the field against Nebraska including a couple of nice jump shots. He is shooting 54% from the field. There are times when he is the only IU player who seems to be giving it his all. Meanwhile, Jerome Hunter is shooting 34% from the field, 19% from 3-point range. Based on performance, I suspect Archie will continue to start Brunk this year.
  4. Honkyman

    IU at Nebraska Game Thread 1/18 7 PM BTN

    The front court played well including the reserves. Jerome Hunter played just 8 minutes but was 2 for 3 both 3-point shots. D'Ron Davis didn't play much (6 minutes) but he played well--2 for 2 from the field. The guard play was not particularly good. Green didn't shoot well--just one 3-point shot, 1 for 6 from the field--but he generally played better than he has lately. Rob Phinisee started out well but ended up with four turnovers and just 2 for 7 from the field (1 for 5 from 3-point range). Al Durham--IU's best free-throw shooter--missed two clutch free throws and was just 1 for 6 from the field (1 for 5 from 3-point range). So the guards still need to step up if IU is to have any chance against Michigan State on Thursday.
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    (2021) PF Trey Kaufman

    The way IU is playing it is not surprising the top players are leaning toward other schools. Of course, Purdue isn't playing very well either except for the Michigan State game.
  6. What Rutgers, Maryland and Wisconsin had in common was poor guard play, including awful 3-point shooting. Our effort against Rutgers was better than in the Maryland game which I am regret to say I attended. There didn't seem to be any effort (except by Brunk) against Maryland whereas against Rutgers there was occasional effort.
  7. The guard play was awful. Yes, Green was terrible but so were Phinisee and Durham. The problem is the coach has yet to go out and recruit shooters not to mention his offensive schemes depress movement that can generate scoring. Hopefully, they can somehow scratch out a win at Nebraska since that is probably the last opportunity to win on the road this season.
  8. The guard play stinks again. Al Durham makes 4 bad plays for every good one. Rob Phinisee is doing nothing.
  9. Doesn't the IU basketball team need a new locker room? As coach, Knight destroyed a bunch of lockers.
  10. The best pass of the Northwestern game was Devonte Green to Justin Smith for the slam. Green is the best shooter and the best passer on the IU team. He just seems to lack the discipline to put that talent for consistent play.
  11. There are a lot worse things to complain about than what two guys on the bench were doing. It is the lack of energy on the floor that put IU in the hole not lack of enthusiasm on the bench. And, for those taking shots at Justin Smith, IU would not have won without him. The guy scored 18 points, including two key put backs and several rebounds down the stretch. Yes, he played poor defense until the end, but so did everyone else except Al Durham. The poor shooting continues to plague IU but Durham's foul shooting and tough defense helped them avoid a disaster.
  12. Rob played well at the very end but stunk the rest of the game and failed to score. Al was the only guard who played well.
  13. Honkyman

    Your Starters and Lineups

    If work ethic means anything, making Al captain was a good decision.
  14. Honkyman

    Your Starters and Lineups

    Starting 3 guards is ludicrous. Aside from the fact that Green is the only guard on the team who can shoot and he is sporadic, playing three guards means there is only one guard for substitution. That's Al Durham who happens to be the only IU player who consistently hits free throws (83.7%) and is the 2nd best three point shooter on the team (37.2%). Al also is the best guard at taking the ball to the hoop which is why he is 2nd to TJD in free throw attempts. Plus Al along with Joey Brunk are the only players who at this time anyway seem to be playing hard and with heart. Franklin's 3-point throw shooting, with the sole exception of the Notre Dame game, is atrocious for a starting guard (20.5%) and he has a tendency to throw the ball away. If IU is playing for the future rather winning this year, then start Franklin.
  15. Honkyman

    Do we have any good guards?

    You can say he isn't talented enough to play at Indiana University, but at least Al Durham can make free throws (83.7%) which is more than you say about any of the other players (Rob Phinisee is hitting 79.2% but he has only shot half as many). Al's 3-point average is 2nd highest on the team (37.2%)--though admittedly his 3-point shooting dropped once the competition picked up. And, there is something to be said for players who play hard. Joey Brunk also plays hard and with heart. I'm not sure about the rest of the team.