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LamarCheeks

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    (2019) SF Keion Brooks Jr.

    I was more or less joking with that post. ... Kinda tongue in cheek (mainly for the reasons you stated -- "insiders" who claim to know what's going on, but really don't have any more of a clue than the rest of us.) ... But I've appreciated everyone's lessons on what to believe and not to believe!
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    (2019) SF Keion Brooks Jr.

    Sources tell me he wants to stay in-state, but is frustrated by IU's play right now. They're thinking DePauw.
  3. Tubby Smith took over an NCAA runner-up. That made a big difference. Archie took over an 18-16 team ... I think Gillispie got fired for his off-court behavior (drinking) as much as what happened on the court. In addition to that, he was somewhat easy to fire. For some reason, at nearly all his jobs, he never signs his contract, so essentially, there was no buyout that UK had to honor. He did settle for $3 million, but that wasn't a huge payout in the grand scheme of things ... Archie is the 10th-highest paid coach in the country. How much more money do you want to spend? If we fire Archie now, we owe him about $17 million.
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    (2019) SF Keion Brooks Jr.

    Hasn't he been close for about three months now???
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    How bad will next season be?

    Not sure I see the point of this thread because ... Nobody has any damn idea how good -- or bad -- we will be next season. This season isn't even over yet. Maybe we continue the malaise and finish .500 or slightly worse. Maybe after the roster is finalized, we find out that some team cancers (if there are any) are gone and were replaced by team players and win 20 games. There's no way anybody can know right now. It's not about having the best players; it's about having the right players. Listen to Matt Painter on another thread -- it's about getting guys who won't turn the ball over, who make 3s, who make FTs, who know their roles and accept them, who make each other better. I think it's possible that we have that kind of team next season -- depending on the personnel. Did anybody think after JBJ got hurt that we'd win the Big Ten and reach the Sweet 16. Did anybody think that one season later, we'd beat Kansas, beat North Carolina, get to No. 3 in the country -- only to finish 18-16 and go to the NIT?
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    I think Archie needs to channel his inner Samurai Mike!
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    Maybe the official in the bottom right corner (barely visible) passed a fluffer and nobody wanted to be near him? I'm guessing that's why nobody is on the that side of the floor.
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    Prediction League (Game 26 - Purdue 2/19/19)

    The carnage continues ... Toiletmakers 77 Hoosiers 68
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    BTW, while we were up in Minneapolis pooping our pants, Keion Brooks was in Rupp, watching pUKe destroy the No. 1 team in the country. Methinks that ship has sailed.
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    Gotcha. ... I'm not real familiar with who's on the BOT (except Buckner), so I thought Shoulders was a nickname for someone! ... LOL!
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    Pardon my ignorance, but who is Shoulders?
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    I was fully in Archie's corner, but am starting to have second thoughts ... This team does have talent. We didn't beat the crap out of Marquette and beat Louisville and Michigan State by mistake. But there clearly is something wrong (the understatement of the season). Whether the players hate Archie or hate each other or whatever -- somewhere along the way, this train went off the rails, big-time. And it's incumbent upon Archie to fix it -- and he hasn't done that. I never thought we were a Final Four team, but we sure as hell aren't a 13-12 team. Early in the season, I honestly thought we were an NCAA team that could possibly play past the first weekend. Is it that Romeo is being coddled? Or maybe the perception among teammates is that he's being coddled? Is it perhaps that Justin Smith is lazy and has an attitude problem? Is Devonte the problem? Is there an assistant that the players can't stand -- and/or vice versa? Was Fitzner a bad addition (in relation to chemistry)? Is Archie not instilling enough discipline? Is he trying to instill too much? From 12-2 and in the Top 25 to 13-12 -- so many freakin' questions. So few answers.
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    I don't think I even want to tune in Tuesday night.
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    I remember watching the Cubs a few years back when they were really struggling down the stretch of a season in which they were supposed to be contenders. It looked like many of the players just didn't care. Bob Brenly, the analyst at the time, said: "This is a dead-a$$ team." Folks, this is a dead-a$$ team.
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    I guess Romeo isn't a very good shooter off the dribble? ... I see several opportunities for him to drive at the bucket, then stop and pop from 15-18 feet -- and he never does.
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    Why is that when somebody launches a crazy, beat-the-shot-clock, no-chance 3 against us -- it always goes in???
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    We lead the free world in getting called for illegal screens. ... Either the refs are calling those too tight or we aren't learning from our mistakes!
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    In the first 1:46, Green has two fouls and a turnover.
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    IU at Minnesota 2/16/19 2pm ESPN2

    Down by 9 with 15 seconds to play and you're fouling? ... Really?
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    Random Archie/Basketball Talk

    Interesting story on Sampson ... https://sports.yahoo.com/kelvin-sampson-revived-career-turned-houston-final-four-contender-065511600.html?fbclid=IwAR2Rpb_4NAtqMbM-_kKq2q_BOgQZFjpf5G6ehfSKDdurTBcRmd8r2Eqj4n4 It does mention that not only did he commit violations at Oklahoma -- and got punished for it -- but he continued to do so at IU. But what it doesn't mention is what several have pointed out here: That pretty much with the exception of D.J. White and Eric Gordon, the players didn't go to class and didn't seem to behave particularly well. I do recall when Crean took over, when he checked the players' grades, there were something like 19 F's. To me, that what Sampson did back then is no longer illegal is irrelevant. Those were the rules and he continually and knowingly broke them. The article also mentions that Sampson learned a lot by coaching under Scott Skiles in the NBA. I wrote on another thread on this site that I thought Skiles would've been worth a look as a potential coach here -- both when we hired Crean (I think he was between jobs then) and when we hired Archie.
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    Random Archie/Basketball Talk

    I didn't write that I did. I wrote at least on the surface ...
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    Random Archie/Basketball Talk

    This is the one thing I find very puzzling about Archie. ... After one display of laziness by Justin, Bob Knight would've grabbed him, thrown him on the bench and after the game, told him he should transfer because he'd never play another minute for IU. Granted, that wouldn't have necessarily been an appropriate response, but still ... Even Tom Crean would've busted Justin's a$$ for some of the things he's done this season. ... But form Archie -- nothing. At least on the surface ... And Archie is a guy who had very little athletic ability, but because he was tough as nails, knows the game and busted his butt, became a pretty good ACC point guard. Why does he accept anything less from his players???
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    Fire Fred Glass

    I'm not sure if this is a rhetorical question or not, but I'll answer anyway: Mississippi State hired him (Chris Lemonis) away from us.
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    Cody’s freshman yr vs this year

    Speaking of Cody's freshman year, I've written this before, so please excuse my repetitiveness, but this remains my favorite moment from that season (well, behind beating Kentucky): We're playing the Toiletmakers at home in the regular-season finale. Matt Roth had come off the bench and already hit two first-half bombs. Matt Painter implores his defense to keep an eye on him. ... Cody gets the ball on the left side, just outside the lane and takes a couple dribbles. All the sudden, there are three PU guys on him. In the meantime, Roth had sneaked -- unguarded -- either around the top of the key or along the baseline (can't remember exactly) and set up -- unguarded -- right in front of the PU bench. Cody looks over the top of the triple team, sees Roth all alone and fires it over to him. Right as Roth launches a 22-footer, Gus Johnson (who did B1G Network games back then) screams: "LAYUP!" And the ball has barely left Roth's hands when Painter raises his arms in frustration. Of course, the ball found nothing but net. ... Another reminder of just how much we miss having a shooter.
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