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  1. So you flip a coin five times and it comes up heads each time. When you flip again, do you call tails because it is overdo, or do you stick with the hot streak? When you play a team twice and get crunched twice, do you go with the evidence of the past, or do you stubbornly shout to the workd, "It's our time now!" When you have a super secret good luck charm named Anthony Leal on your side, how can you lose? The fates are on our side! Seriously, Indiana right now is better than all those computer programs have us rated. How good? Let's see. Hoosiers 71 Corny Guys 70
  2. I may be in second place but I'm not going to repeat as champion anyway. That contest is basically over. I'm too late with too little this year. The smart bet here is to take Penn State. They have beaten us twice this year, and the scores were not that close. Still the Hoosiers are on a four game win streak and are starting to finally put the pieces together. Maybe. Penn State shoots lights out from 3 - we lose IU makes tons of stupid turnovers - we lose We get in serious foul trouble - we lose If Galloway doesn't play - we probable lose We score more points than Penn State - we win Notice there is only one way to win. Hoosiers 75 Nitty Lions 74
  3. Flopping around like a fish on dry land on this one. You never can tell what will happen on senior day (or underclassmen who are looking to go elsewhere day). Wish I could still believe in the value of the home court. Sticking with the hot team, I think. Who knows? Maybe I'll change my mind a couple of more times. Just know IU has to play like there hair is on fire. Hoosiers 71 Sparty 70
  4. Stick a fork in the Hoosiers. We are about done. Right? Well, maybe not. It depends. You can point a lot of fingers at what went wrong at IU this year but it basically boils down to three things. 1) we didn't pick up that extra shooting guard last summer and Newton was unable to play this year. That left us two bodies down to everyone else. 2).Our bench failed us big time. We have gone from mass substitutions at the beginning of the year to trying to find someone, ANYONE, that can contribute consistently off the bench. And, 3) with Johnson out twice this year with injuries, we have tried to take on most teams with 4 players against 5. This isn't a knock on Cupps. He plays defense and doesn't turn the ball over. However he is mostly worthless on offense. He doesn't look to shoot and doesn't produce many assists. There isn't a lot on the bench after him. If you want to blame all of this on the coach. so be it, but I'd dare anyone to figure out how to get more out of what we have. We are a one dimensional team. This is the time of the year when games should be the most predictable. We have a lot of evidence to go on. Or do we? I'm not a big Xavier Johnson fan but when he plays well he can alter the outcome of a game on both ends of the court. Notice I said can and not will. Everyone, Vegas included, is judging the Hoosiers on our season performance. Most of the year we have been without Johnson. but, he will be there tonight and that can alter the results. On paper Minnesota wins this game be about 7 at home and that is the logical pick. In every pick I make I try to be logical and consistent but tonight I'm going out on a limb and playing a hunch. Can Johnson have a 7 point impact on this game. That is basically taking away a 3 on defense and adding a couple of 2's to the IU offense. Not much but maybe enough. I'm going with the upset. If I'm wrong I drop another 50 points behind in the standings. If I'm right I pick up 50 on a lot of people. My fingers are crossed that my gut reaction is right. Hoosiers 75 Gophers 74
  5. It takes more than one game to turn this season around. We did beat these guys at Bloomington, but what have we done on the road this year? Not much. If Xavier Johnson plays major minutes and plays like he was expected to play this year we might take this one. That is asking a lot. Giving the edge to Maryland here. Indiana 65 Maryland 72
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  7. When did IU basketball become IU football? About a dozen games ago. The home court advantage is dead and Wisconsin plays defense and shoots threes. There is talent on the team but the pieces don't fit. Not a lot we can do about it at this point in the season. About the only hope we have left is that Xavier Johnson (remember him?) comes back as someone other than himself. Not counting on it. Hoosiers 71 Badgers 73
  8. The freefall continues at Penn State. This is a team that whacked up good in Bloomington. But then I guess the home court advantage isn't so much of an advantage to Indiana. We are heading for a sub-100 ranking. It is starting to feel like the early Crean years. Indiana 72 Penn St 78
  9. Asking myself if I really care. They pounded us in Nebraska when we were better than we are now. Got a feeling they are all going to be close like this until the end of the season. Indiana 74 Nebraska 75
  10. I tossed a coin and it came up heads. Then I tossed it again and it came up tails. So I tossed it again and it came up heads. Northwestern will have the best player on the floor. Indiana is playing at home. Shrug. Scratch head. Pull hair Indiana 73 NW 72
  11. Oh, Joy. Two hours of hearing Purdue fans chant "IU sucks!" in the background. Indiana 66 Purdue 85
  12. It is so hard not to over rate the result of the last game. That was the stinkeroo of all stinkeroos. Okay, forget that. Instead I'll consider that we have lost 6 of our last 9 games. Even worse we have lost 4 of our last 5. In short we aren't a very good team. Despite our winning record we have been outscored 1634 to 1616. Even the loyalist have given up hope for the post season, and we aren't thinking NCAA here we are thinking NIT. We have talent but the pieces don't fit together very well. I seriously doubt that IU will be favored in ANY game for the remainder of the season. We are really that bad. We beat Ohio State in Bloomington. Can we repeat in Columbus? Not likely. Hoosiers 70 Buckeyes 77
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    Prediction League RESULTS Thread

    Had to get my mind off yesterday's big failure against Penn State so I decided to do a bit of Prediction League statistical digging. Discovered that collectively we are a lot smarter than we are individually. Added up our new "average" results and discovered that the average has racked up 2084 points after 22 games, after dropping the two lowest. That would be good enough for 10th place in the current standings. There is an old saying that the majority knows best. Certainly looks that way, especially since the average each game can't win any given week. Know that old statement that past results don't necessarily guarantee future returns. One year ago, after 22 games, rcs29 was in first place with 2113 points and I was in the catbird seat with 2110. Despite improving 11 points on my 2022-23 pace, I'm currently stuck in 6th place, in a tie with RICO, and rapidly losing contact with the leader, Hper50. Oh, how was Hper50 doing at this time last year? He was in 33rd place with a score of 1856, an improvement of 33 places and a gain of 366 points this year. Incredible!
  14. Why are Indiana basketball teams always made up of the walking wounded? Hard to make a prediction here when you don't know exactly who will be playing. Still there are two factors that should sway this game. First it is a home game and secondly Penn State is pretty pathetic, especially on the road. Could this be a breakout game for Sparks? Just throwing the dice and hoping everything comes up positive. Indiana 78 PSU 71
  15. Last basket made wins this one. It could be that close. Iowa can put up a cloud of 3's so it is imperative that IU guard that line because we are going to get outscored from outside, and we need to hold that margin down. Hope the home crowd is large and loud. We need that 6th man going for us. Would probably help a lot if we get Ware back and Johnson doesn't play like an idiot. After facing the Big10s murderers row we have our backs to the wall. We NEED a win! Going with the home team here but the confidence isn't high. Indiana 80 Iowa 79