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Stromboli last won the day on September 1 2019

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  1. Stromboli

    IUBB vs Tennessee Tech - 11/25/20 @ 8:00 ET on BTN

    Thanks for the recap, OF. I've said this before. Archie tends to be extremely transparent during these interviews. Not just Coach speak. When he tells us what our strengths will be, we need to believe it. Same with the weaknesses. Same with expectations for the freshmen. I’d encourage all of you to dig up the podcasts interviewing Archie in an informal way. The guy has been living among basketball for decades, has very close relationships with some huge names, and he can sit there and pull up stories at will. I’ve also seen him interacting with other coaches at EYBL. He’s a popular guy, kind of one of the gang. He cuts up and has some swagger. He presents the very stoic Coach thing, but I think he’s affable and the real deal. He’s got some depth and wisdom to him too, not just dumb enthusiastic sound bites. We all want the same things here: an improved offense, more wins, and a fun team to watch. I can’t stinking wait to see these guys play!!
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    (2021) SF - Aminu Mohammed

    Dark horse UWHK has a real shot here. I’ve read that Aminu really prioritizes team cohesion or other attributes!
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    (2021) SF - Aminu Mohammed

    So we’ve eliminated 20 possible days of the commitment. Sources tell me he will choose Indiana or a different school.
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    IU Football Ranked!

    It’s almost hard to believe! Indiana in the same graphic as those powerhouse programs. This has been so much fun to see this team build and grow
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    (2019) PF Trayce Jackson-Davis to INDIANA

    I couldn’t even get through it. It’s hard to watch!!
  6. Yeah if that happened it’s not difficult to prove. Nobody has been able to do so yet. This is just the dumb/fun stuff that happens at the end of a high profile recruitment. Not saying we get him. The insiders on the IU side think we’re getting him, the insiders on the Purdue side think they’re getting him. For me, I’ve got to believe the opportunity to play with his friends at IU will win out.
  7. I can assure you, I am.
  8. Okay, okay. I take it back. Stuhoo is somewhat resentful and moody while providing little to no value. Better?
  9. Welcome! Glad you’re here. Tons of good resources here. Old Fart Class of ‘66 is our resident hipster. Just turned 19, developed an algorithm to comb the entire World Wide Web for recruiting updates. USPS is an algorithm, I think. When I got here I thought he was a know-it-all. Some years later I realize he does, in fact, know it all. And Stuhoo is at least reliably upbeat while otherwise providing little to no value. Chris007 has proven several times to have access to info others don’t. And he’s a good dude, to boot.
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    College Bball Thread

    Obligatory (from Grantland): Indiana got its first win in East Lansing since 1991 with a hard-fought 72-68 win over the Michigan State Spartans. Missed free throws down the stretch hurt the Spartans, as they went 2-for-6 from the stripe in the final two minutes of the game. “I could just feel [Indiana head coach] Tom Crean looking at me as I was at the line,” said MSU guard Gary Harris, who missed a chance to tie the game at the line after being fouled on a 3-pointer. Harris went on to explain, “I’m from Indiana and the guy recruited me hard, and I really wanted to go to IU, but then you see him smile, and it’s not a real full smile, it’s like a creepy half smile. And you start looking at his hairline, and the way it goes way back but he still gets all that volume in his hair, and you start realizing something ain’t right. And then you realize Tom Izzo looks kind of the same, and so does Calipari, and so does Pitino, and you start to wonder whether your trapped in some sort of nightmare, where all of the best college basketball coaches out there are the same guy. Or maybe avatars of the same demigod? And that maybe there is no free will, and you’ll always end up playing basketball for Tom Crean, or whatever it is that Tom Crean represents, assuming it’s supernatural, which I now do. So, yeah, I missed some big free throws, but I had a lot on my mind.”
  11. Oh man I love these threads. Maybe the best part is that some things will happen this year that none of us will predict here. 1. 5-2. I'd expect a tough win or two, and a tough loss or two. Lots of moving pieces here, and waiting for the precocious new PG to get into his groove. 2. 13-7. I started at 12-8, and then decided to be a fan instead. We're due. We have got some players now, you guys. Assuming a couple new dependable stars emerge, we should be able to field a dangerous team. I expect the top of the conference to beat up on each other as always, and a few of the bottom teams to rack up a ton of losses. For the love, can Arch get the Purdue monkey off his back. 3. Uhh 4th. So ready for that not to be an optimistic projection. 4. Biggest positive surprise player. The thing is TJD could become a nation-wide star and it wouldn't be fair to call him a surprise. He was sensational last year for a freshman, and his trajectory suggests he'll be even better. Considering the fanfare that greeted Romeo, it's bizarre the modest expectations we have for young Khristian. But I mostly agree, we're keeping it reasonable here. I expect him to be a major talent upgrade, but not necessarily an immediate star. So who can qualify as a surprise star? Again, going with the emotional pick of Jerome Hunter. He was Archie's first major get, he showed faith in coming to the program. He has the chops to be a star. He's been through a lot, but hasn't seen his day in the sun yet. Justin's departure really opens up the minutes. After Jerome, I'll get Armaan in there. There's a higher ceiling there than the guards that have been getting minutes for us the past few years. Higher ceiling than Rob, Al, Devonte. He's somewhat the forgotten man right now, but don't be surprised if he becomes a real glue guy that turns out some big plays. 5. Biggest disappointment. Again, interesting to see Rob coming up here. I hate to say it, but his sophomore campaign was pretty so-so, and so I couldn't call a bad junior year a surprise disappointment. Also, I don't necessarily see it. He said recently he's the healthiest he's ever been. The dude is a very good on-ball defender, and he now has 2 years of major minutes guarding the B1G's starting PGs. I'm going with Leal/Galloway. Not that they won't play well, just that our down-home Indiana boys won't see the floor much. There are just too many wings in front of them, so these guys can sit and marinate. 6. A hot take. I've come to trust the things Archie says in his interviews. When we were all expecting Clifton Moore to be a lottery pick, Archie put that to rest before we saw him play, we just didn't want to listen. When Archie tells us before a season that we're a team that will live on 2s and free throws, that is exactly what happens. And so when Archie sneaks in that he expects small ball line-ups with Geronimo at the 4, I'm going to say that Geronimo has separated himself somewhat. Prediction: Geronimo plays 6th most minutes on the team, but his efficiency numbers suggest he's top 3. 7. Extra pickles. Archie is enjoying overwhelming approval and support amongst underwhelming results. I'm 100% behind him as well. But, objectively, he's shepherded us through a very rough stretch. I think we all trust him, though. We have got some major pieces, here. I'm hoping to see some individual skillsets improve, more utilization of the simple trickery that flat out works. Better use of screens. Better transition play with Lander. Fewer ill-advised shots (Green, Smith...). Simply better shooting percentages. Better use of the deep bench. You add this stuff up, mix in some luck, and it's time for this program to enjoy some success. I think there are enough anecdotes out there for us to believe the locker room will be vastly improved. I can see this team buying in and getting on a roll.
  12. As always, thanks for the information you have. I view this as a good thing. The plan has always been to take the visits, and he wasn't going to deviate. We know that he would have preferred to have open campuses/tours etc. Looks like he is no longer going to wait to see if restrictions are lifted. Perhaps he wants to check these boxes so he can take his visits and ideally be closer to making his decision. I like this far better than waiting on the off chance he can go and get the 5* treatment later, while we wait. Props to Trey for being diligent here. My Hoosier fan side thinks that the recent offers and recruiting activity are at least some incentive for him to claim his spot. Here's hoping. Add in the excellent weekend playing with Logan, his recent comments praising Lander. Trey would be another excellent player. We haven't had recruiting like this in so long. Really impressive work by the staff. I think Crean showed us that us being Indiana alone isn't draw enough.
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    Bruiser Could Leave for UK?

    Harmon's reaction to news is that it won't change interest in Indiana. Nice to hear, but of course it can just be saying the right things: https://www.thedailyhoosier.com/report-indiana-assistant-coach-bruiser-flint-will-join-longtime-friend-john-calipari-at-kentucky/ Look, if Archie wanted him on his staff, then it is a loss. On one hand it stinks that UK can poach a coach from us. On the other hand, that at least speaks somewhat to the quality that Flint would bring. From what I've seen and come to understand, Bruiser was pretty crucial in communicating with some of the families of recruits and players. I've even seen quotes from parents that they feel better having Bruiser there with their kids. And yes, much of this is absolutely because he is a black man. Archie, I'm sure, is keeping this in mind as he considers his next hire. It matters. (Good souls I hope I didn't just spark a nasty discussion here.) Also, can we agree the name alone is irreplaceable? Bruiser Flint? Are you kidding me? Coolest name ever.
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    2021 General Recruiting Thread

    You’re a beacon of hope in these dark times!!! Good to hear from you bud.
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    All-Time Underrated Team

    Relevant https://www.insidethehall.com/2020/06/17/romeo-loves-iu-romeo-langfords-journey-through-indiana-to-nba-dream/