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Stromboli last won the day on September 1 2019

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    (2023) - SG Jakai Newton to INDIANA

    Dude I think Woodson is looking for great teammates. Talent too, for sure. But he’s trying to create a cohesive team of good dudes. All these guys come from just great families.
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    (2023) - SG Jakai Newton to INDIANA

    Love this. This staff has done a ton of work in very little time Welcome Jakai!
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    Major announcement?

    I’m sure there will be concessions, and I feel I’ve heard that those are usually equal to ticket sales. Also add on whatever the auctioned interactive experiences get. They’re renting the facility (SSAH), and I’m sure expenses will be very high. Still, this will be a CHUNK for these guys. Getting it arranged in the first year of all of this is impressive. And I love that even if other schools do try to mimic this event, few will be able to generate the crowds and buzz we can.
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    Major announcement?

    Studies on auctions repeatedly show a low entry bid will lead to a higher sale price. That said, I think maybe they’re communicating that the player interaction won’t come cheap. $100 just doesn’t really move the needle, these are quasi-pro athletes. More studies. The average men’s basketball player for NCAA D-1 is worth $170,000 to his school per year. At Indiana? That jumps to $870,000 per year. Setting up an event like this and giving these guys beer money just won’t get it done. Props to the university for flexing its clout a little and setting up a way for these guys to keep some of the value they provide. Also, maybe this is the way TJD will get greater returns from this event than Duncomb. TJD keeps most of the bid money for his interactive experience, Logan gets what his bidders will pay, etc. then the ticket sales can be divided equally by the team. That is a very accurate way of determining exactly who should receive what: just set up the market. https://www.businessinsider.com/college-basketball-player-value-2017-3
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    Your Moderators

    I’d hide this post if I knew how to do it.
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    Your Moderators

    Listen. Am I the best mod? No. But do I come here every day and give it my all? Also no. But do I love each and every member of this board like a brother? Still no. Truth be told I tried to ban a few posters but apparently I wasn’t given that kind of power. But seriously, if any of you have any questions feel free to let me know so I can get Stuhoo to handle it. - The O. G. And Greatest Board Sandwich
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    Major announcement?

    I think we’re getting too caught up in the who rather than the what. The point is that Indiana is being very proactive about this NIL thing, and positioning IU to succeed under these new rules. Very often the first attempts won’t be perfect, and we can expect that if the Hysterics guys can be improved upon in the future, then their role will be taken by or supplemented with something else. I don’t think the support from Cuban, the players, etc is necessarily for the Hysterics. The support is for the objective. And it so happens that the Hysterics guys are the ones stepping up to make this happen. I'm a huge fan of the talent getting paid, and so from that angle I love this announcement. And if we want to attract recruits, then the dollars coming to the players from events like these arranged with the university will make IU that much more attractive.
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    Favorite All-Time Hoosier Basketball Player

    Honestly it’s Yogi for me. The guy was our PG on our two most recent Sweet Sixteen teams. His stats and records are legit. He was a ton of fun to watch. And I just like the dude. Maybe my favorite recent moment in IU basketball is the 32 point run we put on Michigan in ‘15-‘16, with Yogi leading the way. Big Ten teams hated facing Yogi, the dude could play, and he produced for 4 years. How far back do you have to go to find an IU guard as good Yogi? Maybe EJ and Romeo, but both were 1 year wings on crappy teams that suffered from wrist injuries halfway through the season. (I love EJ and Romeo, btw). Coverdale is my guy, we were on the same soccer team as 6 year olds and graduated together. 2002 was incredible but still Cov didn’t produce like Yogi. Yogi’s teams have been the lone bright spot in the last two decades. The great players of the Knight era were basically during my childhood and I just don’t have memories of them the same way.
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    (2022) - PF Noah Clowney

    Yeah… I don’t like it, but she wouldn’t spill the beans like that if it meant something. I’m guessing those are Noah’s siblings, and she’s a proud mama. It’s a really good pic, hideous uniforms aside. One of my favorite pics of my oldest kid he’s in a Purdue hat. His mom was an all-American athlete there, so it is what it is. I still love the pic and have no doubt he’s an Indiana fan. Wasn’t this the visit he texted our coach(es) during the visit? Oof. I remember Kris Wilkes did that to UCLA from Crean’s office. edit: anyone here good with photoshop?
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    Who will be most improved player & Why.

    Most improved is easier when you’ve got some distance to travel. I think the quality of roster is stronger and so even if Trey is most improved, he won’t get starter minutes. And I like Trey a lot. He makes things happen and sees the action well. I think we’ll see Geronimo transition into a player this year. The Oladipo comparisons are too easy but a great model. It’s funny because he doesn’t seem like a guy you run plays for, but just expect him to produce based on his ability.
  11. Honkyman, Brass Cannon. Real cute, you two. Don’t ruin a good time with your bickering. Neither of you are making new points. Let it goooooooo. Real hard to make many snap judgments here. The team kinda met each other 8 weeks ago. We do have some players, and a coaching staff we trust. And dang, who complains about two wins?? You know what? Being an Indiana fan is awesome. We still have access to excellent players. We have several quality media sources. And then resources like this board (I’m basically talking about Old Fart here) providing piles of information for us. Good souls we’ve been patient. Really hoping this team gives us something to cheer for.
  12. One of the recent articles (ITH maybe?) on Tamar, he mentioned that Woodson has him learning the ropes at PG. Somewhat surprising with X, Lander, and Rob. My guess is that Lander and Rob just don’t provide enough right now to occupy one of the five spots on the floor. I’ve read plenty about the size of Mega. 4-1 Motion is supposed to make them pay for that. Unless these 6’10” guys can really guard 1-5. Something clicked for us Friday if their bestish player had 3 points. Fast hands, long arms from a 6’6” guy can really shrink the court for them, and Woodson seems to want to play like that. I loved seeing the win, but this is an exhibition game. And so I’d expect to see more creative lineups and more time for the guys at the end of the bench. More emphasis on running the offense as designed (I have no idea if this happened Friday). And frankly some feisty coaches trying to prepare this team to win when the games count. My hope is that the guys carry the same energy on defense and we get some great fast break highlights. The player I’ll be watching is Parker Stewart. I don’t think we have a good feel for what he’s going to be. FullSizeRender.mov
  13. Came to share my emotions but I guess those aren't welcome... I expect to see (read tweets about) an entirely different team, aside from Trayce. Even the old guys that will get playing time should look different. Geronimo? Hardly know ye. Lander? Hardly know ye. Kopp? Durr? Johnson? Bates??? Who the heck are these guys. Really don't want to trot out another team of placeholders hoping for a miracle. About Trayce. The dude could go down as an all-timer. It's rare to get a player this good and this seasoned, and MAN do I hope Woody et al can make use of it.
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    College Conference/Football Expansion

    From u/ImminentReddits on the College Basketball subreddit: FullSizeRender.mov