IU-Eastern Illinois Link Roundup: “We can be a really special team.”

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Finally!

After a long offseason and a brief preseason, Indiana basketball is back … for real!

Dominating in all facets of the game, Indiana never really gave Eastern Illinois a chance, as the Hoosiers went on to win 88-49 on Friday the 13th.

And we can safely say that Yogi’s streak is still alive! 😀

After a strong performance on both ends of the court, I know I’m not the only Hoosier who was proud of the team’s effort.

Oh, we mentioned this on the postgame show, but it’s worth mentioning again: Tonight’s win marks the 1,000th home victory in Indiana history!

Max Bielfeldt had a promising quote after the game,

If we play like we played tonight, we can be a very special team.

Let’s get to the links!

The Standards

Featured Article

This game’s featured article is from Mike Miller of the Hoosier Scoop:

Bryant’s explosive above-the-rim play midway through the second half was indicative of Indiana’s energy in an 88-49 runaway victory over Eastern Illinois in Friday’s season opener at Assembly Hall.

Read the article for insight! :-)

The Rest

In case you were unable to watch the game due to it being online, here’s a quick recap.

In The Minute After, Ryan Corazza gives his instant reaction to the Hoosier victory. His biggest takeaway is Blackmon’s defensive energy. 

Alex Bozich gives a few quick thoughts after the game. Find out who was his standout performer.

Zach Osterman talks about how Thomas Bryant made his presence felt in his Hoosier debut.

Fun Fact: IU’s bench had as many points in the first half as Eastern Illinois had as a team, 17.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a video of Alex McCarthy breaking down some positive trends for this Indiana squad.

Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student gave some of his insights including Indiana’s ability to throw out a plethora of unique lineups that Miller describes as “fun.”

Here’s another article from the IDS. This one is from Andy Wittry who discusses the Hoosiers “flexing their rebounding muscles.”

Here’s a take from Jordan Guskey, who points out the obvious stating IU defeated EIU easily.

Go inside Assembly Hall with this photo gallery from Chris Howell from the Hoosier Scoop. For another perspective, here’s a photo gallery from Jamie Owens of Inside the Hall.

Terry Hutchens talks a little bit about Robert Johnson’s play. Find out what he liked from the sophomore.

BTN Student U caught up with Robert Johnson after the game, watch the video here.

We’ll add more links as we find them. If you find one you like that isn’t listed here, post it in the comments below. :-)

Indiana-Ottawa Link Roundup: “It took us a little while to get going.”

Basketball is Back!

Indiana took on Ottawa to open the exhibition portion of its schedule, and although it wasn’t always pretty, the Hoosiers had an overall solid performance against the Gee-Gees, winning 82-54.

Tom Crean states that they will learn from this game, and let’s hope he’s right.

It’s intriguing to see how the Hoosiers will look next week after shaking off some rust.

Max Bielfeldt summed it up with a simple statement,

It took us a little while to get going.

But once Indiana got going, they played well and cruised to victory.

Before we look ahead, let’s recap this exhibition victory.

The Standards

Featured Article

The featured article for this game is from Zach Osterman of the Indy Star, who states this game was a good one to take some lessons from.

For a team with Big Ten title aspirations, it [the game] was instructive throughout, leaving the Hoosiers with plenty to improve ahead of next week’s season opener.

The Rest

Here’s a quick recap of the game from Stu Jackson of AllHoosiers.

Mike Miller of The Hoosier Scoop breaks down the game. You can get his recap here.

Check out Alex Bozich’s “At the Buzzer” which depicts what Indiana needs to build on and what needs to improve.

In The Minute After, Jordan Littman states that Indiana played the way they needed to in order to win. He goes on to say, “The Hoosiers had their opportunity to pounce on the Gee-Gees. And they did just that.”

Alex McCarthy talks about Max Bielfeldt’s reliable presence in the post, and his play on both ends of the court.

Here’s a video recap of the game by Osterman who calls tonight a remarkably productive evening for an ultimately meaningless game.

Go inside Assembly Hall with a photo gallery of the game by Jamie Owens.

Rick Bozich details seven reasons Indiana (mostly) looked better than last season.

And in case you missed it from early on Tuesday, Jerod and Alex interviewed Pat Forde for Podcast on the Brink. The main topic was Pat’s recent article about the handwritten notes Tom Crean required his players to write to former Hoosiers.

We’ll add more links as we find them. If you find one you like that isn’t listed here, post it in the comments below.

Tough Non-Conference Slate Will Help Develop Grit of This Year’s Hoosiers Squad

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On paper, Indiana appears to have one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.

“I don’t remember us having a tougher one in my eight years,” Crean said at Big Ten Media Day.

In past seasons, Crean’s Hoosiers have played some marquee non-conference games: at Syracuse and NC State; at home against North Carolina and SMU; the annual series against Kentucky (not anymore); plus neutral site games against big-time opponents like Georgetown and Louisville.

This season, however, presents challenges and opportunities that Crean’s IU teams haven’t had in non-conference slates from past seasons.

Tough matchups that will take Indiana thousands of miles around the country — to Maui, to Durham, North Carolina and even just up the road to Indianapolis — should help Indiana develop chemistry and grit before it is tested in the conference schedule, which kicks off at Rutgers on December 30.

Balanced roster should be ready for the challenge

The Hoosiers have a good mix of talent on this team.

Some guys are experienced and have been around the block, while others are raw freshmen looking to break on to the scene.  And there are guys like Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. who got a lot of playing time in their freshman seasons, but are still just sophomores.

Players like Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, and maybe OG Anunoby (if the rib injury to Collin Hartman lingers), are freshmen who will be thrown right into the fire of big-time matchups against some of the country’s elite teams. They will have to learn on the fly.

Because of the tough early-season tests against top-of-the-line opponents that Indiana will face away from Assembly Hall, Indiana’s most experienced players will have to be leaders for this team right off of the bat. Leaning heavily on seniors like Yogi Ferrell, Nick Zeisloft, and newcomer Max Bielfeldt will be key.

Breaking down the schedule

Few programs play true road games during the non-conference schedule anymore, but this Indiana team will be different. Indiana will play in one of the most hostile environments in all of college basketball when they travel to Cameron Indoor to face #4 Duke on December 2.

In addition to Cameron Indoor, the Hoosiers will play in one of the most unique venues in college basketball when they travel to Hawaii to play in the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center. This year’s Maui field is stacked with talent and playing three games in three days will test the Hoosiers early on.

Indiana begins its tournament playing a strong up-and-coming Wake Forest team, and then could face teams like Vanderbilt, UCLA, St. John’s, UNLV, or Kansas in their second and third games.

In the now-annual ‘Crossroads Classic’ that pits the four big Indiana basketball schools up against each other at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, the Hoosiers will square off against #18 Notre Dame on December 19.

While this year’s Notre Dame team is unlikely to be as good as the team that almost knocked off Kentucky last year in the NCAA Tournament, the Irish will still present a stiff test for Indiana.

These challenges early on can only help this Hoosier team improve, which should set Indiana up for success in the conference slate — a conference in which the media predicts them to finish second.

Playing these types of tough games early in the season can help a team develop grit for their conference slate. When you play in a conference like the Big Ten, getting non-conference experience in different types of environments against good opponents can help your team grow and become the team it is capable of becoming. (We see this annually with Michigan State.)

The experts say that playing good teams will make you a better team. This is a big reason why Indiana fans have wanted to see the non-conference schedule get tougher.  It appears IU fans have their wish this season. Now we’ll find out if Indiana is up to the challenge.

IUBB News Roundup: Some Good News, Some Bad, at Big Ten Media Day

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With Big Ten Media Day now done, we are yet another step closer to the season starting!

All that stands between you and actual Indiana basketball games is Hoosier Hysteria. We’re only a few weeks away …

Before we get to the links, let’s get pumped for the season by watching this video.

Big Ten Media Day

Tom Crean only had to answer a few questions about off-the-court issues. Zach Osterman talks about this “Welcome change.”

For your viewing pleasure, you can watch Max, Nick, and Yogi speak about the upcoming season.

You can also watch Tom Crean as he met with the media in a roundtable session. Plus, here is a video and transcript of Crean giving his annual preseason presser. 

If you don’t have the time to watch all of these videos, don’t worry! Here is the Ryan Corazza’s notebook on Big Ten Media Day.

News on Current Hoosiers

Are Thomas Bryant, Max Bielfeldt, Juwan Morgan, and OG Anunoby up to the challenge of a championship-caliber season? Pete DiPrimio gives his take, which provides some promising answers.

The preseason All-Big Ten team has been announced with two Hoosiers making the cut. Who are they?

Three Hoosiers have been named to watch lists for national awards. Find out who the trio is here.

Five freshman have been named to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award watch list. Has a Hoosier made the list? Of course, or else why would we share this story? 😉 Find out who it is.

Indiana has been dealing with its fair share of injuries. Here is the report from the Indiana Daily Student. Additionally, here is an additional take on the injuries from Inside the Hall.

The Hoosiers will start the season ranked in the USA Today coaches poll.

It’s one thing to start the season ranked, but it’s up to Indiana to make the season a success. Zach Osterman breaks down the Hoosiers’ schedule. What portions of the schedule does he find pivotal?

Check out this article on Max Bielfeldt. It explains how “everything old is new again” for the graduate transfer.

If you missed Victor’s comments regarding Hoosiers basketball, heree is your chance to see what words of advice he gave to current and future Indiana teams.

Tom Crean took the Hoosiers to Baltimore last weekend. There, the team visited the Ravens as they prepared for the Cleveland Browns. Check out their interesting weekend here.

With the Ravens being coached by Crean’s brother-in-law John Harbaugh, here is a story about Crean and his history with the Harbaugh’s and Tom Izzo.

Hoosier Hysteria is coming up this week. Find out which IU alum will be hosting the much anticipated event!

News on Future Hoosiers

Well, the recruiting front has been quiet as of late with only one update to share. Bruce Brown visited Indiana this weekend. Brown is considered one of the most versatile guards in the 2016 class.

Lastly, Some Favorites

POTB: Episode 93 – 16 Questions for 2015-16: Part One

Our Latest: Here’s our latest episode (and our first on Blab). Analyzing the (Now Complete) 2015-16 IU Schedule

Finally, we leave you with the most important news yet that comes from Yogi…

We’ll be sure to update the post if any breaking news on this important matter comes out.

That’s all the links we have for now.

Did we miss anything? If so, feel free to share the link in a comment below!

We’ll have another brand new episode of The Assembly Call next week. Watch your email for details. (Or subscribe to our list if you haven’t already.)

IUBB News Roundup: Practice Begins, Tom Talks, and … Yogi Dunks?

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Practice has begun and we are officially one step closer to the Hoosier basketball season, so there really couldn’t be a better time to get back on the horse and do another news roundup. :-)

In this edition, catch up on news surrounding the current team, the future team with some recruiting updates, and enjoy some #IUBB videos and podcasts.

First, news on this season’s Hoosiers

Yogi has one more season to achieve his ultimate goal of winning a championship. Find out what the senior is doing to put the Hoosiers in the best position possible to do so.

Speaking of Yogi, you should watch this quick video of him throwing it down!

James Blackmon Jr. has made a full recovery from surgery this summer, but what are the keys to success for the sophomore guard? Alex McCarthy gives you the answer.

Newcomer, Josh Newkirk has a plan to return to practice after microfracture surgery on his left knee.

Now, I know what you’re thinking … What does the recovery road look like for people who suffer injuries like Blackmon and Newkirk? We have the answer! IU Grad and longtime Assembly Call listener, Elissa Deusner, gives you insight on the rehabilitation processes for each player.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s a video of Tom Crean who recently spoke with the media and gave an update on the team. Crean touched on an assortment of topics as the Hoosiers embarked on a new season with the start of practice.

If you don’t have the time to watch the video, here’s the interview in a nutshell.

With practice officially underway, what should the Hoosiers focus on the most? If you answered “Defense” then you will be happy to read this! :-)

Here’s Pete DiPrimo’s take on Indiana’s defense where he states: “If you want to play, you’d better defend.”

Indy Star’s Zach Osterman does his best to answer the question: What will IU basketball look like in 2015-16?

The Hoosiers keep garnering national attention, as they are ranked at No. 13 in the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25.

Crean is embracing the new rule in college basketball that permits teams to practice two weeks earlier. Obviously, Indiana is eager to get started.

Check out the latest Podcast on the Brink. Jerod and Alex are joined by Eamonn Brennan of ESPN. The trio discusses a wide range of topics, from reasons to be optimistic about the Hoosiers this season to some intriguing national storylines.
A new book about to be published alleges that Louisville paid escorts for basketball recruits. How might this pertain to IU?
Just in case you missed when Hoosier Hysteria will be, you can find all that information here.

Next, news on the recruiting front

Indiana’s first 2016 recruit, Grant Gelon, has heard the skeptics and the criticism. The Crown Point senior doesn’t let it get to him, but rather he uses it as motivation.

If you haven’t heard, four-star guard, Curtis Jones has committed to Indiana as the team’s second recruit for 2016.

Osterman believes that Jones is the perfect fit for the Hoosiers. Find out why here.

Check out a recap of De’Ron Davis’s visit to Indiana. Davis is a four-star power forward from Aurora, Colorado.

5-star recruit Miles Bridges announced his college decision on Saturday. Indiana made his final three, but as expected, the Hoosiers were not the choice. Michigan State was. (Be careful … Tom Izzo is assembling a powerhouse recruiting class.)

That’s all of the links that we have for now.

Did we miss anything? If so, feel free to share the link in a comment below!

We’ll have another brand new episode of The Assembly Call next week. Watch your email for details. (Or subscribe to our list if you haven’t already.)