In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Devonte Green and Rob Phinisee key to backcourt success
• Tough test against Rutgers
• Don Fischer wins award
Welcome Hoosier fans to today’s edition of Banner Morning — your daily rundown of IU basketball news and notes.
I’m Dylan Wallace and Archie Miller gave some insight on his radio show last night.
Miller has had some time to digest how the past week has been for his team, which featured a not-so-great win over Northwestern and a pretty good win over now No. 21 Ohio State, who was No. 11 at the time.
Miller said, “An emotional week, to win two games at home, you kind of sit back and realize, that took a lot.”
The two victories boosted Indiana back to receiving votes in the AP poll. The Hoosiers are receiving 50 votes, which is the fourth most.
Miller spoke a lot about the Ohio State game and Indiana’s upcoming opponent during his radio show, and he said that Devonte Green and Rob Phinisee played like an All-Big Ten backcourt on Saturday.
Green led the team in scoring with 19 points, and Phinisee, in his first start, attempted the most shots he’s taken in a game this season, going 5-12 from the field with 13 points. He also played the most minutes this season at 29. The more aggressive Phinisee is, the better, and the more Green can get hot and play with confidence, the better.
Miller also addressed the 10-minute scoring drought the Hoosiers had in the first half, and he was surprised it ended up being that long.
He said, “We were playing so hard defensively I thought we didn’t know we weren’t scoring… you couldn’t tell because the game was so fiercely competitive.”
Indiana will play Rutgers tomorrow, and it’s been announced that the RAC is sold out for the game. Rutgers is the final Big Ten team receiving votes in the AP poll with eight.
Miller described the Scarlet Knights matchup and the Big Ten as a whole as, “Great for our league. It’s not fun.” He also added it’s about embracing the chance to play a great team every night.
Miller finally picked his winner for the college football championship last night, and he picked Clemson, which was wrong.
Don Fischer then made the correct pick, which was LSU.
Speaking of Fischer, we’d like to congratulate him on winning Indiana Sportscaster of the Year.
This is the 27th time Fischer has won the award.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in, your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.