In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Another fun IU social media video.
• The tip time is set for this Sunday’s showdown in Ann Arbor.
• Indiana moves up in the human polls.
• There is quite a bit of variance in IU’s computer rankings.
• What is Andy Bottoms’ biggest takeaway from Indiana’s non-conference resume?
• Happy birthday to two Hoosier newcomers.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re now just one day away from the resumption of Big Ten play.
In team news …
The IU Twitter account posted a video running down the top 10 plays of the season. It’s worth a watch. You won’t be surprised which play took the top spot, but I promise you’ll enjoy watching it again.
Also, the tip time for this Sunday’s showdown against Michigan in Ann Arbor is set. The game will tip at 4:30 ET on CBS.
The Wolverines are currently undefeated and ranked #2 in the AP poll. They host Penn State on Thursday night.
Speaking of rankings …
Despite not playing a game during the last week, Indiana moved up in both the AP and coaches polls. In the AP poll, Indiana rose two spots to #21. In the coaches’ poll, Indiana rose three spots to #22.
The Big Ten remains well represented in the polls, with seven teams in each. Michigan and Michigan State are in the top 10. Ohio State is in the top 15, and the 20-25 slots include Indiana, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Iowa. And then there’s Purdue, dangling by a thread in the others’ receiving votes category.
Indiana continues to hold strong overall in the computer rankings, though there is some variance in where they show up. The Hoosiers are #26 in KenPom, #20 in the NCAA’s NET ranking, #14 in Sagarin, and #33 in Bart Torvik’s T-Rank.
And our very own Andy Bottoms kicked off the new year with his latest bracketology piece over at Inside the Hall, highlighting five takeaways from Indiana’s non-conference schedule.
One of his takeaways is that Indiana’s non-conference resume will be good enough to earn the Hoosiers a top-4 seed in the Tournament if — and if course it’s still a big if — the Hoosiers can do well in conference play, say 13 or 14 wins.
We’ll start to find out on Thursday.
Finally, we had a couple of birthdays yesterday …
Two Hoosier newcomers celebrated birthdays on New Year’s Day: graduate transfer Evan Fitzner and freshman Jake Forrester.
Fitzner is one of Indiana’s best outside shooters, but he has struggled to maintain a consistent role, averaging just 8.75 minutes minutes per game over the last four games after playing at least 15 minutes in eight of Indiana’s first nine games.
In limited action, Forrester has shown flashes of why Archie Miller referred to him as “live wire” before the season started. He has only played in 5% of Indiana’s minutes this year, but Jake’s possession usage rate is a crazy 35.1%. To put that number into perspective, it’s just a notch below Carsen Edwards’ usage rate at Purdue. Way to get out there and make your minutes count, Jake.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a gameday edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.