In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• Purdue is the favorite in tonight’s rematch.
• The recent history in the rivalry favors the Boilers.
• Archie Miller described one “drastic change” already taking place.
• The Hoosiers will honor two legends at halftime tonight.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. Tonight Indiana gets its opportunity for revenge against Purdue.
In gameday news …
Indiana’s rematch with Purdue tips tonight at 7 Eastern on ESPN2. The always-solid Jason Benneti will be on the call.
You can get Don Fischer’s call of the game for free using the TuneIn Radio app. Just search for the Indiana athletics channel.
As you would expect, Purdue is favored to win, even with the game in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. KenPom predicts a 73-69 victory of the Boilers and gives Indiana a 35% chance of victory.
Purdue has won nine of its last ten, while Indiana has lost ten of its last 11. Purdue has won the last four meetings in the series, with Indiana’s last win coming at home in 2016.
I went in depth providing keys to this matchup in yesterday’s edition of Banner Monday, which is available at assemblycall.com. Suffice it to say, the 3-point line has dictated most of Purdue’s matchups in Big Ten play, and it likely will again tonight.
In team news …
Archie Miller opened up a bit during his radio show about what he meant by “drastic changes” during his Minnesota postgame presser.
He focused on Indiana needing drastic changes in how it communicates — both on the floor and off. And that Indiana’s communication seems to get especially poor in-game when things start snowballing badly.
Reading between the lines, it sounded like the coaches and players got together after the Minnesota loss and had a sort of clearing-of-the-air meeting to get on the same page. He insinuated that Juwan and Zach had influential voices during the conversation.
To my ears, Archie sounded like a coach who thinks his team might have had a important breakthrough. He said that the Hoosiers had two of their best practices on Sunday and Monday, though he admitted that he isn’t sure if there will be carryover to tonight’s game.
We’ll find out starting at 7. Ultimately, that’s all that matters.
It was also nice to have a radio show in which injury updates weren’t necessary. Zach McRoberts continues to be out indefinitely, but nothing else was mentioned. Race Thompson was the player guest, and it sounds like he will continue to every opportunity to earn more and more minutes.
In IU legend news …
Two of the best players to ever wear the Cream and Crimson will be honored at halftime of tonight’s game.
IU will honor former All-Americans Dick and Tom Van Arsdale. The Indianapolis natives shared Mr. Basketball in 1961 and played for the Hoosiers from 1962-65. Tom scored 1,252 points in his career and Dick contributed 1,240. Both earned All-American honors in 1965.
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We’ll be back tomorrow with a new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.