In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• A few notes about Thursday’s game against Iowa.
• The announcers for Thursday’s game.
• How to listen to Don Fischer’s radio broadcast.
• A new IU social media video is out … and it’s a must-watch.
• Indiana is honoring one of its all-time great players and celebrating Black History Month with special-edition jerseys this Sunday.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We’re now one day away from Thursday’s showdown with Iowa.
In team news …
I’ll present some keys to victory for Indiana in tomorrow’s edition of Banner Morning. I did a complete preview of the game on this week’s edition of Banner Monday, which you can listen to at assemblycall.com.
Iowa will be entering the game on almost 6 days rest, having not played since Friday night.
KenPom currently pegs Indiana to win 76-75 with a 53% chance of victory for the Hoosiers. There is no Vegas line for the game yet, presumably because of the uncertainty surrounding Juwan Morgan’s status.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN and is a late tip: 9:00 Eastern Time.
Dan Shulman, who called Indiana’s upset victory over Michigan State, and who also was on the call for the WatShot in 2011, will bring his positive IU vibes to Simon-Skjodt Assembly Hall to do the play-by-play for Thursday night’s game.
As always, Don Fischer’s radio call will be available for free on the Indiana Athletics channel of the TuneIn Radio app.
In social media video news …
If you haven’t seen the highlight video that IU’s creative production team produced of the Michigan State win, make sure you go to the IU men’s basketball Twitter page (@indianambb) to view it. It features Don Fischer’s calls of the game’s most pivotal plays and outstanding production quality.
Hat tip to Alex Sherrill, Indiana’s director of creative production. He and his team have been producing great social media content all season, which really adds to the fan experience of following this team.
And in IU jersey and IU legend news …
This Sunday, when Ohio State comes to Bloomington, Indiana will be honoring the 70th anniversary of Bill Garrett breaking the so-called gentlemen’s agreement by Big Ten coaches to not start or regularly play black players. Garrett’s emergence as a star for Indiana — he became an All American in 1951 and graduated as Indiana’s career scoring leader — helped pave the way for integration across not just the Big Ten, but large swaths of college basketball.
As part of the celebration, which is also in recognition of Black History Month, the Hoosiers will be wearing special-issued adidas uniforms that honor the Harlem Renaissance Movement of the early 20th Century and its impact on the African-American community and the sport of basketball.
Usually IU fans aren’t too keen on the classic home jerseys being messed with too much. But most of the response I’ve seen to the jerseys has been positive; and I think they look really sharp.
One special feature of the uniform will be a silhouette logo of Garrett on the team’s cream-colored, long-sleeve shooting shirts.
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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.