In today’s edition of Banner Morning:
• KenPom predicts a big IU victory on Friday night.
• Additional reaction to Indiana’s victory over Chicago State
• Jon Crispin offers unique insight into Indiana’s free throw shooting woes and Zach McRoberts’ three-point shooting confidence
• Happy birthday to an all-time great 3-point shooter and a guard whose solid career was underwhelming given his high school reputation.
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Welcome to another edition of Banner Morning. We are now 6 days away from IU-Marquette.
In team news …
Indiana will take the court again on Friday evening against Montana State. The game is on BTN and will tip at 8:00 Eastern.
The KenPom game projection has IU winning 88-64, with a 98% chance of victory for the Hoosiers.
Based on Archie Miller’s comments from earlier in the week, Al Durham and Race Thompson are both expected to miss the game. Jerome Hunter should once again be a game-time decision.
Here are some additional reactions to Indiana’s victory over Chicago State …
In our postgame analysis email, Seth Tow cautioned Indiana fans about reading too much into the 20 turnovers Chicago State committed, saying, “Don’t read ‘Indiana forced 20 turnovers’ and think that this team is where it needs to be defensively. IU still needs to tighten things up and play more connected on defense.”
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Alex Bozich at Inside the Hall discussed Indiana’s point guard situation, saying, “While Green may have more upside offensively, Phinisee has been strong defensively and also appears to be a lot less mistake prone than Green. Fortunately for IU, the duo appears more than capable of playing together as Green can move off the ball and create offense with perimeter shooting.”
Jon Crispin, who called the Chicago State game for BTN, joined me and Alex on the latest edition of Podcast on the Brink. He offered some interesting analysis on Indiana’s free throw shooting woes, suggesting that missed free throws can be a symptom of individual players not feeling in rhythm offensively.
Jon also said — as a former sharp-shooter himself — that one of the main reasons Zach McRoberts probably looks so much more confident shooting the ball is because of the confidence he has gained from the belief and trust that his coaches and teammates have in him.
And we had two birthdays yesterday …
Happy birthday to Kyle Hornsby, who is one of the greatest outside shooters in IU history with a 41.4% career mark from downtown. Kyle was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2002 and led Indiana with 14 points in the championship game loss to Maryland.
Also, happy birthday to Lyndon Jones, who is best known for winning 3 state titles at Marion alongside his running mate Jay Edwards. Lyndon’s college career didn’t live up to the initial expectations, but he was a 4-year contributor on some good IU teams under Bob Knight.
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I’ll be back on Monday with a brand new edition of Banner Morning. Until then, keep your elbows in and your eyes on the rim, and go Hoosiers.