I guess since he can't post on the Colts board anymore he has to come here for attention.
Getting back on topic, nice win for IU yesterday. I don't care how ugly it was, any road win in the Big Ten should be celebrated. Hulls won't have another 0-fer game this year.
IU had lost 13 of its last 16 in CHA before yesterday. If you look at any of IU's records against any particular team in their house over the last 10-15 years it's not pretty. We'll need a few more wins like yesterday's to have a shot at the Big Ten title.
Well we should get wins at Purdue and PSU pretty easily. Assuming we hold serve at home that will give us 12 wins. Going to need to get some tougher wins on the road for sure. We play alot of good teams in their house this year.
I just found out Bill Lynch got hired as the head coach at DePauw.
Think we might have solved the scholly dilemma...Josh (Bloomington, IN)
Thoughts on the rise of Victor Oladipo at Indiana? Seems to be exceeding all expectations and showing a lot of upside.
Chad Ford (1:40 PM)
Love him. One of my favorite players in the country. He's gonna be a first round pick in this year's draft. If he can convince scouts that his 45% shooting from beyond the arc isn't a fluke -- lottery isn't out of the question.
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I said last April that while I liked it selfishly as a fan, I feared that Zeller was making a mistake by coming back. I'm starting to think that more and more. There is no way I could justify taking him in the top-3.
While he isn't nearly the ball handler and is probably not quite as good a shooter, I see a lot of Dwyane Wade's college game in Oladipo this year.
"I had to take her down like Chris Brown."
Smith owned Zeller in that Butler game. He didn't let him have anything on the glass. Zeller is going to have to bulk up a lot and improve his skills if he wants to be a quality NBA player.
Of course, a couple of years ago I was also somebody who said I thought Andrew Smith would have a decent shot to be an NBA player so what do I know? He hasn't developed nearly like I thought he would. Decent college player though.
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"I had to take her down like Chris Brown."
It will be interesting to see how this B1G season goes. I'm beginning to think that 13-5 in conference play may take the regular season title outright this year.
Yeah....They are really creepy in how they have developed, Crean knows how to work with really athletic but raw 2s, that is for sure. The crossover Vic had in the lane against Iowa would have never happened two years ago, and last year it still would have been a turnover a decent part of the time, but now his handles are really tight and we all know that Vic knows how to finish much like Wade always did.
Zeller is an interesting case, I agree that he has probably already dropped out of the top 3, but I kind of expected that. I think most are being way too hard on him. I mean against Iowa everyone was talking like he was just not even impacting the game and he had 19 and 10 which isn't exactly peanuts in the Big Ten.
RE: What does Zeller need to do to get better?
I see two things that are really big right now.
1.) He needs to be more willing to create contact when he goes to the basket. He still too often takes a passive stance when he makes a move to the basket, I don't know if he is looking for the whistle or what, but the guy needs to learn that he is playing against other 6'10" to 7' dudes now and that they are not going to go flying like ragdolls if he bodies them up. I think he is too concerned with getting whistled for a foul. One of the best plays he's made this seaosn was the late bucket against Butler where he went strong with it and yes the defender fell down, but the refs respected Zeller's move and did not blow the whistle.
2.) The next thing that bothers the F out of me is that Zeller does not adjust to entry passes. This resulted in probably 3-5 turnovers against Iowa. He is so intent on keeping his position once he establishes it that he will not move his butt out of the post once he gets in there even if the entry pass is not perfect. He needs to learn that even if he has to give up some inside position to come get the ball it is better than a turnover and it actually opens up a great backcut opportunity for Oladipo, Sheehey, or Watford, or heck even Perea. The defense will follow Zeller when he comes to the ball and that should open a path in the paint for one of those guys to get down and I think Zeller can make the pass. I hope Crean realizes this and tries to make an adjustment to coach Cody on this.
The Big Ten is going to be wild this year. How many games do you guys think we will lose in conference? If the over/under was set at 4.5, which would you take? Our schedule is ridiculously back loaded in B1G play, which sort of worries me. I think getting Hollowell and Perea minutes early in the B1G against teams like Pennsylvania State will be key to building their confidence, because we are going to need them.
Ideally I would like to go 14-4, but I think 13-5 will probably win the conference. I would like to go 3-2 in our big road game from February 1 on.
I would have to believe that between OSU, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and IU, at least one of that group is going to go 14-4 or better in conference. Hopefully it's IU. When you have 5 teams capable of winning at a high level, someone is going to come through with fewer losses than the others and I think it's going to take more than 13-5 to get it done. I know they're gonna beat up on each other but I just think there are too many contenders for one of them not to separate themselves.
13-5 got it done last year and the conference wasn't this tough.
To me that's a reason to believe it will take a better record to win it, not the same record.
Huh? The conference is much deeper than last year is what I mean. So that should in theory mean a similar number of losses should win it. I think 14-4 could take the conference outright but I don't know if anyone will get there.