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I called in the college basketball professionals. Ben Fishman, writer for Hoosier Sports Nation and IU cheerleader, joins me for an interview about changes in IU and other NCAA basketball teams.

Will they stay, or will they go?

Posted: April 8, 2013 by tklawitt in IU Mens Basketball
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Photo credit: Bloomington Herald Times

Personally, I think both are headed to the NBA.

It’s a shame too, as Zeller could clearly benefit from another extra offseason in the Cook Hall weight room and another battle through the B1G gauntlet to prepare him for the pros.

He’s clearly not strong enough, and often disappears for long stretches. Zeller also lacks  the ability to consistently finish strong and make plays at the rim, particularly against big defenders. Zeller should come back, learn how to be more of a leader and demand the ball in tough games.

Oladipo is slightly more ready for the pros, but waiting a year wouldn’t hurt his overall development either. The silver lining on getting bounced in the Sweet Sixteen is that you could argue his draft stock isn’t as high as it would be had Indiana made a run to Atlanta.

Oladipo still needs work on his ball-handling, and tends to be predictable when he attacks the rim, usually going hard-right. He could also use work on his jumpshot, as the sample size this season was too small to declare Victor a lights-out shooter.

While it’s clearly a long-shot at this point, I still think another year in Bloomington wouldn’t hurt, and it certainly wouldn’t hurt Hoosier Nation.

Photo courtesy of collegeslam.com

Photo courtesy of collegeslam.com

Even though IUBB’s journey to a 6th banner was cut short, senior Jordy Hulls still packs his bags for Atlanta.

Jordy was selected to compete in the 25th Annual Final Four 3-point Championship. The contest takes place in Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion and is made up of 24 of the best 3-point shooters and dunkers.

ESPN will air the contest at 7pm tonight.

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

IU’s Aulani Sinclair will also be in Atlanta competing in the women’s 3-point championship. Tune in to ESPN at 7:00 to cheer on the only hope the Hoosiers have left!

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Photo courtesy of facebook.com

Google is a powerful thing. Maybe too powerful. It can be hard to find just what you’re looking for. Sometimes there’s just TOO much going on. Want to keep up with the Hoosiers but you’re not sure where? Here’s some links to popular IU blogs and news sources for the past, present and future of IU Athletics.

Peegs, the official rivals.com site for just Indiana. Subscribe and get access to exclusive forums and information. (http://indiana.rivals.com/)

The Crimson Quarry. Sounds like it’d be just football, but you can find information and post your own views on most major sports at IU. You can even purchase tickets for upcoming events! (http://www.crimsonquarry.com/)

Hoosier Hype. The student led blog associated with the Indiana Student Daily. (http://www.idsnews.com/blogs/hoosierhype/)

Hoosier Sports Nation. It pretty much has it all. “A forum of the people, by the people, for the people.” A lot of student contribution and solid information. Follow them on twitter, too. (http://www.hoosiersportsnation.com/)

Indiana University Insider. Want something more “professional?” From the office of the Indy Star, this source is updated by hired journalists, not students. I’m not convinced that’s always better, but you might find less grammatical errors. (http://blogs.indystar.com/hoosiersinsider/)

Hoosier Hystoria. A fun flash back of what IU athletics used to be. Articles from the archives of the Bloomington Herald-Times. (http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/hoosiershq/historia/)

 

In his rivalry with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird created a name for himself and a reputation for the NBA.  The two were the spark for the explosion of the NBA as a business.

Photo courtesy of realclearsports.com

Photo courtesy of realclearsports.com

They put the drive in it, the competition.

We weren’t about stats, we were about winning. -Magic Johnson

Bird might not be a graduated IU alum, but the 24 days he toughed out here will forever make him a part of the conversation when it comes to Indiana Basketball.

The transition from a small town to a big university is a tough one, especially at only 17. Bird arrived at Indiana University and was gone just 24 days later. He was homesick, he says.

But what freshman isn’t completely hopeless and drunk less than a month into their college career?

Bird’s trip back home eventually led him to Indiana State University where he had much more success than his short time at IU.

He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978 and played there for his entire professional career. Though the rule wasn’t actually used on him, the “Larry Bird Exception” was created in 1983 to protect athletes that had been with a team for several years.

The problem was that with salary caps teams didn’t have enough money to resign expensive, veteran athletes. The exception stated that teams were allowed to exceed the salary cap to resign athletes who had been with the same team for at least 3 years.

With the NFL draft approaching, there’s talk about making a “Larry Bird Exception” for the NFL as well.  Teams hate to see some of their most loved and renown players go, but they simply can’t pay for them to stay, especially when they are past their “superstar ability” peak.

It’s still only an idea, but I’ve seen some of my favorite players get released because of this so I’m definitely not opposed to teams stretching their already enormous budgets just a little more.
Larry Bird is still stretching, this time alongside Magic Johnson. Appearing in an AT&T commercial, the two, along with two other former NBA stars, extend their arms for high fives from Beck Bennett who has to do a little stretching himself to reach them.

Practice Makes PERFECT!

Posted: March 28, 2013 by srcrone in IU Mens Basketball
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In light of tonight’s game, I thought this was a great look into how our boys are getting ready to take down the Orange from Washington, DC.

Tom Crean and our Hoosiers are set to take on the Syracuse Orange tonight at 9:45.

Lets hope this game is not as close as the game in 1987.

Photo courtesy of: usatoday.com

Photo courtesy of: usatoday.com

A really, really big home.

Photo Courtesy of insidethehall.com

Photo Courtesy of insidethehall.com

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in writing about IU alum it’s that Indiana steals your heart and never gives it back.

Alan Henderson was born in West Virginia but he graduated from a high school just north of Indy. He was recruited by Bob Knight and played under him at IU from 1991-95.

In 1995, he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played there for the majority of his professional career. Bouncing between teams for the prior three years, Henderson finished his season with the Philadelphia 76ers and retired in 2007.

His plans to dig his roots back into Indiana soil were taken to court in late 2012.

Henderson had blue prints drawn up for a mansion he wants to build in a neighborhood on the northern side of Indianapolis. His future neighbors are not pleased. They said the elaborate house, planned to take up 2 lots, will distract from the consistency and beauty of the historical neighborhood.

The courts overruled the neighbors’ complaints and gave Henderson the go ahead to begin construction.

Alan Henderson was only out of state for about 12 years and by the looks of it he’s already back for the long run. After all, there truly is no place like home.

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com

Indiana’s own Assembly Hall is ranked 3rd in the nation for home court advantage and has consistently made the top 15, with several top 5 appearances, for attendance since it opened in 1971.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve complained about the design. If you’re too high up on the main level you can’t see the big screen. If you’re too far in the corner you feel detached and left out.

But it sure is loud.

Assembly Hall was designed to have as many people sitting on the sides as possible for better viewing. No one wants those awkward corner seats where your eyes play tricks on you and you can never actually tell where the ball is.

Photo courtesy of redlinetickets.com

Photo courtesy of redlinetickets.com

With seats mainly on the sides, they had to be steep to make as much room for fans as possible. The balcony is up there, way up there.

Some complain balcony seats leave you out of the action, that they’re too far away. While for smaller games the crowd up there can seem, well, apathetic, the bird’s eye view is a nice change.

It’s cool to be able to see formations and plays that you don’t catch on floor level.

There wasn’t advertising in the hall until 2005. Bob Knight was among those trying to keep it out, he viewed Assembly Hall as a “sacred place” for athletes to play and students to come cheer on their team. He didn’t want that corrupted by advertising.

 

Over time the home of Indiana Basketball has indeed became sacred. Because behind the south basket hangs the 5 national championship banners along with numerous other awards and achievements.

Because this is the REAL Assembly Hall.

Photo by K. Lane

Photo by K. Lane

 

Tim and Kelsie debate if the Big Ten Champion celebration after the IU-OSU game was appropriate in light of a Hoosier loss.

Photo courtesy of USA Today via Yahoo

Photo courtesy of USA Today via Yahoo