Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio State post game short thoughts

Well… that stinks. Indiana doesn’t just like torturing me. It loves building my confidence in the Hoosiers up for 3 months only to swiftly let me down in the most violently painful losing streaks imaginable. We are in an utter free fall. Mike Woodson’s trying to pull a parachute but someone seems to have swapped his chute with a block of lead.

I don’t blame Mike Woodson entirely, these aren’t his guys. The stink from Archie Miller still persists through the hallowed Assembly Hall. That stink has created a culture of absolutely folding down the stretch of the season. Archie could not get this team up to compete in February and a lot of these guys are his hangovers in the program, so you have a bunch of Archie’s recruits on the team who are used to this backslide and almost conditioned to expect it. So I do not blame Mike Woodson for this one.

BOO!!!!!

But 5 games?!!!! 5 GAMES!!!! What an absolute burner of a losing streak. This game seemed primed to be the one to get back on track for the Indiana Hoosiers, alas, it was not. After a hard fought 4 quarters, the Hoosiers absolutely folded in overtime leading to the Ohio State victory 80-69. What a huge game from Ohio State freshman Malaki Branham. Malaki dropped 27 points while also tallying 5 rebounds and 3 assists. That’s a stellar collegiate performance if I’ve ever seen one.

Indiana was down a few guys and absolutely could have used them. Rob Phinisee, Khristian Lander, and Trey Galloway were all out due to various differing injuries. Meaning Xavier Johnson would have to carry the team through this one. Unfortunately, he committed 5 turnovers in that first half. This is all a recipe for a long beat down heading your way. This wasn’t the case though.

With all these factors building into a potentially DEVASTATING recipe on the court, the Hoosiers fought hard. The game was far more respectable than I had initially thought it was going to be. It’s been bad though, and very rapidly leading to the inevitable disappointing end to this season. I want to hold out hope, I truly do. I just don’t see this team as is shaking this funk. Which stinks, I loved this team heading into the season. Indiana fans owe the world to Trayce Jackson-Davis for coming back to play this year. New coach, definitely wouldn’t had been blamed for leaving. He is at least providing us with someone to watch and key on to make our heartbreaking losses just a hair less damaging.

What does this heartbreaking overtime loss mean for Indiana? Unfortunately, I believe the nails have been placed and the coffin lowered into the ground. We are all but waiting for the dirt to be poured over our graves. That dirt will come in the form of any Big Ten Tournament loss, because now I think this may be our only shot at punching Indiana’s ticket to the Big Dance.

-Burke

Michigan Head Coach Juwan Howard Has to Be Out At Michigan After Punching Wisconsin’s coach!

Here are his words after this event.

Juwan Howard throwing blows!!! So… Michigan is an absolute clown show. I can’t imagine having witnessed this from my head coach. What an absolute joke Juwan Howard is for this one.

sucker punched by a sucker.

First on the blow itself. You can really tell when a coach is on the hot seat. Especially one that has only really seen tremendous success as a player. How many times do schools need to learn… **Cough MEMPHIS COUGH COUGH** Just because someone found success as a player means they’ll be a good suit to head your program. In fact, I would argue that their conditioned acceptance of success and accolades makes them the last person you want at the helm to fix a losing situation. Juwan Howard has now trumped Penny Hardaway for worst of this category of coach.

What grown man with a family, a comfortable life, and really anything to lose throws a punch? Soooo childish. You can’t be doing that in real life. What could honestly possess someone to do it on national television? I can’t even comprehend his logic here.

Also, I’m not saying he’s an absolute punk for throwing a sucker punch in the middle of a scrum like that, but… HE’S AN ABSOLUTE PUNK FOR THROWING A SUCKER PUNCH IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCRUM LIKE THAT!!! And yes, it was to his face but it was a complete sucker punch. We see scrums like this start to break out in sports everyday. Hot heads competing at the highest levels have to let it out sometimes. The difference is its almost understood ya belly up and bark like a dog then everyone breaks it up. Going to blows is totally bananas.

I thought Juwan Howard was a garbage coach. But this game told me he’s a garbage human. Watch that post game interview and tell me he isn’t. How’s he going to get up there and be such a jackass? Pretty much defending his actions, DEFENDING ASSAULT. Him not understanding how major it is apparent. I would imagine anyone who held that position and did that would immediately have their life flash before their eyes, because they would be afraid of losing EVERYTHING. But not Juwan, he’s going to take a mic, and get annoyed at you for asking, in honestly the kindest way possible to him, about the incident. Show a little awareness Juwan.

I honestly wonder how he’s handling it right now… did he sleep soundly last night? Because, if that is the case, I think I can play keyboard psychologist and diagnose him as a full blown sociopath. Michigan’s entire basketball program is on fire. At this point, he’s got to be out right? Michigan is bringing in top recruits but what does outbursts like this do to that. Will guys be fired up to play for a coach willing to throw blows for them. Or, and the more likely outcome, it deters recruits and certainly their parents from entrusting him with the recruits.

All in all. It’s a bad day to be Juwan Howard, even if he doesn’t know it. May be an even worse day to be a Michigan fan. This moment will be cataloged in the story of Michigan basketball. Whether it was the catalyst for Howard’s departure, or a footnote in his success years from now. I’m willing to bet he’s out though.

A true “Michigan man”.

-Burke

Indiana loses a Heartbreaker to Wisconsin. There goes the Big Dance…

Going into this game. Mike Woodson had to be feeling some pressure. I mean these aren’t trul HIS guys. By that I just mean he didn’t really recruit anyone other than our transfers and I will add keeping Trayce Jackson-Davis to that, because as far as I’m concerned he had to recruit him to IU from the NBA draft. Even though these aren’t really HIS guys Mike Woodson came into this game seeking to keep this year from looking straight out of the Archie Miller era. Get everyone’s hopes up in December. Play like crap and tank any shot at the tournament come February. Mike Woodson needed this win to prove to Hoosier Nation and the Indiana boosters that he is going to be changing this program right out of the gate. And what did we just witness…

Not. That.

Devastating. Absolutely devastating. Last night, Wisconsin beat Indiana 72-69. In what was a dramatic game coming down right to the last minute. Indiana got beat in the Holy Cathedral of Basketball that is Assembly Hall. At one point in this game Indiana missed 8 of 13 layups. That with any missed free throws is unacceptable. Indiana seems to leave points on the table as often as a team can sometimes.

What a heartbreaking turn of events. This season looks poised to end just like the last few seasons. In disappointment. God forbid they hole the NCAA tournament in the middle of the season. If that were the case we’d be March Madness mainstays. Our first half of the season and the second always look like it would have to be two entirely different teams playing them.

The annual tailspin is full speed ahead right now, and you know what really sucks… It doesn’t even bother me like it used to. This Indiana team has gotten me used to getting my hopes up only to fall. I’m basically a master at coping following losses like this at this point. So sad.

I mean Indiana has dropped the ball so often that coping with this exact situation is almost learned behavior at this point. I don’t see anyway Indiana turns this around and gets a bid in the tournament barring a miraculous run in the Big Ten Tournament.

This post was far less a recap of the game and more so a rant on the state of Indiana Basketball so I apologize.

-Burke

Indiana loses to Michigan State 61-76. And let’s not panic just yet!

Game started at 60 mph. The funny thing about Big Ten games is score rarely reflects the speed and intensity of the game because Big Ten teams actually play defense.

Going into this game, the Hoosiers needed to stop from spiraling and correct their season before it gets to a point of no return. A win against Michigan State in East Lansing would go a crazy long way in doing just that.

While that final score is not what we were looking for I will say over the course of the game Indiana showed a lot of grit over the “Coarse” of that game! (Yes! Still got it!)

While I would normally argue that a defeat of this magnitude would be red button pushing time, but not here. This loss wasn’t as bad as the score would have you believe.

The Hoosiers played better than that score would have you think. I don’t trash any of the Hoosiers after that hard fight. They were fighting the whole 40 minutes. Mike Woodson is trying to create an identity here in a program that loves its historical identity. But thats just it. It’s a historical identity. We need to invest and emphasize in our present as much as our past if we want to get back to greatness and Woodson’s take no shit, Bobby Knight Light attitude is going to forge an identity here. We need to give it some time. Rome wasn’t built in a day folks.

There was an edge to this game even with a score like that that makes me think will be seeing some battles between Mike Woodson and Michigan State. He was a man on fire and it really seems like he has a disdain for Michigan State and the Spartan basketball program. Excited to see what storyline could come from an organic Michigan State-Indiana rivalry. I’m here for it.

Well, on to Wisconsin!

Down 5 players, Indiana loses to Northwestern, recap

FINAL: INDIANA 51, NORTHWESTERN 59

WOOF! That was brutal… What a terrible, terrible loss for Indiana. The Indiana Hoosiers need to get it together right away. This loss is an undeniable blemish on the tournament resume for the Indiana Hoosiers. Northwestern is not a loss that can be easily discredited for Northwestern’s stifling home court advantage. I mean just look at that fan support at their football games. Indiana’s shooting was absolutely terrible, the front court was no where to be seen, and Miller Kopp couldn’t buy a bucket to save his life!

In regards to that front court, Trayce Jackson-Davis got his double double. It is sad when you learn that it was on 4 of 14 shooting. TJD played 39 minutes for the Hoosiers, absolutely monster load for Indiana’s star player. The front court really had to manage the load with most of them active, it just so happened they failed to do so.

In a game where the Indiana Hoosiers were already DOWN WITH SELF IMPOSED SUSPENSIONS, we decided to add onto our own stresses with foul trouble. How bad was it? Galloway got his 4th foul, and we had to play him. Because he was 1 of 2 scholarship guards available to go. So ridiculous.

Photo Credit: Sylvan Lane

Now discussing those suspensions a bit…

Listening to Don Fischer before the game, we had heard Indiana would be shorthanded. Then I saw this.

We didn’t know to which extent! 5 Guys! 5 Guys! We got self righteous and suspended 5 guys. The details involving the 5 players suspensions needs to come to light because if this was an attempt to self police and handle something internally, silently, this had the adverse effect because why couldn’t it be said what rules were broken! the public demands answers! If its the weed and Woodson suspended them their are two HUGE dipshits in this story. Mike Woodson for caring about 18 and 19 year old kids tokin’ up a bit and Michael Durr. Michael Durr, being a 5th year transfer needs to know better. Losers all around and I just want to know what happened!?! Give us the details!

The tournament committee could look at this game and rationally think, they self imposed a suspension on 5 players so were 1 away from not having half their scholarship players. So hopefully that is a plus… hopefully.

Onto Michigan State.

-Burke

Josh Gattis texted the team. Left for the same job elsewhere? Michigan, husk of former self.

Gattis sent his farewell to his Michigan offensive players Sunday morning in a text obtained by The Detroit News .“Fellas, it’s with a broken heart i write this,” the text read. “I am resigning my position here at Michigan to go to another university. I have given everything i have to you guys and michigan. I sacrificed so much personally to stand in the fight with each of you which i would never take back. Unfortunately the past few weeks has told a different story to me about the very little appreciation i have here from administration. In life i would never advise anyone to be where they are not wanted and i owe that to my family and my integrity to hold myself to this standard! I Love each and every one of you to the bottom of my heart. Our memories will never be forgotten but our struggles is what makes us who we are today it’s what grew this love and will forever hold it together! i am the biggest fan of you, and biggest friend of you. Most importantly I am one phone call always if you need anything ever. Love you guys!”

Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News

Dear Lord… What an ugly exit for the Gattis yesterday. While many are saying that there are options within Michigan’s program to replace him, I really didn’t want to have to. But, who could blame Gattis for looking elsewhere… He has been done so dirty this offseason by the school’s administration and Harbaugh as well.

What Harbaugh did, holding Michigan’s entire future hostage as he mulled over his options, that is some inexcusable stuff right there. You’re in or you’re out man. THIS IS MICHIGAN! This is the job man… If he doesn’t get that this isn’t a job you look over other options while possessing, then I don’t thing he’s the guy for it. We need a strong reflection on the organization as a whole if we are going to move forward and be able to contend with top tier SEC talent during the CFP.

Keeping guys who aided us in our greatest year in the last decade or so should be key to contending against those top teams, your Alabama and your Georgia. Especially when the guy is leaving for the same position.

I FEEL LIKE IM TAKING CRAZY PILLS!!! THIS IS MICHIGAN!!! WHO LEAVES FOR THE SAME JOB ELSEWHERE!!!!

He must have been dogged so hard by the shotcallers of the program. The prestige of Michigan is second to none historically, and if we don’t get to work keeping guys that are essential to our success, all we are ever going to be is remembering the glory days. Figure it out Folks! It’s a mess…

Ryder W

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Illinois Illini vs. Indiana Hoosiers (The One vs. Kofi Cockburn) pregame post

Date: Saturday, February 5
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, IN
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Illinois (16-5), Indiana (16-5)

INDIANA V. ILLINOIS 184 (IU LEADS ALL TIME 93-90)

Big, Big, B1G matchup today (see what I did there?). Indiana has silently been a force in the Big Ten this year. Apart from some heartbreakers, least of which is the God forsaken loss at Wisconsin. SO CLOSE!!! SO CLOSE TO SNAPPING THAT LENGTHY ASS L STREAK IN MADISON!!! Indiana has locked down teams ability to hit the three in Bloomington and I believe their 37% opponent field pct. is going to play a huge factor in the overall tempo of this game. If you can’t hit shots you can’t find a rhythm.

This Indiana team just plays a balanced game together. Each man playing their role to a t in a finely tuned machine when things are running properly. Mike Woodson is really doing some great things in Bloomington, things already paying dividends! They seek to dominate the tempo by wearing you out on the defensive end. This aspect of Indiana’s game will be face no bigger test than the test of Kofi Cockburn.

I gotta hand it to Kofi Cockburn. That guy is a certified stud. This Indiana defense will be a true test for the scoring National Player of the Year candidate, who just last week absolutely balled out with 16 for 19 from the floor and 12 rebounds in Illinois’ spanking of Wisconsin.

Indiana is sitting as a -1.5 favorite with an over/under sitting at 136.5. I gotta say personally I’m going large on units for both of these bets. Seems to be an easy win. Take Indiana and the Under. I’m sorry, never fun to take the under but Indiana has set a tone with their defense at home. A tone that hasn’t yielded large scoring outputs for their opponents.

As an avid Indiana fan I’m pumped for this game between two “all things pointing to tournament bound” teams, it will be a true test of both teams. As a gambler I’d have to say you can’t bet against the deafening ruckus that is brought by the Indiana Fans in Assembly Hall.

-Burke

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