Why you should not be concerned about the Indiana Hoosiers entering the often feared Transfer Portal.

Everyone who sees the four most recent players to enter the transfer portal, you need to think about the circumstances pertaining to each players future, and just what the transfer portal stands to be in the age of the NIL (Name, Image, and Likeness) agreement. So I’m going to write this in order to talk the less rational off the ledge and to put some minds at ease.

In 100 years when people look back on the history of NCAA Basketball, I honestly believe that the history will be divided and discussed in terms as two different eras, the pre-NIL era and NIL era. The ability to capitalize financially on your brand has established an unprecedented and monumental shift in the landscape of college athletics.

You know who can’t make a cent of the millions upon millions of dollars to be made by student athletes now? Athletes with dwindling play time. Many people think that the NIL agreement would mean the top schools with the largest fanbases will get the largest name recruits. Which will be the case. But think about the 8th, 9th, 10th, or 11th guy on a squad. You honestly stand to make more money on endorsements by being the 1st or 2nd top billed guy within a mid level fanbase. So for all the athletes out there who realize that the NBA doesn’t seem like a valid possibility, it’s time to go out and make the money and find opportunity while you can. And none of these athletes should be demonized for it.

This is the new normal folks. Guys who see more earning potential for themselves elsewhere are going to be going into the portal. The 2nd guy on a mid major probably stands to make more in the age of NIL than the 8th or 9th guy at a power 5 conference. College town businesses will look to make deals with them far more often.

And just to express my speculation as to the reasoning, let’s just take a look at the 4 who have decided to test the waters of the portal this year, and where each of them currently stands within the program.

Rob Phinisee, while making a huge and iconic shot in Assembly Hall, his prospect for many minutes next year doesn’t look too promising. With the guys we’ve got coming in, I’ve got to believe that he sees the writing on the wall. The duties of bringing up the ball look on track to be split between Xavier Johnson and Jalen Hood-Schifino, whose size at 6-5 and his .998 247sports recruiting score looks to put him on pace to be the major catalyst of our offense next year. It looks like Rob will be playing even less minutes next year if he decides to come back to Indiana.

Khristian Lander, while I am sorry that Lander’s tenure as a Hoosier was most unremarkable, Mike Woodson has stated that he simply can not put such a defensive liability on the floor. If Mike Woodson’s program identity is going to be based on a lock down defense, I just don’t see him trusting Lander. And I’m sure Lander knows this. I am sorry that he didn’t develop more here in Bloomington. But if he isn’t gelling well with Mike Woodson’s game plan, he simply will not do. And if he finds success elsewhere, good for him. I hope he does find a welcoming home.

Parker Stewart, thank you for your efforts this season. I think that Mike Woodson knows shooting needs addressed and that means the team may look vastly different next year with who we could potentially get within the transfer portal. I think Parker Stewart sees an opportunity to play elsewhere to profit financially, honestly maybe even potentially play overseas and earn some coin. Could you blame him? The guy already has his Masters degree. Let him go elsewhere. I’m sure he may be ready to head out anyway. And good for him.

And Michael Durr. I appreciate the efforts, for better or worse. I wish you all the best. Don’t mind getting another scholarship in the chamber. Hope he finds a place that best serves him.

This is the future. The wild west of the NIL era. No rules. Just right. This is going to happen, guys are going to transfer. It’s happening elsewhere too. Don’t you worry. All of this transfer movement is for good reason, there are better things to fall in their place. Here’s to these guys finding better opportunities and here to whoever we decide to go after within the portal now.

In the words of John F. Kennedy, “We stand today on the edge of a new frontier”. While he was talking about the 1960’s I think his words speak true about the NIL. Now’s the time to test this thing. To go out and win in the new era.

LUX ET VERITAS!!!

Indiana vs. Michigan State preview blog

At Michigan State

3:30 on Fox

All-Time Record: IU leads 71-57

Michigan State is currently sitting at fifth in the Big Ten while Indiana University is sitting in eighth place.

Indiana looks like it has begun what is now becoming an annual tradition in Bloomington, the Third Act Slide. It’s what the recent history of Indiana basketball has been plagued by. We show shines of progress and even step up in some big games from time to time. But come February, Indiana has quit in previous seasons.

On the heels of in house suspensions for what is basically half of the scholarship players, Indiana finds itself at a crossroads. With one road leading towards an all too familiar destination in recent years, the outside looking in come March Madness. The other road, a ticket to the Big Dance. Indiana needs to right the ship asap or this could get even more out of hand than it has been.

While Archie Miller was leading the Indiana Hoosiers, Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans went 4-3 against Indiana. This stat kind of woke me up to the state of Michigan State basketball. If you only went 4-3 against us at our Archie Miller-est, you don’t deserve to be on the same court with us at our Mike Woodson-est. This little stat makes me just reflect on Tom Izzo and Michigan State. The luster has wore of Michigan State if you ask me. If their not careful they could easily find themselves falling into the drought that Indiana has found themselves in decades passed. Only difference is somehow this one wouldn’t be preceded by recruiting violations, thanks SAMPSON!

While Michigan State has been playing some great ball, they just aren’t the same. Indiana as a program has been on the up since Mike Woodson has taken over and this is a game that he must win in order to keep that being the case and stopping this spiral before it can really start. And I mean really start SPIRALING like the way our last few seasons have spiraled. As a must win. Indiana fans have to feel good following this release by Indiana University:

Indiana University men’s basketball coach Mike Woodson has announced that the five players disciplined on Tuesday against Northwestern will be available to play on Saturday at Michigan State.

Freshman Tamar Bates, Sr./Jr. Michael Durr, Sr./Jr. Xavier Johnson, So./Fr. Khristian Lander and Sr./Jr. Parker Stewart did not play against the Wildcats.

“It’s important that all team rules are followed and a curfew applies to everyone in our program for a reason,” said Woodson. “It will be my decision to determine what role each one will have moving forward.”

Thank God! We were down half our team and probably about 2/3 of our minute takers against Northwestern. Now we get to see if this self imposed suspension was for the best. I’m hoping those players did some really dumb, dumb, childish stuff. So they come out looking to prove themselves and absolutely show out to make up for it. I have a feeling we the Indiana Hoosiers are going to go into Michigan State and beat them handedly. That’s also just my irresponsibly optimistic fandom.

A win at Michigan State would be a huge tournament resume builder for the Hoosiers. We can definitely use more of those. Our best win comes at home against Purdue. But, an away win at Michigan State is no cake walk. The tournament committee knows this, I just hope they also know that our terrible, terrible, loss last game at Northwestern was a little less awful with our self-imposed suspensions.

Let’s go HOOSIERS!!!!

-Burke

Illinois came to Assembly Hall (Indiana Hoosiers Post game blog 2/5/22)

It’s gotta be painful to post these post game tweets. But it must be done. You post a dub you post a L.

The energy at Indiana was absolutely off the charts coming into this game today. You could tell excitement resonated throughout Assembly Hall. When Assembly Hall is getting rowdy, I’d argue (yes largely as an Indiana University Alumnus) they have the greatest home court advantage in the nation. The Cameron Crazies can shut the hell up if they think they can hold a candle to Indiana.

“Oh yeah Burke but what about Duke’s acoustics in that arena?”

Shut the hell up you DWEEB!!!

Acoustics don’t mean shit when sandwiched between two tsunamis of screaming lunatics that make up the east and west sides of Assembly Hall!

All this being said, while the energy was apparent, Trayce Jackson-Davis severely limited his early minutes by committing his second foul within the first 5 minutes of the game starting. This meant Michael Durr had to eat some major minutes against Kofi Cockburn, a National Player of the Year candidate. “This might be the MICHAEL DURR game” was called and I was all for it.

The first half was an absolute bout with each team throwing a return punch on each possession. Damn it though, if Race had splashed down with that last second 3 to end the first half that’d a sent Assembly Hall into a frenzy. Championship teams make that shot.

That being said. The second half illinois was just able to come out swinging and we just went out to the forest and laid down, Needless to say the second half went very differently from the first. Lost a couple units on the outcome of this one. Apparently hooking isn’t all in all illegal for Illinois I guess. In all reality, we let them dominate the pace and let them get the ball to Kofi.

Not the scene today…

Illinois looked good today. Look like the team I thought they were going to be all along.

Just some of my random thoughts through this… and please know when it comes to my favorite teams I’m hopelessly and painfully optimistic. I’ll be the first to admit this.

Xavier Johnson, has quickly become one of my favorite Indiana players in recent memory. I can’t really remember someone who transferred into our program and had such an immediate impact on the programs success and honestly my confidence in it.

Mike Woodson has created a perfect storm for me to buy into this program’s future and what he can do in Bloomington.

So apparent throughout this season is Mike Woodson’s undeniable ability to have guys buy in. Whatever he’s selling his guys their all buying, and the program is so much better for it.

Onto Northwestern! IU is consistently on the cusp of the top 25. I’d like to see us make the jump into it prior to the dance.

-Burke

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