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 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

A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

Is anyone other than Steelers fans rooting for the LA Rams this Super Bowl?

Looks like most the country is going to be pulling for Joe Burrow and the Bengals. And why shouldn’t they?! They are a fun, young team, with arguably the biggest swag show in the country under center each snap.

Caption missing… as there is no need for one.

What is not to like when your watching them?while AFC North fans, Detroit fans, and the five Rams fans there are in LA will be rooting for Matthew stafford to get a super bowl in his first year in LA. I think im with the rest of the country in rooting for Joe Burrow and the Bengals, a “team of destiny” who just defeated the evil empire of the Chiefs.
As much as I genuinely like Joe Burrow and company. The fallout from a Bengals win for the rest of the league is far less detrimental then an LA win.
By being in Los Angeles the Rams immediately became a free agent powerhouse. Immediately winning the super bowl will win over a fan base and get ACTUAL Rams fans to the games. And why do they deserve that?!

Sad that this was a Rams home game. Pathetic really…


I would give everything short of my closest(and I MEAN CLOSEST) loved ones for a Super Bowl for the Indianapolis Colts, and next weekend all the Kardashians and all hollywood’s elite who could give two shits about the game get to play dress up in BRAND NEW JERSEYS!!! TAGS STILL ON IM SURE! NO FAMILY HEIRLOOMS PASSED DOWN HERE (they were all burned when the team left the first time) and support the Rams in the Super Bowl! What a fickle bitch life can be…


God, I hope the Bengals get after it Sunday. Can’t say I’m confident that the Bengals will be able to beat the Rams. But I’ve been wrong 3 times this playoffs already with them so here’s to number 4!
-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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