Hoosier Morning for Jan. 25

1. HOOSIERS HQ
James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson are grasping the reins of leadership for IU, Mike writes.

IU football added Florida Mr. Football Nick Tronti to its 2017 recruiting class on Tuesday, Mike writes.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Fred Glass on Tom Allen and the state of IU football, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

For IU offensive lineman Dan Feeney, working with the Bears’ coaching staff at the Senior Bowl is a dream come true, Kevin Fishbain of ProFootballWeekly.com writes.

Feeney was among those who impressed on the first day of Senior Bowl practice, Optimum Scouting reports.

An offseason depth chart update on the Indiana football offense, Dan of puntjohnpunt.com writes.

Former IU coach Kevin Wilson’s move to Ohio State ranks as one of college football’s best assistant coaching hires, as do former IU assistant Matt Canada’s move to LSU, Paul Myerberg of USA Today writes.

OG Anunoby’s impending surgery has his NBA Draft projections shifting from 2017 to 2018, Alex McCarthy of 247sports.com reports.

A look at Indiana’s NCAA resume and current bracketology projections, by Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall.

Tom Crean was on hand to witness a 32-point performance by 6-foot-4 2017 guard Mark Smith of Edwardsville, Ill., Greg Shashack of The Alton Telegraph writes.

Sharing a building with the historic IU men’s basketball program, IU women’s basketball is trying to establish some tradition of its own, Josh Eastern of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Speaking of the state of things, here is “State of Play” by Yes.

18 comments

  1. “IT’S INDIANA” heavy with IU football news. Guess that’s good.

    So, if OG returns next year we are over 3-4 positions for next year. Ouch. CTC has a difficult job with recruiting. Covering the positions needed while anticipating early NBA departures.

    1. Maybe we can jettison a few schollys we don’t need by throwing them under the NCAA academic rules bus? 😛

  2. If no one leaves early IU will have to jettison someone from the current roster. As there will be 14 after Hartman’s most likely departure.

  3. Four of our next five games may just define this season…The road games will all be an extreme challenge. Purdue at home is certainly no given. Things could get real ugly, real fast.

    @ Michigan
    @ Northwestern
    Penn St.
    @ Wisconsin
    Purdue

    And even if we get through the above five games on the positive side of the equation, we still have …

    @ Minnesota
    @ Iowa
    @ Purdue
    @ OSU

    Daunting.

  4. Crean’s recruiting and scholarship offers has had the organizational skills similar to an old, cat lady featured on an episode of “Hoarders.”

    It always feels frantic and chaotic. The process needs more vision, calm hustle and far less caffeine.

    1. Last year’s game in Ann Arbor was so wild. Remember that crazy run we went on in the first half? I can’t remember the exact stats, but we started off down 15-4, then I think Michigan missed almost 128,000 shots in a row.

      We’re really going to miss OG in this game. I always felt we matchup well against Michigan. But losing the slashing abilities of OG (and Troy last year) limit our advantage vs the bucktoothed weasels.

      Harv seems bullish on Michigan.

      1. It was 17-6 Michigan last year, IU pulled within 24-20, then scored the last 25 points of the first half and hit a 3 to start the second half for a 28-0 run. I’ve never seen anything like it. And then there was the Big Ten Tournament game, so it’s not all rainbows and gumdrops with Michigan.

        1. Thank JP. Great stats. Incredible performance last year.

          Indiana hasn’t exactly been a model for road success during the Crean era.

          Caught this Assembly Call post from last year talking about IU’s record vs Top 25 teams on the road in the B1G. Apart from the 2012-2013 (when we won all of them!), Indiana is 0-16 from 2008-2015. Last year Indiana went 1-1 vs Top 25 on the road (crushed by MSU, beat Iowa).

          http://assemblycall.com/indiana-v-top-25-teams-on-road-under-crean/

          I know that Michigan isn’t anywhere near a Top 25 team this year, but thought that stats were revealing of a trend. I expect a tough game.

  5. Posted without comment on ITH’s Tourney Projection’s Post:

    Final record projections

    KenPom.com projects the Hoosiers to finish 20-11 overall and 10-8 in the conference. RPIForecast.com has the three most likely final regular season records for IU as: 20-11 (25.5%), 21-10 (22.2%) and 19-12 (19%).

  6. I can see IU winning tonight, And maybe one or two more at home & maybe one or two on the road. Hope I’m wrong but an 8 seed might be an accomplishment this year. Remember The Sporting News in preseason ranking IU at 7th or 8th in the B1G? Afraid they may come closer than what my guess was.

    If I’m reading scholarship #’s for next year, if Bryant & Blackmon go NBA & with the current commitments, we are full. Does Hartman have a red-shirt season remaining? If so, no room..?

    1. Ron,
      The roster situation is worth watching. Three players already signed, still recruiting more. Hartman could redshirt and return, but I have my doubts. That leaves decisions for Bryant, Blackmon and OG, or might someone else be hitting the road?

  7. So have you dug up that old Ray Charles song “Hit The Road Jack” for future use in the “One For the Road”…………?

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