Live chat transcript: IU’s big win, IU women struggle, football recruiting

QUESTION: MODERATOR: Good morning, and welcome to today’s IU sports chat. Thanks for being here. After last night’s late game and big win for the Hoosiers beating no. 13 Maryland, hope you all are rested up — lots of questions and comments on the game coming in.

Are we ready to get started?

JEREMY: Not so rested up, but I’m ready to get started.

MIKE: Good morning, everybody. Man, that was quite the atmosphere at Assembly Hall tonight — my ears are still ringing, with visions of Yogi Ferrell 3-pointers dancing in my head. OK, let’s chat.

ANDY: Sure, they’re not going to shoot 60 percent all the time. And they’re most certainly not going to hit 15 3s every ballgame. But these Hoosiers have shown themselves a fun team to watch most of the time, and no reason to think that won’t continue, win or lose. As more than one commentator has noted, at a time when scoring is down in college hoops overall, it’s fun to watch teams attack offensively and make shots. And, of course, it’s also often pretty fun to … chat.

QUESTION: Hey fellas,

What a game! Glad to have the Hall rockin’ last night. The Indiana crowd comes alive for these big games. On that same note, has there been any talk of scheduling a big non-conference opponent at home next year? I am thinking an actual big non-conference opponent, not big in Tom Crean’s eyes. Sorry, but I have my hopes set higher than SMU. Maybe if they had Mudiay, I would feel differently, but I doubt it. With what should be fairly high expectations next season, it is nice to have a marquee early-season game at home. I just worry that they’ll use the Gavitt game, Crossroads, and ACC/Big 10 game as an excuse to just schedule cupcakes, even though only the Big East might be at home.

Also, do you know for the cupcake games, if IU ever thought about “overselling” student tickets? I know some years the students don’t receive all the games, but judging from the student section attendance in these games, wouldn’t it make sense to just give the students tickets to those games? Possibly a general admission section in the balcony? I highly doubt there would be a problem with seats.

From your favorite,

I like soup!, Blooomington

JEREMY: Soup,

I doubt you’re looking at much more than the Gavitt Game or ACC Challenge game to top the home slate next year with the Maui Invitational and Crossroads Classic fleshing out the non-conference schedule.

It’s possible the ACC game could be home, even though it was at home this year too. Just depends on who the Hoosiers draw. For example, both Virginia and North Carolina were also at home this year should IU get one of those two.

Not sure about the student tickets, but I would think offering GA seats from the unsold tickets would be worth a shot.

MIKE: Soup! Great to have you back.

Good question. Yeah, the Gavitt game — if IU is selected to participate, of course, but I’d be very surprised if they weren’t — would possibly be a home game, with the Crossroads in Indy and the Challenge game likely coming on the road. You also have to factor in the trip to the Maui Invitational, which has also invited Kansas, St. John’s, UCLA, UNLV, Vandy, Wake Forest and Chaminade. So it’ll be interesting to see what they do there. I asked Fred Glass last month about adding Louisville to the schedule and he seemed interested by Rick Pitino’s suggestion that the two schools play at Lucas Oil. While it’s intriguing, Glass always leans toward having a campus component to those kinds of deals so I’m not sure if anything gets done. These things tend to become clearer in the spring, so we should have a better idea of IU’s plans by May or so.

ANDY: Soupmeister:

Talks with Louisville, among others, have commenced but I don’t know the status of those talks. Georgetown is already on the docket, I think. Jeremy and Mike follow this sort of thing more minutely, so they could well have more details to provide. I would agree that Indiana has feasted on a few too many cupcakes in the past, and I would add has shown a disinclination to play in-state non-conference teams (that might interest the fans a bit) more regularly. But I also do think IU has shown interest in adding another big name foe or two on some sort of regular basis. And regarding this entire topic of pre-conference scheduling inadequacies I still, mostly, blame John Calipari. Because I can.

As to a GA student section in the balcony for some non-marquee matchups, sure, that’s fine by me. But to be honest, I still don’t know that a high percentage of students would be all that interested in sitting in free balcony seats for, say, Kennesaw State, when they can watch the game for free on the HD tube and see it better. The kids tend to pick their spots more, these days, I think.

Always a good day for soup.

QUESTION: Good morning guys, I hope all is well. As always, thanks for your hard work and for your continued excellent coverage.

1. Last night was so much fun to watch. Congratulations to the players and coaches for turning IU’s size disadvantage into a matchup advantage. The Hoosiers passed the ball well which led to great shooting. They attacked off the dribble and Maryland had no answers. They also continue to defend without fouling and that was a major key to knocking off the Terps. My goal before the season was for IU to return to the tournament and I won’t be shifting goalposts now or changing what I will consider a successful season. That being said, given how difficult IU’s start of the B1G schedule has been and how (on paper) favorable the end of the schedule is….what do you think a somewhat rational IU fan can hope for from now until the end of the season after starting better than anyone could have expected?

2. I know the IU football coaches are still working hard on recruiting and that they have a few guys coming to visit that would be solid pickups. I loved the Raekwon Jones pick-up (coaches are telling him that he can be like Tegray Scales…wouldn’t that be nice!) and the Hoosiers have the #7 or #8 ranked class in the B1G (and Howard and Hawkins don’t count). Which positions or players do you think IU will, or is trying to, add to the 2015 class?

As always, thanks for your hard work and for this chat. I really appreciate it. Have a great rest of the week, God bless and go Hoosiers!

TJ, Noblesville

JEREMY: TJ,

1. First, it was a fun game to watch and the fans were truly having fun as well, more so than any other game this season.

As to expectations, that’s a good question. While the first part of the Big Ten schedule once looked daunting preseason, other teams’ circumstances made it more manageable, and IU took advantage to its credit. Frankly, I now think the next two and a half weeks, capped by IU’s return trip to Maryland, shapes up as the more difficult stretch. I read something last night where IU was now projected to go 22-9, 12-6 in the Big Ten, which would mean a 7-5 record the rest of the way. I don’t think that’s far off the mark, to be honest, although in a best-case scenario looking through Crimson-colored glasses, that record would probably be 9-3 to finish at 24-7. And even if Indiana goes 6-6 to finish, that’s 21 wins and probably enough to be safely in the NCAA field.

2. Football dudes …

MIKE: Hey TJ,

I think 7-5 is pretty realistic for the 12 remaining games. That’s kind of contingent on how IU fares over the next five days, too. Even looking at a worst-case scenario where they lose the next two at Ohio State and at Purdue, they’ve managed to put themselves in optimal position moving forward toward that softer back end of the schedule. I think three of the next four will be tough, but certainly not impossible to win, Maryland will be fired up for the return trip to College Park and I’m going to take a guess that IU drops one of its final six games to close the season. Whatever happens, the way it has handled the tougher early portion of its conference schedule puts this team in a great spot entering the meat of the season. So 7-5, maybe 8-4 the rest of the way.

Jones was quick enough to get looks at safety, so I can sort of believe the comparisons to Scales, who was a guided missile out there (to borrow a phrase from my pal Andy). I still think corner is an area to keep an eye on. IU lost out on 3-star corner Kareem Orr, who whittled down his list to Arizona State and Ohio State a few days ago. 3-star athlete Keith Washington is still in the mix and could be an option for the secondary. Found it interesting that IU could also be looking at a running back. Peegs.com’s Matt Weaver, who does a great job with recruiting tidbits, reported earlier that Kevin Wilson is in on 3-star running back Sekai Lindsay. We’ll see where that goes. Wilson is counting Hawkins and Howard in this class, too, which means there are four open spots. We’re only a couple weeks away from signing day, so we’ll find out soon enough. Take care, TJ.

ANDY: TJ:

1. Agree, as usual, with your opening assessment. And have felt from the get-go that IU’s Big Ten schedule looked pretty front-loaded, with perhaps the toughest stretch now coming right up (at Ohio State, at Purdue, Rutgers, at Wisconsin, Michigan, at Maryland). I have felt all along if Indiana could get to its final six league games (four at home, with the road trips to Rutgers and Northwestern) somewhere around .500, the Hoosiers were in good shape to make the NCAA tournament. Now, sights can be raised a bit higher, given how the team has performed. If IU can split the next six, which would have the Hoosiers at 8-4 in the B1G, then you’re looking at a team that is likely to finish in the upper echelons of the league and earn an accompanying desirable NCAA seed.

Just as people shouldn’t overreact to a bad stretch, or a single loss, people should not overreact to a good stretch or a single win. It’s a long season. The nature of the matchups will change over time. And this young team must continue to work hard and improve. However, having said that, this team and this coaching staff deserve tremendous credit right now. If they continue to merit that sort of plaudit, they’re going to finish with a heck of a season, flying in the face of many folks’ expectations. When I see these guys playing together as a team, playing hard for each other, I recall how colleague Mike Miller got back from Canada saying he thought he saw a team up there starting to bond, and a team with the capacity to surprise some people, even as young and undersized as it was. Mike was right. I think the positive Canadian trip — and even the subsequent adversity in the fall, with the withering criticism it engendered — eventually helped make this a closer club with better chemistry and an increasing level of maturation. And the people most closely involved deserve kudos for that.

2. I watched film on Raekwon Jones and doggone if I didn’t see a little bit of Tegray Scales, too, just in the way he can fly to the ball. I’m not entirely sure which positions are drawing emphasis at this point, although I would say there is a definite desire to add at least one interior defensive lineman (there are none, at present, in the class). Jamal Milan out of Chicago Raby has seemingly been a prime IU recruiting target for a long time, from what I gather, but the competition for him is pretty fierce and I’m unsure if the Hoosiers can land him. And I’m not sure who else is really strongly on the radar at this point. I also don’t think IU would be adverse to adding a JUCO quarterback, still, if they can find a worthy candidate who is willing to come.

Thanks, as always, TJ.

QUESTION: Let me start off by saying I’m thrilled about the win over Maryland last night. There was a legitimate chance at a 3-game losing streak facing the Hoosiers beginning with last night’s game, but they took that off the table emphatically. I think a split out of the two upcoming road games is a good possibility.

That said, I’m almost equally as disappointed that our women’s basketball team has joined a list made up of: Towson, Wagner and Rider. Prior to past night, those were the only 3 teams Penn state had beaten this year. And prior to last night, Penn State had only stayed within double digits of one Big Ten opponent, and that was a 9pt spread against Ohio State. But the Hoosiers come to town and they mainly control the game and beat us for their first B1G win of the season.

I don’t particularly care to hear about how big PSU was….Towson, Wagner and Rider. That’s it. That’s the list….before last night. Dreadful. Maryland might beat them by 50 on Sunday.

Finally, a question….what is more believable….. that Tom Brady had nothing to do with deflated footballs (I actually don’t think Belichick was probably involved) or that Hanner Perea chose on his own to stay in the locker room for the game last night?

Snarky Hoosier, Snark Vegas

JEREMY: Snarky,

I would say a split of these upcoming two road games would be a boon for Indiana and a sweep just gravy.

As for the women’s team, it’s not like I watched the game last night, but I see Penn State with 23 offensive rebounds and 19 second-chance points. And I see Indiana was 10-of-26 on 3s, which is OK, but not lights out. Add in that every time I looked at a Twitter update, Amanda Cahill was in foul trouble � the best rebounder on a team with severe size limitations � and I’m not surprised. But hey, it wasn’t a good result. There’s no doubt about that.

I’ll say Hanner staying in the locker room to watch the game is more believable, but he also wasn’t out on the court watching warm-ups with the team like usual, which seems strange if he was in the building, although perhaps he had some of the sickness going around. Regardless, there’s no way Tom Brady didn’t know what was up with those footballs, plausible deniability or not.

MIKE: Hey Snarky, welcome back.

I was chatting last night with our women’s basketball reporter, Jon Blau, about just how far Penn State has fallen off. Obviously they lost a ton of talent, but they’re Penn State. They’re loaded with blue chip talent and a nice mix of size and skill. But no question, they’ve struggled this season and if you’re Indiana, you don’t want to be the one to give ’em their first win. Indiana shot OK from 3 (10-of-26), but it looks like the size just got to them. Amanda Cahill fouled out and they were outrebounded 47-35. This IU team isn’t built to handle teams that want to push them around — i.e. most of the Big Ten — so, yeah, the Maryland game could be ugly.

Regarding Hanner, I don’t think he chose to stay in the locker room on his own. Sounds like it was a directive from Tom Crean so that he could watch on TV and gain a different perspective. What’s fishy to me is that he wasn’t on the court during pregame warmups or again after halftime. I was told not to look to much into it, but it’s kind of odd, to say the least. We’ll follow up.

ANDY: SH:

Hey, it’s life on the road in the B1G. I thought the Hoosier women played very well up at Minnesota, and probably deserved to win that one. It’s a coaching-transition year for IU women’s hoops. Anybody who didn’t think there would be some fairly serious bumps in the road, as a result, was fooling themselves.

I imagine Hanner didn’t volunteer for that duty. It’s in keeping with what we’ve already seen this season (with Troy, Stan and Emmitt during their suspensions) as a way to send a message while still having guys spend their time productively. Maybe Hanner transgressed in some fashion, but who knows? Maybe they’re just trying to help him learn the game from a different perspective. I recall how Tre Roberson actually relished watching football from the coaches’ section of the press box while sitting out with his broken led during his sophomore football season. He felt he learned a lot that way he wasn’t going to learn just by sitting on the bench. Don’t think it’s necessarily a big deal. It would seem a bigger deal if Hanner was actually available to play, which he ain’t.

Somebody clearly asked to have those footballs “prepared.” And, like you, I would think it seems far more likely that it was done to Brady’s specifications rather than Belichick’s.

QUESTION: 1. First let’s start with the bad and Teri Moren. All I can say is what a struggle she is. To lose 2 winnable games this week and one to a winless team in Big Ten is completely unacceptable. I understand she was not IU’s first choice but at some point when you have some talent and you need to be able to win these games. Last year Curt Miller’s strength was that he lost one game team should have won. She’s already lost 3 (ISU, Minny, PSU) and has been blown out countless times. I didn’t expect a step up due to so many graduations but I expected to maintain from last year and things have taken a major step back which is a problem. I hope i’m wrong but these early returns are so discouraging for a program that finally gained momentum under Curt Miller.

2. Now onto the Men’s golden pot that everyone will be talking about. Great great game last night. It is amazing to me how visiting teams keep saying they’re ready for Assembly Hall’s noise only to not have the place come down on their head. I went to Illinois Sunday for 1st time and place was so where near as loud as IU’s Assembly Hall. I should clarify I was not at game last night but could tell from TV how much louder it was than Illinois and have obviously been to big games at IU before. Do you guys feel IU has louder fans or the design of Assembly Hall makes it seem louder than other Arenas or is it a bit of both? I have always wondered this, but its never been clear in my opinion which it is.

Darren, Martinsville

JEREMY: Darren,

1. I’m not ready to go all unacceptable on Teri Moren or women’s basketball. Curt Miller had a near perfect confluence of talented newcomers and veteran frontliners, including fifth-year transfer Tabitha Gerardot. I would agree that Indiana State and Penn State were disappointing losses, but not ones I couldn’t see coming potentially. Minnesota was just disappointing the way the Hoosiers lost, but the Gophers are a Top 25 team. I honestly expected a step back, even if Miller was coaching. Next year will be more telling with an infusion of frontcourt help to go with the perimeter talent.

2. For my money, it’s as much the design of Assembly Hall as anything else. Illinois, for example, was much more in full throat two years ago when IU was No. 1. And while the fans certainly deserve credit for their rabid enthusiasm, I think they really benefit from the design of Assembly Hall, which makes the sound simply cascade down to the court in both an intimate and intimidating fashion.

MIKE: Hey Darren,

It was interesting to listen to Moren on her radio show on Monday evening. She — and the rest of her staff — took the blame for the late-game collapse at Minnesota, saying they didn’t make the correct adjustments in the final few minutes. The Minnesota loss was bad, no question about it. That’s a road win that was there for the taking, especially with player of the year candidate Rachel Banham out for the season. I get the Penn State loss, as bad as they’ve been. Just not sure it’s a good matchup for Indiana in any season, though maybe the Hoosiers find a little more even footing next year with the incoming frontcourt additions. One thing I had no doubt about with Curt Miller was his in-game decision making. The guy is a heckuva coach, but even with as good as he is, I think most people — Miller included — predicted a dropoff this season. This team simply isn’t built to be a real night-in, night-out contender in the Big Ten. I’m also not going to jump on a coach in her first year on the job. Although it will only be Year 2 under Moren, next year will be more telling of the kind of coach she is and could be.

It’s a little bit of both, methinks. Indiana fans, especially the ones in the student sections, are just great. But the design of the arena seems to help, too. The way the balconies are set up sends all that noise cascading down to the court level. For all of the building’s shortcomings with sightlines, the great aspect of it is how noisy it tends to get. When it’s rocking, as it was last night, there’s no better homecourt advantage in the country. I believe that.

ANDY: Darren:

1. Sheesh. Why in the world would you not expect a traumatic coaching transition, done late and obviously under some duress, to create some resultant issues? This was entirely predictable. Coach Moren recruited none of these kids. They’ve all had to accept the change and adjust to each other, and pretty much do it on the fly. So this season was always going to be a significant challenge, with some major hurdles in place, for all involved. Circumstances dictated that. Let’s give them all a chance to get through it, hopefully make some progress, and then let’s watch what sort of program Coach Moren is going to build through not just the returnees but also her own recruits. That’s going to take some time to evaluate. Now is most certainly not the time.

2. I do think the unique architecture of IU’s Assembly Hall does lend itself to noise cascading down toward the floor from on high in a manner not really found elsewhere. Add to that a particularly passionate fan base, especially for marquee games, and there is little doubt it can seem a bit discombobulating for visiting teams — especially first-time visitors. Coach Turgeon said last night it was the best atmosphere his team had played in all season. No reason to doubt him.

QUESTION: As a college football recruiting geek, I’m always ready for the first Wednesday in February. While I’m excited about the names I’m seeing, I’m very curious about the last four places left. What are you guys hearing? Any Signing Day surprises? (I guess that’s the two question limit…)

Steve, Indianapolis

JEREMY: Steve,

I’m sure there are some priorities among guys IU has long recruited, but they’d gladly take the best talent available and willing to come to Bloomington. To that end, wide receiver and Washington State commit Dahu Green is supposed to visit this weekend. Also looks like IU is in on three-star running back Sekai Lindsay. Beyond that, football dudes …

MIKE: Hey Steve,

Kind of already touched on this a couple questions up, but sounds like Kevin Wilson has a few things up his sleeve. Matt Weaver over at Peegs.com reported that Wilson is in on 3-star running back Sekai Lindsay, who has offers from Pitt and Georgia Tech. 3-star athlete Keith Washington, who could be a corner option for IU, seems like a strong possibility, too. Of course, with everyone who has verballed for IU’s 2015 class, it ain’t official until they sign. We’ll be tracking it closer over the next couple weeks.

ANDY: Steve:

It seems the Hoosiers are looking mostly on the defensive side of the ball to round out this class. I understand they’ve persistently gone after DT Jamal Milan from Chicago, but word is he’s also looking hard at Minnesota (with Illinois and Iowa State the other schools involved). Not sure if IU is going to take another LB, but there are two or three possibilities there. Among DB prospects, Keith Washington (who is apparently visiting Louisville this weekend) and Marnez Ogletree are at least potentially Bloomington-bound, but IU would obviously still love to get a guy like Kareem Orr, too. Offensively, wideout Dahu Green is a Washington State commit but is reportedly scheduled to visit IU this weekend.

It seems there is almost always a surprise or two come signing day, of course. There could well be names I haven’t heard. And guys would flip one way or the other. So it’s always worth staying tuned.

QUESTION: How about playing some home games in Indianapolis? I understand IU is in Bloomington but judging from traffic when I go home 3/4 of people who have tickets are from Indy anyways. It would be nice to see at least 1-2 non conference and 1-2 Big Ten games in Indy. Im not talking neutral site games against Butler or Notre Dame either. I’m talking true home games at either Bankers Life or Fairgrounds Coliseum or at least letting IUPUI host us in a ‘home” game for them at the fairgrounds that would be 90% IU fans.

Frank, Indianapolis

JEREMY: Frank,

I don’t think IU is terribly interested in hosting home games away from Bloomington. The student section wouldn’t be as strong away from home, nor would the revenue. The only exception would be an elite opponent, a la Louisville, at Lucas Oil or Bankers Life. No way Big Ten games aren’t played at Assembly Hall. Any team needs all the homecourt advantage it can get for those games.

It’s not like Indiana is a St. John’s where playing at Madison Square Garden provides both a seating and profile jump from the on-campus arena.

MIKE: Hey Frank,

Fred Glass is an Indianapolis guy, but I doubt even he would want to take the team out of Assembly Hall for more than the Crossroads game. No offense, but it’s just a bad idea and it would — or at least should — never happen with a Big Ten game. When Assembly Hall is packed and rocking like it was last night, you have the best homecourt advantage in college basketball. You just don’t step away from that and I’m sure that’s a big part of the reason all those folks from Indy continue to make the drive to Bloomington in the first place. The IUPUI idea is intriguing and I don’t necessarily think it’d be all that bad for IU to do something like that, but there’s no way you pull the team out and play a conference game at Bankers Life. Keep an eye on a possible game with Louisville at Lucas Oil. Not saying it’s going to happen, but Fred Glass didn’t seem opposed to exploring that possibility when we spoke about it last month.

ANDY: Frank:

Not sure long-time season-ticker holders of Bloomington, Bloomington’s hotels and restaurants, the IU student body or Fred Glass would agree with your overall assessment. I wouldn’t at all think that three-fourths of Assembly Hall crowds are Indy-based. Having said that, there is no doubt that Indy is a crucial market for IU, and some periodic further cultivation of it doesn’t seem unwise or unwarranted.

Fred Glass is a big believer in on-campus venues for college games and I subscribe to that notion, also. I wouldn’t move Big Ten games to Indy. But another non-conference game, every now and again, sure. I like the notion of playing IUPUI at the Fairgrounds. Just went to a Fuel hockey game at that venue last month, and the renovation there is very impressive.

QUESTION: hey guys,

so i realize we should just enjoy this win for the men’s bb team, but i’ve been thinking about next year, too. specifically, i’m worried troy might leave early. not sure if you guys saw the story on crimson quarry (can’t link to it per your chat policy, but it revealed that the 76ers gm was scouting troy in person), but it sounds like the nba is already tracking him closely.

any sense for whether he’ll bolt this year or stay one more year? seems like a good junior season could elevate him into oladipo territory, but i also understand his desire to get into the league as fast as possible.

nevertooearlytofret, bloomington

JEREMY: nevertooearlytofret,

There’s no doubt NBA scouts are going to keep an eye on Troy Williams, but I think he has to show more with his jump shot to move into leaving early territory. I do think Indiana is preparing for the possibility of Troy, Yogi Ferrell or James Blackmon Jr. to go pro, possibly all of them.

That said, the latest top 100 over at draftexpress.com has Yogi No. 38, Blackmon No. 40 and Williams No. 60. That’s second round at best for all of them and nowhere near a lottery pick.

MIKE: Hey nevertooearly,

All we know for sure — I think — is that two people are leaving after this season. Still a lot of season left, but it wouldn’t shock me if Troy left, nor should it be surprising that NBA folks are taking a close look at him. He has the build and the length that you want to see at the next level, but I still think his lack of a jumpshot holds him back with NBA scouts. That’s not to say he wouldn’t leave without one, but it’s hard to see his stock really jumping much further until he adds something resembling a consistent shot. ESPN’s Chad Ford has Williams ranked as the No. 10 small forward in the upcoming draft class, which means he’d go in the second round or go undrafted altogether.

ANDY: NtEtF:

Really don’t have any idea regarding a possible early NBA entrance for Troy. He is a precocious talent, no doubt, but just as obviously still has aspects of his game to work upon. I’m sure he hungers for the NBA, like most kids, but I’m not sure what NBA folks would be telling him right now. Off-hand, I would think, like you, that an Oladipo-style path might work out well for him, which would mean playing his junior season in Bloomington and continuing to mature his overall game in the process.

QUESTION: MODERATOR: That’s all the time we have for today’s chat. Thanks for being here. Be sure to follow the action this weekend on the Hoosier Scoop blog and app.

What else should we know as we head closer to the weekend?

JEREMY: Mike and I are on the road to Columbus Sunday with photographer extraordinaire Chris Howell for Indiana’s rematch with Ohio State. In the meantime, we’ll keep you occupied with some follow-up stuff from Maryland and some preview stuff regarding the Buckeyes. Thanks for checking in and chatting.

MIKE: We’ll catch up with Tom Crean and the rest of the IU men’s team sometime Saturday afternoon, so stay tuned to the Scoop and heraldtimesonline.com for more basketball coverage ahead of Sunday’s game in Columbus. Sounds like snow is in the forecast for Sunday evening, so I’m simply hopeful we get back to Bloomington without much of a hassle after the game. Anyway, looking forward to that one. Should be interesting. Also, the IU women host Maryland on Sunday at 3. Thanks for checking in, everybody. See you next week.

ANDY: Teams always look great when they shoot as well as Indiana did against Maryland. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a terrific IU performance, because it was, but as Coach Crean said afterward it was a really good win against a really good team, but nothing more than that unless the Hoosiers build from it. It doesn’t guarantee anything moving forward, but that doesn’t mean it can’t serve as something of a springboard heading into two very challenging road games this coming week. How will this young team handle a success the magnitude of last night’s? Will it continue to stay hungry? Will it still play with something to prove?

One thing I do expect: IU will remain fun to watch, usually, win or lose.

Thanks as always to all who chatted and/or checked in.