Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana and North Carolina have plenty of shared history heading into this Friday’s game, I wrote.

Max Bielfeldt has provided much-needed extra leadership for the Hoosiers this season, Mike writes.

The IU baseball team exploded for 27 runs in a win over Butler on Wednesday, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Tom Crean’s planning a basketball history lesson at The Palestra while in Philadelphia, Rick Bozich of WDRB.com writes.

The day the president was shot, Indiana won a national title that night when the Hoosiers and Heels last met in Philadelphia, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Age has its benefits for Indiana’s Max Bielfeldt, Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel writes.

IU coach Tom Crean has proved the doubters wrong, Chris Goff of the Fort Wayne Joural Gazette writes.

Since Robert Johnson’s injury, Nick Zeisloft’s effort on defense has been crucial, Michael Hughes of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

Tom Coverdale sees a favorable comparison between his 2002 Hoosiers and the current IU team in an interview with Tyler Smith of Indy Sports Legends.

North Carolina’s “small” lineup has given the Tar Heels a big boost lately, Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News & Observer writes.

Thomas Bryant is key against the taller Tar Heels and other Sweet 16 observations, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports writes.

UNC’s Marcus Paige is trying to rewrite his legacy with an NCAA run, C.L. Brown of ESPN.com writes.

Indiana’s OG Anunoby is one of five under the radar guys who can become household names in the Sweet 16 and beyond, Joe Boozell of NCAA.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of our brief free time upon arriving in the City of Brotherly Love, here’s Bruce Springsteen with “Streets of Philadelphia.”

4 comments

  1. IU vs UNC…the line is 5.5. Which is the biggest gap sans Iowa State/Virginia.

    None of the talking sports heads are giving Indiana a chance in hell to win this game. I think UNC is a really good team, but they are nothing like the top ranked teams in prior years.

    They keep saying we don’t have enough big guys to bang with UNC. OG can guard anyone on the floor. Bryant & Max switching can hold their own. Brice Johnson is an absolute beast. But we’ve held our own against some pretty tough rebounding teams this year. Purdue’s front line was neutralized even though everyone thought they’d eat us up. Including me!

    UNC’s perimeter D is below average. They don’t shoot the ball very well themselves. We could do some serious damage to them from 3.

    I dunno. “Conventional wisdom” around this game doesn’t really seem to fit. Doesn’t mean we’ll win. Just saying that I think this “no chance in hell” stuff is a little off. I wonder how many of these pundits have actually seen us play this year?

    If Indiana wins this game, it shouldn’t be a shock-the-world type win. I think these are two really good teams facing each other.

  2. Maybe it was just a poor choice of terms but since when is putting two ‘post’ players together on the floor ‘traditional’?

    DD, I’m picking the Hoosiers. If the Hoosiers have a steady overall game and shoot ever so slightly above their average on threes, the defensive weakness of the Heels, this could definitely go down as a ‘W’. It won’t take an amazing performance by any means. Troy needs an aggressive game with a good handle. TB needs to keep the fouls down. Hopefully, everyone will be available.

    Nothing amazing is necessary. Forty minutes of focus is what will win this game.

  3. If we can get start knocking down a few open 3s by working through Bryant in the paint, TW on the back-cut will be open all day long. Troy’s mom rejoices on Twitter and Hoosiers are playing on Sun.

    Look how simple it is to type that success story. Dear Hoosier team & coaches, just do what I type. You put ball in basket. You don’t let other team put ball in basket. No problem. If you don’t do this, you suck and should go jump in a lake.

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