4 things we learned from IU’s loss to Purdue

1. Indiana played hard, but is it sustainable?

The Hoosiers rose to the moment in this rivalry rematch, illustrating their capacity to fight mere days after that ability was fairly questioned.

It was a ready-made atmosphere for Indiana to respond, with a raucous home crowd spurring the Hoosiers in the wake of their empty effort on Saturday at Minnesota.

But getting up for a rival is hardly impressive, nor should it be considered revelatory. Really, it’s just the bare minimum.

There have been a handful of losses this season that can be directly attributed to a lack of effort — games against Nebraska, Northwestern, Michigan, Rutgers and Minnesota all come to mind. Playing hard against Purdue is certainly a positive sign, but it doesn’t prove anything.

IU’s ability to create its own energy in remaining games against Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois and Rutgers will show what, if anything, the Hoosiers were able to digest from these past few days.

If it has any hopes of reversing its 2019 skid, Indiana is going to have to force teams into ugly contests such as Tuesday’s. Doing so will require the Hoosiers to create their fortune through toughness and a will to do the little things.

Do the Hoosiers have it in them?

2. IU’s offense keeps getting worse.

After 15 conference games, Indiana owns the second-worst offense in the Big Ten.

The Hoosiers are 13th in offensive efficiency, 13th in effective field goal percentage (44.7 percent), 14th in 3-point shooting percentage (26.7), 10th in 2-point shooting percentage (47.0) and 11th in turnover rate (18.3 percent of IU’s possessions end with an error).

Indiana also ranks 13th in points per game (62.1). The 46 points IU scored on Tuesday tied for the season low set in the the Hoosiers’ 69-46 loss to Michigan on Jan. 25 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

The Hoosiers can’t shoot, they can’t pass and they struggle to do anything but grind through halfcourt possessions. In 2019, Indiana’s offense is poor decision after poor decision, with the occasional layup mixed in.

Tuesday was the third consecutive game — and the eighth time in the past 10 contests — that IU has failed to score at least a point per possession. Against the Boilermakers, Indiana had more turnovers (17) than field goals (15), finishing with only four players that made multiple shots.

Per advanced statistics web site Barttorvik.com, Indiana has the Big Ten’s worst offense in conference home games. Against league opponents in Bloomington, IU ranks last in adjusted offensive efficiency, turnover percentage (19.5) and 3-point shooting percentage (22.8).

3. Zach McRoberts added a jolt to Indiana’s lineup.

A foot injury kept the senior guard sidelined for the better part of the past five games, one more medical issue in a season full of them for the Hoosiers.

But in recent days, McRoberts decided that enough is enough.

Though not fully-recovered from the foot injury, which he suffered in late January, McRoberts asked Indiana’s coaching staff to let him play during the season’s final stretch. Given McRoberts’ penchant for hard-nosed, gritty plays, Archie Miller was happy to oblige.

McRoberts grabbed two rebounds and recorded one steal in 12 minutes against Purdue.

“He could be sitting there saying, ‘My foot is not 100 percent,’ but he basically told everyone, ‘I’m playing. I’m going to practice, I don’t care how it hurts, I’ve got to be out here.’ And you know what? I thought his minutes obviously were good minutes for us, and hopefully we can continue to kind of see how he operates here afterwards, but his toughness plays and some of the scrap plays that he makes, they go a long way.”

4. Purdue-Indiana has become a one-sided rivalry.

The Hoosiers have won only one game in this series since Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo left Bloomington.

Purdue has now won five straight over IU, tying for the longest streak of the Matt Painter era. The Boilermakers have also won eight of nine against the Hoosiers for the first time since 1966 to 1972.

Purdue’s senior class owns a 5-1 record against the Hoosiers, helping the Boilermakers to their first three-game winning streak in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall since the building opened in 1971.

“Coming out of here with three in a row in Assembly has been a lot of fun,” senior guard Ryan Cline said.

40 comments

  1. Had a thought as we try to put this game behind us with the remainder of a very disappointing season ahead. I know we are all hearing the voices out there wanting to make changes. So here is the question I want everyone to consider. Suppose we let AM go and TA bombs out this fall does anyone believe, given the track record of the last 25 years, that the current IU administration could get the new hires right?

    If you look at the W/L records of the 2 programs which really matter right now, can you really trust Glass? Better yet, can you trust the university President and BOT who have given him their full support during this entire time?

    I thought about this at length and begin wondering when was the last time IU had a competent AD. I realized the last time was also what one could was the “Gold Standard” for successful ADs, not just at IU, but anywhere. Sadly it has been nearly half a century since Bill Orwig was in charge of the program, but look at his resume at IU. Coaching hires of Sam Bell, Doc Councilman, Bob Knight, John Pont, and Jerry Yeagley, and possibly Corso if Orwig had stayed on longer. Name me an AD with that kind of impact anywhere?

    Question is, why had IU been so inept in AD hirings since Orwig? Maybe we need to look at the offices of the President and BOT, Orwig was hired by Herman B Wells. When is the last time IU had a President of this stature? Don’t forget the BOT which made Mr. Wells Presidency permanent was in 1938, maybe that is where the solution begins.

  2. Doesn’t matter. Those in charge live a very happy career life. That’s what matters.
    However, I advise the normal working Joe not to try this level of incompetence on his or her job because he or she would get fired.
    It only works for elites.

    1. t,
      If you are leveling the charge of incompetence at the administration, then the ultimate responsibility for what is on the court or field belongs to the BOT. 6 are appointed by the Governor, 3 are elected by the alumni. Hoosier Nation is the only thing which can force the changes needed and that begins with pressure on the Governor regardless what side of the aisle they hail from. If motivated, there should be a large enough contingent of Hoosier Nation voters within the state to make that happen.

  3. Thinkaboutit, there is a reason Brad Stevens is not at IU. For those that think the IU job is still one of the top jobs in country should carefully think about what you have posted. More to a great job than past championships. In short, well said.

    1. c81,
      Brad Stevens is a great coach and if I had to choose between any elite college program and the Celtics, I would be hard pressed on that decision. IU’s athletic problems begins and ends with what Hoosier Nation is willing to tolerate. Until Hoosier Nation shows it is no longer willing to tolerate the continued failure in this and other areas, not going to change. Pressure has brought to bear on the levers of power, it starts at the Governor’s office appointments and in the alumni votes regarding the BOT.

  4. think. Yes, that is the premise. However, reality suggests otherwise. For example, controlling college education costs. How is that working? Elites! and then there is the rest of society (In this case the rest of Hoosier Nation). Lala land. In reality slow motion vote in and vote out then one is worse or becomes worse than the other. Before suggesting that is a defeatist attitude or apathy take a analytical or hard look at reality.

    1. t,
      I don’t disagree with you at all and face the same reality everyday. The problem is the amount of disinformation out there makes it very difficult to coalesce around the correct solutions. Our society has lost it’s collective ability to determine right from wrong and this didn’t happen overnight. Yes, the Elites you refer to are very good at insulating themselves from the struggles the rest of us face, but that should not hinder us from pursuing what is right.

      When the results on the field and court indicate the the university in on the wrong track, start looking for where it went off course and see if it can be corrected. For IU this has been going on for a very long time. The obvious place to begin making corrections is with who sits on the BOT. You affect that through the Governors office and who the alumni elect.

      1. It’s easier to cheat (even if mildly and rather innocently, Kelvin ‘3-Way Speed Dial’ Sampson) at recruiting than fix what is wrong in IU’s bureaucracy holding its sports programs hostage. It’s easier to provide players hookers…It’s easier to accept cash from corrupt agents working for billion dollar shoe companies pimping out recruits for product placement…It’s easier to promote one-and-done and become an NBA farm system(UK) …It’s easier to invent ghost classes for 15 years and have athletes with 3rd grade reading levels, doctor their transcripts as if those classes actually existed(and get away with it because of a bogus defense/loophole the NCAA/mafia allows you to claim as defense), than to infiltrate a bureaucracy and cast your tiny little vote for the next board member.

        CHEAT!….like everyone else. Guess what…? We may have had a choker on the path to some of our banners, but we never had a cheater. The system now is built for rewarding cheaters. If you don’t like to cheat or bend the bogus rules forced upon some to abide while ignored when investigating “elites,” enjoy more years of yawning. It’s no coincidence that “elite” rhymes with “cheat.”

    2. I’m with t….It’s easier to penetrate a mafia ring and bring those criminals to justice than to dissolve, manipulate, infiltrate, force change and create justice in the thick and insulated bureaucracy of a corporate structures/institutional structure built to protect wealth more than anything else.
      That’s where 21st democracy is at….Good luck with even deciphering what “Hoosier Nation” even means or represents. Is Dan Dakich part of Hoosier Nation? Are all those ex-Creanies sitting at the Purdue game sporting their Bruno Maglia shoes more important than banners part of Hoosier Nation? Even with a mafia running your administrative bureaucracy holding a college sports program hostage via cronyism and collusion, how do you stop the dysfunction of broken rosters hurting those colleges that can only land one or two superstars every five years so disproportionately?

      Lastly, why was Tom Crean on the committee responsible for hiring Fred Glass? Why did Joey Glass feel such a need to write a sappy, over-the-top endorsement of Tom Crean while Joey was a student at Marquette and Tom was a coach beginning to feel a hot seat? These are all pretty simple questions. They are much simpler questions than distractions serving to seek 101 ways to infiltrate the mafia starting with a board member turd…that’s for damn sure.

  5. 2nd year coaching and first FULL recruiting class doesn’t mean “wrong track”. What we saw against Purdue has been IU’s “Achilles Heels” all season ..REALLY poor shooters and undersized front line. AM ,unlike Tom Crean ,who recruited Tim Priller and Jeremiah April, many years into his contract ..I don’t see any redundancy of recruiting effort by AM. Give AM 3-4 recruiting classes before jumping to conclusions. AND it doesn’t matter if you are undersized or not when the TEAM can put the ball in the basket …and THAT has been a problem from the get go.

  6. As always, I am so glad to read this thread of thinkers.

    I’m pretty sure we all watched Duke/UNC last night with the Nike shoe breaking and Zion getting injured.

    IF we are to be discussing reality and class struggle (and we should!), then at some point the issue must be addressed as to whether it is in the interests of a Player who ALREADY, prior to “College”, is a high NBA draft choice, whether that Player should risk his Career and the Millions of $$ that represents to compete “as hard as he can” in the College Game.

    Obviously not, from the a ‘realistic’ perspective! (remember, I am ONLY discussing an “already lottery pick”….not someone who can develop in the College game and become a top NBA pick.

    For example, how many of us writing on this thread truly believe that it’s in Romeo’s best interests to risk injury this season?

    To solve this: First, that unfair labor ‘rule’ insisting on a person working for the NCAA for one year prior to moving to his Career should be abolished. The NCAA game would be better for it.

    And Secondly, ALL players playing on a Division I NCAA team should receive a SALARY. It can be a deferred salary, but a salary for the Season should be established.

    Who among us were as thrilled watching that boring Duke/UNC game as we were watching Iowa, or Illinois, or Wisconsin, or even Purdue this season? (Indiana has NOT been enjoyable to watch as they have not exhibited comraderie…and Michigan is Elite and in a different class altogether from the other Big Ten Teams?

    Make it all “play for pay” and let those talented enough FOR THE PRO GAME to move immediately to the Pro game and let the rest of the highly talented players compete in the NCAA…with pay.

    You are welcome if you are thinking “Thank you, Rock, once again, for solving the problem.”

    1. I’m tired of this BS of an athlete risking his/her future sports career on college and true amateur athletics. And now that we’ve allowed the NBA mafia to hook, line and sinker the college/high school game for those who want to serve as ‘adolescent pros’ already tied to their cash puppet strings, can we give those who truly want to remain “amateur student/athletes” something back?

      Can we give the Olympics and all sports part of the Olympics back to the amateur athlete? Can we get the NBA out of the Olympics and give a world stage back to the true amateur? Must the narcissistic dollar seekers so fearful of losing their millions on a torn Nike sneaker and blown out knee at least give the amateur his/her Olympic games back? Is the millions upon millions and constant coverage of your names on ESPN still not enough? Must you rip the soul completely out of amateur sports and deny the true meaning of its pursuit built solely on competitive grit without the manipulations of mafia and obscene amounts of cash?

    2. I think the Chinese girl working in a Nike labor prison camp outside Beijing for $1.99/day should be tried and hung for missing her stitches. Either that …or give the sewing machine a raise.

    3. If it’s not in Romeo’s “best interest” to risk injury by playing at IU, then what in the hell are we doing here? Then it’s no longer amateur athletics. You’re not a sports program built in the mode and spirit of ‘one for all and all for one.’ You are outside the soul and circle of a team being bigger than one individual. You have already destroyed the premise of what a banner pursuit truly means. Where is the “best interest” of the DAMN GAME!

      Give me back the game…Get the NBA out of our bedrooms and college boardrooms….and take your friggin’ “best interest” and resignation to a team game you now believe a game for only YOU and shove it where the sun don’t shine.

  7. Nice presentation of info Rock. The college guys who are pre pros – I think we are seeing impact now in college football. Seems like an increasing number of guys are electing to skip bowl games prior to going pro.

    I believe NBA will delete the one year college thing in 2021 and after the Nike shoe fiasco maybe a year or two sooner. I’ve often wondered if colleges would be allowed to take out a multi-million insurance policy payable to the student incase of a devastating injury. Boy that would be hard to police.

    Month or so ago there was a IU BOT meeting in Columbus. Per our local paper the majority of athletics questions mainly football orientated.

  8. A little feedback for The ROCK. Congrats on well written comments, but I’ll withhold the “thank you” since none of what you wrote is new.

    “For example, how many of us writing on this thread truly believe that it’s in Romeo’s best interests to risk injury this season?” Well, that depends on the difference in total income he receives if leaves this year and is drafted 15th or 16th, or stays another year and gets drafted 4th or fifth. Yes, there is risk, but for $15 million, that might be a risk worth taking. So, it is not a slam dunk decision that Romeo should enter the draft this season. He probably will, but I think this season has reduced his value and will significantly reduce his overall earnings potential. I doubt Romeo will be a lottery pick in this year’s draft.

    “To solve this: First, that unfair labor ‘rule’ insisting on a person working for the NCAA for one year prior to moving to his Career should be abolished. The NCAA game would be better for it.” I completely agree. The rule is terrible and likely unconstitutional! How can the NBA prevent a legal adult citizen from pursuing his chosen career and earning a living?

    “And Secondly, ALL players playing on a Division I NCAA team should receive a SALARY. It can be a deferred salary, but a salary for the Season should be established.” No, that I don’t agree with. College scholarships should cover the total cost of attending college and more benefits for their families, but they should not become employees that get paid a salary. If college athletes become “employees,” that would open up many other cans of worms (think unforeseen consequences). For example, your employee who happens to be your star point-guard fails to attend meetings or is chronically late to practice. Can you just fire him? Can he then seek employment with other college teams? Imagine unionizing college athletes! What a mess that would create. No, if you eliminate the one and done rule, and increase the value of college scholarships, the problem is solved. And remember, there is value to a college education, although that value has, in relative terms, been greatly diminished by our nation’s education system and culture.

    The system needs adjustments, but it does not need a radical overhaul.

  9. Gang,
    My post actually had a two-fold purpose: #1) Knowing we are bound to have some fire Archie crazies running around out there – was to ask the question do we really want Glass or anyone else handling the hire. Personally, I believe Archie needs at least two more years to get the ship turned around. He’s only had 1 recruiting class and the 2nd was shaping up to be another good one, not sure about KB now. 2) Quite frankly, if left up to me, I would just as soon not have the one & done guys around anyway. Very disruptive to building a team atmosphere.

  10. I’d just allow Archie to be his own AD…and then name an AD for the rest of the IU Sports.
    I would subsequently suggest giving Fred back to Tom Crean….They’ve always been beyond close. The last time there’s been such a wonderfully matched pair was when a bra got introduced to Jennifer Tilly in a fitting room.

  11. I think the college degree should be abolished for those who are already super star enough to do their chosen career that requires a college degree. Example: If you can be a super star teacher (what ever that actually is anymore) without a college degree then that individual should be drafted as an educator/teacher after his freshman year of college. One and done. Same for any other occupation. The reason things could happen to an individual if he or she were to stay in college. Car wreck, rape, drug overdose, injured walking to class, cancer or a number of illnesses, depression, better job opportunities one year vs another, not as bright after staying in college…infinite list.
    Life is risk. NBA hostile takeover of college basketball. Why don’t they just merge?

    1. The reason things could happen to an individual if he or she were to stay in college. Car wreck, rape, drug overdose, injured walking to class, cancer or a number of illnesses, depression, better job opportunities one year vs another, not as bright after staying in college…infinite list.
      Life is risk. NBA hostile takeover of college basketball. Why don’t they just merge?

      t- THANK YOU! Post of the year…

  12. My concern for major conference football and basketball teams is when sport book betting become legal in all the states, we already have the big tv pay packages for the conferences and their schools and when the gambling money starts to flow into the NCAA, conferences and the schools what will that experience turn into. Remember the U of K point scandal, and others that have followed on a smaller scale might be child’s play in the future. Also, have the universities served their students well by having college debt piled up for degrees that prepare students for low paying jobs, so the college’s revenue stream keeps flowing. Take a look at any college athletic program and the related booster programs and see how many employees are listed for athletic purposes only.

    1. ^^^Another excellent post. Maybe the 2nd best post of the year. The college debt crisis will soon cripple this country’s economy and hopes of many who simply can’t fight their way out of the mountains of debt. It’s going to kill mortgages and the dreams of owning one’s best asset: a home.

  13. Elites again. Politicians/government, financial institutions make money available working with university elites to individuals pursuing higher education.
    Universities who are suppose to have integrity along with politicians/government and financial institutions lick their chops not to help students but to take advantage to develop strategies and programs designed to get as much of this available money they can get. They just barely keep the respective student alive carefully not to let him starve to death but to keep him or her buried in debt for life. This is unless that student comes from eliteness or figures out a way to become elite him or her self.

  14. Harv as usual mis-represented what I wrote (taking care to quote only a portion of my nuanced thought) but that’s OK with me, as I AGREE with Harv’s conclusion(s)….this is a case of “the end not justifying the means” but…whatever.

    I was astounded by the other thoughtful replies to my thoughts, and, as always, am thankful for the discussion.

    1. Rock,
      I actually believe your pay for play scenario will come. How soon is anyone’s guess, but the elephant in the room question still is, how are you going to pay for it? Money has got to come from somewhere and the college administrations have been loving spreading all that television revenue around to things other than the revenue generating sports. Gonna be a problem if your an IU with a historically pathetic FB program. That is where the big bucks are, BB carries own weight, but FB is the cash cow. Will be interesting to see when you have to pay the FB team.

      1. Title IX is still in play. That is not an NCAA rule, it is a federal law.

        You can’t just exempt football and basketball from the law. So, figure that in.

        1. Yup, that’s the other elephant in the room. Not a legal beagle but out of curiosity would a collective bargaining agreement sidestep that issue? We saw a CBA overcome a legal challenge by former running back from OSU (can’t remember name) versus the NFL at the Supreme Court.
          Maybe some of the lawyers out there could answer. Would be interested to know how all of this would play versus Title IX.

          1. That was Maurice Clarett.

            Can’t help with the intricacies of Title IX but remember, it is not a law about sports. It is a law about providing equal access to entities that receive any government funding. I encountered other facets of the law working with special needs kids.

            The reason I mention that is because it will be hard to find exemptions for specific sports in a law that wasn’t originally meant to be about sports.

            I agree that things will, no doubt, have to change. I have no idea how that will work.

  15. ‘Pay for play’…..? Might want to rethink your terminology. I just saw a Jupiter, Florida headline using those exact words to describe Robert Kraft getting a massage.

    And at places like Louisville, a ‘pay for play’ scenario could cause some real confusion. Hookers could end up with Nike shoe deals …Players might start getting G-strings sent to their lockers.

  16. Do you guys remember Podunker claiming that an unknown Scout was cratering Romeo Langford’s draft stock? Repeated attempts to ask for a link to the story and none were provided.

    However, I’ll provide link and quotes. Rich Bozich talked to TWO NBA Scouts and they’re still high on Langford (which is why they still have jobs):

    “Has Romeo Langford held his place in the Lottery?

    SCOUT ONE: “He’s still a lottery pick because the overall talent is there. You can see it. He can score, and people are always going to like that. The final piece that people will be looking at is his shooting, but he’s gotten better with that this season.”

    SCOUT TWO: “I like Romeo. To me, Romeo is a top-five pick. He will go no later than No. 8.

    “I know some people have questioned him because of the season that Indiana is having, but look at who he is playing with.

    “They have one guy (Juwan Morgan) who will probably play in the G-League. The rest of those guys would be substitutes coming off the bench on the good teams in the Big Ten. It’s just not a very talented team.

    “The first game I scouted Indiana in person was at Duke, and Romeo was one of the few guys who could even function in the first half. The rest of the guys could not function until the game was already over. The stage was too big.

    “Romeo has an NBA skill set. What can’t he do? He can drive. He can finish around the basket. He’s a very smooth and balanced player.

    “Does he need to improve his shot? Yes. Does he need to get stronger? Yes — so do nine out every 10 guys coming out of college basketball. Romeo will be fine.”

    https://www.wdrb.com/sports/bozich-scouts-riff-on-nwora-romeo-uk-guys-morant-bassey/article_f09d3fb6-360f-11e9-a447-7fb2dc83768e.html

    1. DD,
      Imagine the year Romeo would be having if anyone else on the team could shoot from beyond 10 feet? Heck, if some of them could even hit layups. Romeo would be unstoppable going to the basket and the NBA scouts know it. Who can get to the hoop when the entire defense is inside the paint? Exaggerated that a little bit, but that is the virtual reality of what Romeo is up against.

      Romeo has fantastic NBA potential because you can’t play a zone in the NBA. Any team that drafts Romeo below 5 or 6 is getting a huge bargain. Only knock on Romeo right now is FT and shooting from distance. When he gets into the league and only has to concentrate on BB, that will get fixed.

      1. DD,
        Imagine the year Romeo would be having if anyone else on the team could shoot from beyond 10 feet? Heck, if some of them could even hit layups. Romeo would be unstoppable going to the basket and the NBA scouts know it.

        You guys do understand the complete irony in everything you present in defense of Romeo’s talent in a vacuum, correct? You have just conceded that it is a team game. You have conceded that no one player can be bigger than the collective. And no matter his individual talent, no matter his draft position…and no matter how enormous the square footage of a mansion he will one day own, he does not have the power to make a team a contender by himself.
        Isn’t that a beautiful thing? The game cannot be owned by one. The game is not prisoner to his vacuum he lives. Gosh…And he’ll never know. He’ll never know the fabulous team somewhere ahead in a Hoosier time machine still there but unrealized. A team of the future he could lead. A team that must be nurtured and rewarded; teammates of less complete games optimized and developed and valued for specialty skills more advanced within such specialties than the mega star’s overall vacuum and repertoire.
        All adulation in the world is yours, Romeo….but a team is not. You can dream …or maybe you don’t …of how it could look if your heart was willing to risk something for all those toe-trippers and bricklayers who will drift out of your limelight only your glow has given them. Hurry, my Romeo for thou vacuum on your teamless team may only last so long. Scamper out of town quickly enough so something closer to a team not steal your light.

        And lest we forget, Alex Bizitch of ‘Inside the Halitosis’ …is from New Albany.

          1. There’s nothing there that says I dislike the kid….He’s a great young man just like the many who play as one-and-done’s for UK or any other school. My opinion of it is no different than that I held the other handful of Hoosier future NBAers we’ve watched bolt for the “next level” while finishing seasons on, mostly, dysfunctional teams short the time and need to truly develop.

            At least I’m consistent…..As nearly anomalies on our rosters, these “superstars” live in a vacuum and will never know what it’s like to have a light on a team bigger than the spotlight on themselves. That’s fine. But it’s not really basketball at the ‘amateur’ level and it’s certainly nothing unique.

  17. Where does it stop? Maybe we’re soon paying for a higher “star” ranking from a recruit ranking service? Maybe we’re paying a “bracketologist” for a better seeding or bubble team consideration? Maybe we’re paying that internet gambling site hush money to protect our name from scandal because we’re purposefully missing shots to purposefully drop games…or working to meet point spreads rather than win games? Maybe a scandal will soon not be a scandal because the moral fibers of decency and doing something with honor has been paid for on the backside of a dollar bill long ago?

    You really want to do all of this to amateur sports? You want to turn 17 and 18 year old kids into a product as objectified as a stripper at a Duke Lacrosse party? Dehumanize everything and remove the true love of a sport; extract the soul of competitive spirit and ultimately reduce all passions to whatever Franklin’s mug shot on a piece of paper can command?

    That’s the train that can’t be stopped? Do I have the discipline to stop watching when it gets to that point? Is it already at that point? Am I just a passenger on the greed train that never stops? Maybe I should have jumped off this obscene disfigured despicable belching beast of money lusting in the squalor of purposelessness built of heartless vegetables painted in gold long…long ago.

    Funny…When I was kid, the very first time I picked up my brand new leather basketball on 10th birthday and headed to cement of my driveway to chase an impossible dream, the only thing in my mind was to ‘play to play’….and to ‘play to play better’…and then to play to see that wonderful whiplash in a net when the ball went through the center of a rim with perfect rotation and to hope the whiplash of the net would be violent enough to make the net wrap around the rim …..That meant my playing was improving. That leather ball on 10th birthday was the world to me.
    Evil and people sick with greed want to destroy a determination to be something bigger than a dollar bill. They’re not paying you in appreciation dollars…They are paying you to kill a passion for something because they feel inferior for never having anything resembling such innocence and love for something in their lifetimes. Bet on you…Trade you….Shoe you….Rank you…corrupt you to be nothing but the object of their price.

  18. BLOOMINGTON — Alex Bozich is headed to Philadelphia to cover Indiana in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.

    It’s a place he never imagined he’d wind up.

    The 2000 New Albany graduate is the son of former Courier-Journal and current WDRB columnist Rick Bozich. Despite his love of sports — and basketball, in particular — following in his father’s footsteps was never a consideration, even when attending Indiana University in Bloomington and Indiana University Southeast in New Albany in the early 2000’s

    Nuff said….

  19. DD, I did respond to requests for the story that I referenced. I provided title, author and date the story was published in the IndyStar. But that notwithstanding, I simply referenced that the author had spoken to two different NBA scouts who believed that Romeo’s stock had fallen since this season began. And they both speculated that instead of being drafted fifth, Romeo could fall as far as 15th in this draft. Those scouts also referenced an example of another recent college basketball player (I don’t recall the name) who waited an extra year and improved his draft position from early second round to lottery pick, suggesting that it might be good for Romeo to do the same. The point I took from that article was that something that most “experts” recently thought was a slam dunk (Romeo would be a lottery pick) is now highly uncertain.

    No one knows what will happen. It’s all speculation. These two anonymous Scouts that the IndyStar reporter spoke to may be totally wrong. But the point was, they both agreed that at the beginning of the season, it was a no-brainer that Romeo would be a sure-fire top-5 draft pick. And now, both scouts agree that his stock may have dropped.

    You ask 30 NBA scouts the same questions, you’ll probably get at least 15 different answers. It will be interesting to see where Romeo goes in the draft. But after the draft, while I will wish Romeo and his family well, it won’t matter to me because I don’t watch NBA Basketball and never will again. As far as I’m concerned, it would be best for both the players and college basketball if these highly talented players were allowed to go pro right out of High School. The perverse system in place now is only good for the NBA, but it does not benefit either the most talented players or fans of college basketball.

  20. Surveillance tapes from Orchids of Asia…are now under further replay review. The ruling was Mr. Kraft was initially down by massage table contact….but replay now seems to indicate he was never touched.

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