Tag:Indiana
Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:36 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 2:53 pm
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The Poll Attacks

By Gary Parrish

You think adopting a cute dog will keep you out of the Poll Attacks?

Think again, Toni.

Think again.

Let's go!

Associated Press poll: Pittsburgh is 11-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big East.

And yet the Panthers are still getting points in the AP poll.

Seriously.

The good news is that all four of Pitt's points came from the same voter, which means 64 of the AP's 65 voters understand the Panthers belong nowhere close to a Top 25 ballot. The bad news is that one voter isn't quite as tuned in. Her name is Toni Ginnetti, and this might be the first time I've ever Poll Attacked a woman. (Insert joke here.) Honestly, it makes me a little uncomfortable. But how can she have Pitt ranked 22nd?

Pittsburgh has no good wins and four bad losses (on the road at Notre Dame and at home to Long Beach State, Wagner and Cincinnati), which means the Panthers are in the running for the nation's most disappointing team considering they were ranked 10th in the preseason. And yet Toni has them ranked 22nd. Which is silly. She also has Xavier ranked 18th. Which is also silly considering the Musketeers have dropped four of their past five games, including Saturday's home game to a Gonzaga team that is now 11-2 and ranked 25th but somehow unranked on Toni's ballot.

In summary, Toni is the only person giving Pitt and Xavier votes.

So she's smarter than everybody or completely unaware of what's happened the past two weeks.

The latter seems more likely.

But, either way, let's end this on a good note. Seems Toni just adopted the cutest dog in the world. I'm for stuff like that. So because she's so generous I promise to never Poll Attack her again ... as long as she gets Jamie Dixon's underachieving Panthers off her ballot by next Monday.

Coaches poll: Jeff Goodman and I ranked Indiana seventh in the Top 25 (and one).

Now for the question you're asking ...

Do we really believe there are just six teams better than Tom Crean's Hoosiers?

Answer: No.

But what do you do with a team that's 13-1 with no bad losses and wins over Kentucky and Ohio State? At some point you have to throw away what you think you know and just rely on the body of work, and IU's body of work is among the nation's best. Again, the Hoosiers are 13-1. The only loss is a loss at Michigan State, and Indiana actually led that game with less than nine minutes remaining. (Michigan State, by the way, is 13-2 with losses only to North Carolina and Duke. So, like I said, IU's loss at Michigan State is not a bad loss.) Meantime, the Hoosiers have wins over Kentucky, Ohio State and Butler. That's really good at this point in the season and why I can't understand the coaches ranking IU 12th.

Let's compare the Hoosiers' body of work to one team ranked ahead of them -- Louisville.

The Cards are 12-2.

They have zero wins over teams currently ranked.

They have a loss to the Kentucky team that IU has already topped.

And, if you're into this sort of thing, the Cards are nine spots behind Indiana at KenPom.com.

So how is Louisville ranked ahead of Indiana? And why is Indiana still outside of the top 10? If the Hoosiers are fraudelant, we'll find out soon enough and adjust accordingly. But for now, they probably belong in the top 10, and they definitely belong ahead of Louisville.
Posted on: January 2, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Podcast: College hoops road trip!

By Matt Norlander

The cross-country American road trip. A staple of how our nation's citizens and families find unfamiliar ways to bond -- and loathe. Rob Dauster and Troy Machir, the fellas who run Ballin' is a Habit, will embark on a three-week gallivant from D.C. to Indiana to Missouri to Wisconsin to Kansas to Utah and about six other states as well.

It's the BIAH Road Trip, and good God am I jealous. Rob and Troy will traverse across the country and catch more than a dozen games in January. Historic buildings and tiny gyms. It's going to be epic -- how could it not? And so I brought them on the podcast in advance of their departure later this week.

Help the guys out and donate them a few dollars. To track their travels in real-time, follow Rob and Troy on Twitter. Let's get to the podcast.

Mapping it out:
  • From the beginning: All the teams, states, arenas and details of the trip. I'd break down individual conversations, but hearing them go through this trip is great. They're prepared ... but not totally.
  • 13:50: The venue they're most looking forward to seeing.
  • 20:18: Getting to hoops talk. Primarily, Indiana.
  • 22:39: Ironic that the "let's talk about Indiana more" has led to further shadowing of two-loss Michigan State. Classic Izzo.
  • 24:42: Who's that over there? ... Ah! It's No. 4 Duke. Sneaky little kids.
  • 26:30: I ask Rob which team he thinks has been the most overshadowed, and you can hear him typing on his laptop to prepare a response. Hahaha.
  • 29:35: Podcast gets closed up with a few lingering storylines and how these two will entertain themselves by spending days upon days in a car. They're going to get very familiar with each other.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:14 am
 

Indiana proving Hoosier Hysteria for real

By Jeff Goodman

First it was Kentucky. Now Ohio State. 

It's about time we start taking Indiana seriously. 

When I made a stop in Bloomington back in October, I knew this was a team that was set to improve upon the last struggles of the past few years. Will Sheehey had made a serious jump from his freshman season and Tom Crean added the most significant recruit in his tenure - talented freshman big man Cody Zeller. 

But I didn't see this coming. 

No one did. 

Hoosier Hysteria is officially back. I was still cautious, even after the win over Kentucky three weeks ago, not quite ready to declare the Hoosiers a lock to make the NCAA tournament. Could a program that had won just eight league games over Crean's first three seasons in Bloomington turn it around so quickly in Big Ten play?

There was the opener at the Breslin Center in East Lansing against Michigan State. Although the Hoosiers lost, they did it in impressive fashion. They took an early punch from the Spartans before delivering one of their own. Yes, they wound up leaving 0-1 in conference play, but this group showed it was mentally resilient. 

There are those who still want to see if this group can sustain this throughout Big Ten play, especially on the road, but as long as Crean & Co. win six more games in the league, Indiana is a lock to make the NCAA tourney. 

It sure looks as though I was wrong in my prediction this team would be headed to an NIT berth. 

Fans aren't the only ones that can relax that this program is headed in the right direction, either. Crean can finally relax. His future as IU's coach is secure. They'll be no more Brad Stevens-to-Bloomington thoughts around these parts. 

I questioned the backcourt of Jordan Hulls and Verdell Jones. I questioned whether Christian Watford was consistent enough. I questioned the depth after the Hoosiers lost Mo Creek. Well, Indiana is 13-1 with wins over two of the elite teams in America. 

Sure, there will be excuses from some. The two wins were in front of raucous crowds in Bloomington. Terrence Jones didn't show up in the UK game and Ohio State was plagued by foul trouble on Saturday. Well, Indiana was without Sheehey against the Buckeyes. 

The bottom line here is that Indiana has earned a spot in the top half of the Top 25 - and it's only going to get better in Bloomington. 

Posted on: December 14, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Playboy model injured during IU's court storm



By
Jeff Borzello

I understand that Indiana fans were excited about beating Kentucky on Saturday, but why must the Hoosier faithful be so careless?

They injured a Playboy model!

Megan Dills, a Kentucky fan and Playboy model, was scheduled to do a photo shoot on Saturday. However, she had to cancel it after being hurt during the Indiana court storm. She has a sprained ankle and possible tendon damage.

I know I’m devastated.

“All those fans came out of their seats and rushed the floor like idiots,” Dills told VaughtsViews.com. “The next I knew, I was knocked down five or six steps. I think the guy who actually knocked me down is the one who did at least pick me up. After I got hurt, I was scared to death.”

Now she can’t walk, and therefore can’t do the shoot.

“But that’s okay because I do a lot of them,” Dills said.

Well, that’s good. At least she will get another chance at stardom.

Who knows how many attractive girls were trampled on Saturday, though? Hope this isn’t an epidemic.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Podcast: Our college hoops dream teams

By Matt Norlander

If you could assemble an entire college basketball program -- coaches, players, recruits, the whole she-bang -- but with certain stipulations, how would you do it? We undertook that project at CBSSports.com recently, and so Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on today to discuss their methods.  Much debate, much ribbing, much talk of "spacing," which is clearly important to Goodman.

Additionally, the guys put the finishing touches on Cincy-Xavier commentary and look at Syracuse strictly from a hoops perspective and warning signs with Ohio State and Memphis. We also get an idea of how terrible of a gift-giver Parrish is.

Agenda:
  • From the beginning: Our Dream Teams. How we picked and what we couldn't do when putting them together.
  • 8:45: Goodman is dumb.
  • 10:15: Haven't had Parrish and Goodman together to talk Cincy-Xavier, so we needed to get to that. Still a story, still some aftershocks and plenty of opinions.
  • 18:39: We've spent plenty of time talking about Indiana's side of the win over Kentucky. How about the Wildcats losing?
  • 20:15: Syracuse is No. 1 in the polls. It deserves some discussion about its actual basketball team and accomplishments. This is where we do that.
  • 23:10: Sullinger has a back issue. I posit this could be a season-long thing if it's more serious than we're led to believe.
  • 25:02: Wherein we diverge on opinions of what Memphis has become and what it is. Parrish defends the Tigers. In other news: there's the sun today.
  • 29:34: We always wrap up the podcast with some fun banter. Hey, who's got their holiday shopping done? Not us! You know you're in trouble when you wander into a Brookstone, desperate for any kind of gift idea.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 3:20 pm
 

UK-IU draws 3.5 million viewers



By Gary Parrish


John Calipari spent part of last week publicly discussing the possibility of ending one of his high-profile home-and-home series -- either with Louisville, North Carolina or Indiana.

The Kentucky coach has his reasons, of course. One of them is that the SEC will move from 16 to 18 league games next year. Another is Calipari's strong desire to play more made-for-TV neutral-site games. So I get it. Honestly, I do. But I still hope all three series remain, and college basketball fans in general seem to agree because 3.5 million people watched Saturday's tilt between the Wildcats and Indiana.

That's a low number for "Jersey Shore."

But it's a massive pull for college basketball.

What Kentucky-Indiana provided was a game between two undefeated teams from two tradition-rich schools at an on-campus arena, and the importance of that last little detail can't be overstated. Take the same game -- and the same Christian Watford buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave Indiana a victory over the top-ranked Wildcats -- and put it at Madison Square Garden, and it loses something. Because the location mattered. It provided the type of atmosphere that makes college basketball special, and it created the postgame celebration that most of us will remember forever. I like that. And it's only possible with a home-and-home series between power programs.

Truth be told, we don't have enough of those these days.

That's why it would stink to lose one of the really, really good ones.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:05 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 1:14 pm
 

All that's wrong with the Cincy/X fight/fallout

By Matt Norlander

There was a national writer at the Cincinnati-Xavier brawl Saturday, and we've brought him on the podcast to discuss every angle of this story. Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News lives in the Cincinnati area and knows the two programs as well as anyone.

Did he see this coming? Why were star players on the court in the closing seconds a blowout? DeCourcy and I disagree on the severity of the suspensions. I think they're too soft on both sides, while DeCourcy doesn't really care what sportswriters think about suspension lengths. (I also disagree with him in principle here -- it's writers' job to comment and react to these things, even if DeCourcy isn't particularly interested in what his fellow scribes think).

One quick note: The call was a computer-to-phone connection, which means it makes me sound like I have a lisp. This is not the case, but you'll be amused all the same.

The discussion breaks down like this:
  • From the beginning: DeCourcy was right there. Did he see the fight coming?
  • 7:40: Why were Tu Holloway, Yancy Gates, Mark Lyons and other players of note on the floor with less than a minute to go in the blowout?
  • 9:55: The suspensions discussion. I'll simply tease it and say I don't agree with where Mike is coming from here.
  • 13:40: DeCourcy's case for why so many of us misinterpreted Cronin's words from his press conference, and more of his case for why Gates shouldn't necessarily be off the team or serving a longer suspension.
  • 20:53: It clear the coaches weren't the ones calling the shots with the player suspensions, right?
  • 23:03: We also squeeze in room for the biggest basketball only-related topic from the weekend: Indiana's buzzer-beating win against Kentucky. This doesn't mean Indiana's all the way back, but the Hoosiers still provided a top-10 moment for this season with that W. And Calipari, in some ways, will take this loss because he can use it for a good humbling with his team.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:18 am
 

Kaboom goes the bar: Fan reaction of IU's win

By Matt Norlander

Everyone's posting this video, and we will too. Indiana beats Kentucky, Indiana bar goes wild.

Never gets old. Never. I particularly love the reinforced cheers upon the replays of Watford's shot falling true. By the way, check photo No. 2 in this gallery. That's just a sweet shot. Also, Eamonn Brennan posted a video from outside the bar, Nick's, which is featured in the video below. The streets were occupied heavily by ecstastic, drunk and delirious IU fans, who finally found themselves a reason to be outwardly proud of their basketball team.

It's a great Monday in Bloomington.

IU Upsets KY - Celebration at Nick's English Hut from Tarun Gangwani on Vimeo.

 
 
 
 
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