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Dec
12
2009

Indiana v. Kentucky


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Okay, that wasn't the world changing win IU fans were hoping for, but that wasn't the horrific loss it could have been.  IU was in it for 23 minutes, and that was about 22 minutes more than some folks thought they would be.  The rebounding attrition took its toll at the opening of the second half and KU was able to get their momentum, but I am not disappointed. 


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5 Comments
Cobra said

I've been telling anyone who would listen that Crean needs to recruit one, if not two, BIG guys to control the boards down low. Pritchard is done, rescind his scholarship and Capobianco is a 7th man at best. I love the way Elston plays but he's going to be more Eric Anderson than anything.

They need a couple of monsters/bullies down low if they are going to compete for a national title. Zeller isn't that guy, Christian Watford isn't that guy, Muniru isn't that guy and the countless wing players Crean is recruiting aren't going to cut it, either.

Nevertheless, after IU's disappointing showing in Puerto Rico they seemed to have turned a corner. It's nice seeing the entire team begin to evolve and improve. I think Rivers gets too dribble happy at times but he's dealing with some young guys still trying to learn what they can do in the offense so I'll give him a break. 9 turnovers for IU yesterday, I think they'd take that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

I love Maurice Creek and I hope someone gives him a Ben Gordon workout video in the offseason so that he enters his sophomore year with some muscle and the ability to get his shot off anywhere. I seriously think that's his upside if he really works at his game.

Verdell Jones is really beginning to waste his potential. He should be averaging 17+ ppg. If he doesn't start picking it up he'll be sitting the bench by the time his senior year comes around.

Cobra said

I'm watching Detroit-Mercy play Michigan right now and Eli Holman (remember him?) is averaging 14.5 pts, 10.3 rebounds and about 2 blocks per game for the Titans. Xavier Keeling is 14.2 and 4.2 per game, as well. Jordan Crawford is averaging 18.5 per game for Xavier.

Bruce Paine said

I don't think it helps much to watch those guys and wonder "what if". They hitched their wagon to a embarrassing situation and were willing to leave school based on their perceptions of being wronged despite the real culprit of the calamity being Coach Sampson.

Cobra said

I suppose that's one way to look at it. Another would be that Crean wanted to bring in his own guys so he made it uncomfortable for the leftovers to stay. Now he's left needing Top 100 players, of which Holman was, to rebound the heck out of the ball.

I'm just saying, they are seemingly flourishing (on the individual level) for McCallum.

Crawford....he did that all on his own. I just decided to look him up because I recognized the other two.

Bruce Paine said

I hear what you are getting at, I just don't want to get into a "where would we be" thing where we are compiling the stats of the guys that left to the ones that are here. For a long time I wondered what would have happened if Kirk Hasten had stayed, or if Jeffries had stayed, and the only conclusion I come up with is that Mike Davis might still be our coach. I remember when i was standing around in Assembly trying to reach my ass with my thumb waiting for the presser to fire Sampson that nobody was saying anything about McCallum. I think that we were lucky he was not named head coach, because the NCAA may have taken a bigger interest in his role while at Oklahoma as Sampson's guy here, and then we would have been back in the frying pan. I guess I am still a little sensitive about the whole thing. I didn't think at the time that I would care that much about it, but I think a lot of the locals still carry a sense of betrayal at the hands of Sampson.


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