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The Crimson Quarry 14 hours ago

Game Preview: Rutgers Scartlet Knights

In a rare non-conference matchup the Indiana Hoo- wait what? GAME INFO: Who? Rutgers Scarlet Knights (10-12, #179 KenPom)  v. Indiana Hoosiers (15-6 #50 KenPom) When? 3:15 PM, Big Ten Network Vegas? TBA Pomeroy? INDIANA by 13, 90% chance of Indiana victory _______________________________________ Righting the Ship After a somewhat unbelievably 5-1 start to Big Ten play, Indiana is now reeling following two straight road blowouts to Ohio State and Purdue. While the season is far from over and Indiana can still achieve just about everything they set out to do this year, it certainly hasn't...
The Crimson Quarry 16 hours ago

Crimson Query with On the Banks

Dave White, the Rutgers basketball guru for On the Banks, answers our questions about tomorrow's game, talks about the big Rutgers win over Wisconsin, and discusses the controversial tenure of Rutgers AD Julie Hermann. 1. Welcome to the B1G! How has Rutgers basketball's inaugural Big Ten season been going thus far, and what have been some of the major differences between the new conference and life in the Big East/AAC? Dave: As Rutgers fans we're used to big teams coming into the RAC. Louisville, Syracuse, UConn have all been mainstays. That hasn't changed, just the jerseys have. That...
The Crimson Quarry 18 hours ago

The B1G Games Weekend Preview

Where staying in the hunt is an acceptable place to be... for now. It's not been a good week for Indiana basketball. One week ago, we were tied atop the conference. Now, we're two games out, and coming off a bad loss to Purdue. However, we're still in fine shape to finish strong, as long as we play a bit better than we have been. Anyway, the three games of importance this weekend were harder to pick out than normal. Two games were pretty obvious choices (Wisconsin/Iowa, and the lone Sunday game), but the remaining Saturday games were not particularly spectacular. Couldn't choose Rutgers-IU,...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 29, 2015

Hey, IU NSJC: Boycott Ed Sherman

Ed Sherman, lazy sportswriting, and how it all connects back to Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center. Yesterday, Ed Sherman penned this god-awful take posted on the website of IU's Center for Sports Journalism -- criticizing Marshawn Lynch's choice to not speak meaningfully to media members. The lede is hot-take gold. Sports journalists unite: It’s time to boycott Skittles. Don’t let your kids eat them anymore. Forget about handing out those small packets for Halloween. Skittles should be considered poison to any sports journalist who asks for respect in dealing with...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 29, 2015

A Trip Down Recruiting Memory Lane: What Could Have Been

Following another loss where personnel, not coaching, was the major theme of the night, it is clear that the Hoosiers desperately need front-court help. So, as any rational and sensical fan would do, my mind immediately jumped to of all of our recruiting misses over the past few years and wondered what could have been. After the loss to Ohio State on Sunday, Kyle sent out this tweet: Its a personnel thing, not a coaching thing. So try another narrative, probably. #iubb— The Crimson Quarry (@crimsonquarry) January 25, 2015 The responses to that tweet, while mild and harmless, got me...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 28, 2015

What Did We Learn: Purdue

guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh Purdue is a matchup nightmare for this Indiana team. I could have written this long before the game started (and maybe I did) because Indiana has nothing close to an answer for Purdue's size down low. At least, not as long as Hanner Mosquera-Perea remains sidelined. Y'all say what you want about HMP but he certainly had the ability to win a handful of one-on-one matchups with these guys thanks to his length. Purdue, somewhat unbelievably, actually stuck to what worked and ran the offense through Hammons and Haas. It's incredibly disappointing and frustrating that...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 28, 2015

Will Sheehey is a Fort Wayne Mad Ant

He'll make his debut tomorrow agains the Iowa Energy, if he passes a physical. Sportando reported earlier this week that Will Sheehey might be returning from Europe and entering the D-League player pool. Today, there's confirmation -- and you'll be able to catch him in action locally. The Mad Ants have announced today they have acquired former IU Hoosier Will Sheehey... pic.twitter.com/3i0z5pLFu8 — Fort Wayne Mad Ants (@TheMadAnts) January 28, 2015 ...Sheehey, pending a physical, is scheduled to join the Mad Ants tomorrow, Jan. 29th as they host the Iowa Energy at 7 pm at the...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 28, 2015

11 photos of Matt Painter pointing at things

MATT POINTER You may be aware that IU's head coach, Tom Crean, is a funny looking fellow. You can see this in my Twitter avatar, as well as my SB Nation avatar. He also likes to clap and wears a blue checkered shirt! Ha! FUNNY. But did you know that Matt Painter also often looks silly in the photos taken of him? In fact, a cursory Google image search reveals that he sure does love to point at things a lot during games! Sometimes with his mouth open! In fact, we might as well call him "Matt Pointer", amirite? And now, we present to you: 11 ridiculous photos of Matt Painter pointing his...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 28, 2015

An IU Fan’s Guide to Mackey Arena

I took my first-ever trip to a Purdue game a few weekends ago. With IU heading up to West Lafayette today, I felt this would be an appropriate time to report on my experience. A few weekends ago, I went to a game at Mackey Arena for the first time. Since it was the birthday of a friend who is a Purdue alum, my girlfriend and I decided to join her in making the trip up for a game. I've procrastinated on this piece for too long, but now with IU coming to West Lafayette to resume the IU-Purdue rivalry this evening, I thought I'd give my thoughts on the Mackey Arena experience as an...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 27, 2015

A very thoughtful rebuttal to what Hammer & Rails hates about Indiana

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT BOVINE TAKES COMIN' Our friends at Hammer and Rails attempted to write a mildly funny piece on the ten things they hate about Indiana. It did not go well. Hammer and Rails is normally a very good place to consume Purdue web content, and we often enjoy poking harmless fun at the perpetually tormented Travis Miller. Since we know the cowfolk to the north aren't the best at doin' words, we're here to help. Here's a thoughtful rebuttal and analysis of the 10 kind-of-weird things some guy at Hammer and Rails loathes about Indiana University. FIRST UP, PANTS: 1....
The Crimson Quarry Jan 27, 2015

Game Preview: Purdue Boilermakers

They're our rivals! GAME INFO: Who? Purdue Boilermakers (12-8, #75 KenPom)  v. Indiana Hoosiers (15-5 #42 KenPom) When? 9:00 PM, Big Ten Network Vegas? TBA Pomeroy? PURDUE by 1, 46% chance of Indiana victory _______________________________________ A Rivalry on Life Support It's an understatement to say that the Purdue / Indiana rivalry hasn't registered in the national picture of college basketball for quite some time, with only one game since 2005 that saw both squads take the floor ranked in the Top-25 (2008). In fact, the rivalry has hardly factored into the Big Ten title race with,...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 26, 2015

Hanner Mosquera-Perea targeted to return against Minnesota

Tom Crean said on his radio show the 6-8 forward is expected to return in mid-February Tom Crean told his LIVE LISTENING AUDIENCE at the Holiday Inn that medical staff is shooting for Hanner Perea's return for the Minnesota game on February 15. He'd previously stated that Perea's return could be expected in mid-February. What does that mean for the Hoosiers? They'll be saddled with the current lineup, with Collin Hartman playing the 5-spot, for five more games through the return trip to Maryland on February 11. Through that stretch, Indiana will also travel to Purdue (Wednesday) and...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 26, 2015

BRACKETWATCH: Hoosiers come in at #21, #22 in latest rankings

The Hoosiers are now 3-2 against the RPI Top 20. It's Monday, so it's time for RAPID REACTIONS and other HOT BRACKET TAKES. Here's your weekly link round-up of where the Hoosiers sit in various polls, rankings, ratings, and bracket projections. AP POLL The Hoosiers are in at #22 in the AP Poll this week, up from 23rd last week. Kentucky holds at 1. Only three Big Ten teams in the poll (Wisconsin at 5, Maryland at 16). Other Indiana opponents in the poll: Louisville (10), Georgetown (21), Butler (25). COACHES POLL Hoosiers are 21st among coaches, one slot ahead of Georgetown. Wisconsin's at...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 26, 2015

Crimson Query with Hammer & Rails - The Rivalry Continues

The IU-Purdue game is not until Wednesday night, but we're starting rivalry coverage early this week. Below is a Q&A with Travis Miller, who runs the ship over at SB Nation Purdue blog Hammer & Rails. In our Q&A, we discussed the rivalry itself, Purdue's strong frontcourt against IU's strong backcourt, and Bryson Scott's disappearing act. 1.     Purdue currently sits with a host of other teams at 4-3 in the B1G, and is 12-8 on the season. How are you and other Purdue fans feeling about this Boilers season thus far? T-Mill: It feels like one of missed opportunities, mostly because the...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 26, 2015

Recruiting Roundup: Future Hoosiers will suit up together in the Derby Classic

We look in on a few IU prospects as some big-time targets have big-time games, and get an update on where the Hoosiers stand with a top guard from the 2016 class. News, notes, and any other random thoughts that deal with Hoosier recruits. Both 2015 IU signees, O.G. Anunoby and Juwan Morgan, announced that they will be playing in the Derby Classic in Louisville on April 11. Current freshman Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel played in last year's event. O.G. Anunoby led all scorers as Jefferson City outlasted Helias in a double-OT thriller by a score of 62-56. O.G.'s performance of 17...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 25, 2015

What Did We Learn: Ohio State

Indiana loses on the road to Ohio State by a score of 82 - 70 but DID WE LEARN ANYTHING?! The Hoosiers suffered only their second loss in conference play this afternoon in Columbus. ONTO THE LEARNINGS. Despite their successes, this is still a flawed basketball team. Indiana does a lot of things very, very well but their inability to defend consistently makes their margin of error very, very thin. Combine their defensive inability with a team that is very good at scoring the basketball like they saw today, along with the always dangerous road environments of the Big Ten and victory...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 24, 2015

Game Preview: Ohio State

Just two short weeks since defeating the Buckeyes in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers head out to Columbus for another showdown with Ohio State. GAME INFO: Who? Ohio State Buckeyes (13-3, #16 KenPom)  v. Indiana Hoosiers (11-4, #56 KenPom) When? 1:30 PM, CBS Vegas? TBA Pomeroy? OHIO STATE by 7, 26% chance of Indiana victory _______________________________________ These guys again? It hasn't been very long at all since the Buckeyes came to Assembly Hall and Indiana really started to turn some heads to their résumé by dispatching of the visitors 69-66. At the time, the Buckeyes were 22nd in...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 23, 2015

Indiana basketball is overachieving, and it's time to enjoy it

Tom Crean has a fast-playing, sharp-shooting team on his hands that's become one of the nation's best to watch. And Indiana fans should embrace that. Tom Crean ought to be petitioning the Big Ten today: let's play every home game at 9pm on a Thursday. Loud. Buzzing. Boozy. Last night, there was kinetic energy in the outdated gym on 17th not seen since Christian Watford pronounced the Hoosiers "BACK" with a kick-out, buzzer-beating three in 2011. A full balcony, corner to corner. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Assembly Hall reminded the nation why it is truly one of the nation's...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 23, 2015

Big Time B1G Weekend Preview

With Indiana sitting tied atop the conference, this weekend just got extremely interesting. Sitting on top of the world (or at least the conference) once again. Feels good, doesn't it, Hoosiers? Around the conference, things are started to work themselves out, and while everyone is currently hanging out at .500 or better overall (looking at you, Rutgers), there's quite a logjam developing at the top half. Fully half of the conference is within a game and a half of the lead, so picking up unexpected wins is going to be huge going forward. This week, all three of the games previewed here have...
The Crimson Quarry Jan 22, 2015

Three Things We Learned: Indiana 89, Maryland 70

EVERYTHING IS AMAZING RIGHT NOW What did we learn from a dominating 89-70 victory over Maryland tonight? 1. When the Assembly Hall crowd is on its game, they bring it. "9 pm Thursday night game" is pretty much an ideal start time for a college basketball home game in my opinion. It gives the fans plenty of time to have dinner, meet up with their friends or family, and make the drive in if they're coming from out of town to Bloomington. And the Assembly Hall crowd was at its best and loudest that it's been all season tonight. The Kyles were in the house, so they probably have a better...

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