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The Crimson Quarry 8 hours ago

TCQ Pickapalooza Returns for Week 10

After a one-week hiatus, football picks are back for this weekend. Do we think that IU can finally beat the Wolverines? This week, we are picking six Big Ten matchups, as well as an SEC matchup with major college football playoff implications, as Auburn and Ole Miss are currently 3rd and 4th in the CFP rankings. Let's get right to it. Michigan (-7) vs. Indiana C4B: Indiana. Yeah, like I'm not gonna take Indiana and the points here. #FullHomersotaOrGetOut Swick: Michigan wins! Brady Hoke saves his job! He gets a 10-year extension! Ben: Indiana. Because losing to us would really be the best...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 30, 2014

Game Preview: Michigan Wolverines

Indiana has a lot of work to do if they want to get back into the CFP discussion. It involves every team from the SEC West disbanding but, most importantly, it means WINNING TODAY ... or Saturday. You get it. GAME INFO: Who? Michigan Wolverines (3-5 (1-3), #60 F/+) v. Indiana Hoosiers (3-4 (0-3), #82 F/+) Where / When? Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan; 3:30 PM TV / Radio? Big Ten Network, IU Radio Network (XM 146, Sirius 201) Tickets? From $65 through Michigan's website, from $25 through StubHub. Vegas? Indiana +7, 53.5 o/u ________________________________ Hahahaha Michigan is not...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 29, 2014

We Are Your Waterloo, Michigan Man

We aren't going to write a HATER'S GUIDE TO MICHIGAN. Because we feel bad for Michigan. This space would normally contain a made-up, falsified, HATER'S GUIDE of half truths about Ann Arbor. The attempts at humor are cheap and the wounds aren't all that cutting. There's some made up junk about the origin of your town, we make fun of your food, and your obvious lack of tourist attractions, because #B1G. We do this because sports are fun. In all likelihood, you derive far too much of your own self-worth from the results of a children's game. I can be included in this group, and in turn, I...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 29, 2014

Crimson Query with Maize N Brew

We asked Drew Hallett of Michigan's excellent SB Nation site Maize N Brew some questions before Saturday's game. In the interview, we discuss Michigan football's tumultuous season, the missteps of Dave Brandon, potential Brady Hoke replacements, and end on a positive note by talking hoops. 1. Let's start with the positives. I know it's been a bad football season in Ann Arbor, but what are the strengths of this year's Michigan squad, and will you be able to take away anything good from this season? So I guess you want to begin with the shorter answers and build our way from there? Works for...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 28, 2014

The Week Nine Opponent Recap

Break's over, folks. Time to get back to the grind. While the Hoosiers enjoyed a week off, many of their opponents were on the field. As always, we begin with the non-con folks: Indiana State had a relatively easy time of it against Southern Illinois, winning 41-26. Mike Perish threw four touchdowns, and the Sycamores' defense forced four Saluki turnovers. Their defense also held Southern Illinois to just 27 yards rushing, while the offense cracked the 500 yard barrier with ease. Indiana State improves to 5-3, and hosts Missouri State this Saturday. Bowling Green was on a bye. They travel...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 27, 2014

Breaking Down KenPom's Preseason Rankings

Ken Pomeroy has released his preseason rankings for the coming college basketball season, and the numbers like the Hoosiers a lot more than most. There's lot of interesting nuggets to digest from Ken Pomeroy's initial rankings, but before we get too deep into them, I have to implore you to purchase full access to his site. It's $20 for the season or the equivalent of bringing your lunch from home for three days instead of eating out. You can access the archives all the way back to 2002 and the numbers are easy enough to understand and give you a far more comprehensive view of college...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 27, 2014

B1G Bowl Projections: ILLINOIS MAGICAL RUN? EDITION

Indiana played it safe and didn't schedule a game for this week. Smart ove. Five more games this week, most of them unwatchable. #B1G To the CARNAGE REPORT: The Illini scored the biggest upset of the B1G weekend, taking out upstart, bowl-eligible Minnesota to spark what could prove to be a very magical run to the Heart of Dallas Bowl. Can they squeeze two wins out of @ OSU, v. Iowa, v. Penn State, @ N'western? The crazy thing is, if you counted two of their losses as wins, they'd already be bowl eligible! Wisconsin treated Maryland like they often treat Indiana. Just try to love...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 26, 2014

Hoosier Hysteria Observations

It's a fool's errand to glean anything important from a glorified practice but LET'S DO IT ANYWAY. Despite coming off a disappointing 17-16 campaign the previous year, 14,000 people turned out to view the latest iteration of the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday night. They didn't disappoint. Yes, it was a glorified practice. Yes, it's an event designed to make you feel good about the season. No, none of it counts when the season starts. Have I covered all the caveats? Many see this as a put-up or shut-up year for the program, and precious few think Indiana has the horses to improve on last...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 25, 2014

Hoosier Hysteria and Bye Week #2 Open Thread

No football game for the Hoosiers today, but Hoosier Hysteria is tonight! Talk amongst yourselves, everyone. Happy Hoosier Hysteria, everyone! If you're looking for a preview, and information about the events, Swick has had you covered. In case you missed them, here are his Hoosier Hysteria posts from throughout the week: Part 1 of the Hoosier Hysteria primer focuses on introductions, the 3-point contests, and how TAILGATING IS ENCOURAGED. Part 2 of the primer goes into the dunk contest and the scrimmage. Sage Steele will be returning as emcee! Thomas Bryant will be attending! So will...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 24, 2014
Thomas Bryant to Attend Hoosier Hysteria

Thomas Bryant to Attend Hoosier Hysteria

247Sports 2015 Composite 5-Star PF Thomas Bryant will be at Hoosier Hysteria. DOES IT MEAN ANYTHING? Thomas Bryant spent last weekend on Indiana's campus. Apparently, he wanted to see a little more. The 6'9.5" big man, long considered to be Syracuse's recruit to lose, is coming back to Hoosier Hysteria per Inside the Hall and others. Class of 2015 Huntington Prep (W.V.) big man Thomas Bryant is expected to attend Hoosier Hysteria, sources tell Inside the Hall. #iubb— Alex Bozich (@insidethehall) October 24, 2014 Before we get too excited, it's important to remember that recruits rarely...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 24, 2014

THE BIG 2014-15 INDIANA BASKETBALL PREDICTIONS POST

On the eve of Hoosier Hysteria, the staff has made its predictions for the upcoming IU basketball season. Who will surprise? Who will disappoint? What games will we inexplicably win or lose? And will Tom Crean keep his job? Find out what we're thinking here. Note: no football picks this week since Indiana is on bye. Sorry if you were really hoping to hear who would win the enticing Illinois-Minnesota matchup. The wait is almost over. Indiana's men's basketball team played its last meaningful game almost eight months ago. Since then, a lot has happened. We didn't play in the CBI, Tom Crean...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 23, 2014

Hoosier Hysteria Primer (Part Two)

It's time to talk dunk contest. And scrimmage. But mostly the dunking part. Editor's note: shortly after we published part one of this primer, we got some truly rotten news regarding the women's basketball team, as Kaila Hulls and Nicole Bell have been forced to end their playing careers at Indiana prematurely due to injuries. All of the luck to them in their recovery and future. So, yesterday, we discussed the importance of Tom Crean's introduction and handicapped the three-point shootout. The ladies' team has been kind enough to reveal their participants in the contest, going as far as...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 23, 2014

Indiana Soccer: The Real Gem of IU

Many people know it, but the team still sits at the back of a lot of student and alumni minds. Indiana Soccer beat #1 Notre Dame last night 1-0 and will likely be flirting with a top 5 ranking and national championship aspiration once again. It really isn't fair. The team doesn't bring in a lot of revenue and their presence isn't huge on campus, but the IU Men's soccer team should get more love. With Devin's help in the past and then Ben picking up the reins, we've covered the soccer team sporadically throughout the years here, but they've never been a huge focus. Despite living just...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 23, 2014

Kevin Wilson and the Coaching Class of 2011, Revisited

How does Indiana's football coach compare to his peers who started at the same time as him? Let's find out, and let's take a look at another school whose patience with its football program has paid off. As the Hoosiers struggle through the midst of what could be another disappointing football season, the pressure has continued to mount on IU head coach Kevin Wilson in his fourth season on the job. With starting QB Nate Sudfeld out for the season, the prospects of getting to a bowl game are looking slim for the Hoosiers once again. While Wilson hasn't had the same level of success as some of...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 22, 2014

Hoosier Hysteria Primer (Part One)

Attending Hoosier Hysteria? You'll want need to read this. Editor's Note: Some may have noticed already, but I've switched to my real name from the KickSewly pseudonym. Coinciding with me becoming EL JEFE 'round here and being proud of what this blog has done / continues to do, I want my (real) name on it. Let's boogy. Each year, Indiana University hosts "Hoosier Hysteria," their take on college basketball's "midnight madness" events that mark the beginning of basketball season (literally at midnight the day the NCAA allows practices to begin) at universities across the country. In recent...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 22, 2014

Cream and Crimson Conspiracies: The Scholarship Oversign

Indiana is in the oversign by two already for 2015 and are likely to add more players. What are the chances this is all a part of the plan? It's been covered, discussed, covered and discussed again over the Tom Crean tenure. The Hoosiers are almost constantly oversigned in their scholarships for the coming basketball season. Even as we sit here today, the Hoosiers are oversigned by two for 2015 and are still out there shopping for what seems like every position. Meaning you should not be shocked if the Hoosiers end up with at least a 2015 class of three players. And I wouldn't be shocked...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 22, 2014
THE HATER'S TRAVEL GUIDE: INDIANA

THE HATER'S TRAVEL GUIDE: INDIANA

Because we have a bye week. And fair is fair. Ed note: Each week, we write a bunch of half-truths about our opponent so as to create our own false sense of superiority to over-compensate for our football playing ability or, rather, lack thereof. This week is a bye week. And, well, fair is fair. We're up. You know the drill: most of this is false and we don't mean these words. Bloomington is awesome. Please don't burn down my house. WELP. Indiana's football season could be going, you know, better. Last week, we toured the lands of East Lansing -- home of Nate Silver and definitely not home...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 21, 2014

The Week Eight Opponent Recap

When will it finally be our year? To get your minds off of how our season has been going, let's go to the non-con. Indiana State pretty much got rolled by undefeated North Dakota State 34-17. The Bison are now riding a 31 game winning streak, dating back to the last time Indiana State beat them in 2012. The Sycamores gave up the first 20 points of the game, and trailed 34-3 before making their comeback. North Dakota State held the ball for more than 40 minutes, and outgained Indiana State by more than 200 yards. The 4-3 Sycamores travel to Southern Illinois this Saturday night. Bowling...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 20, 2014

B1G Bowl Projections: Actual Eligibility Edition

All ten Big Ten teams were in action on Saturday- oh wait there's 14 of these now aren't there? There's no time to waste! To the CARNAGE REPORT: Purdue headed into halftime with an 11 point lead over a Minnesota team that had looked strangely impressive over the balance of the season. For all the jokes we made, the Boilermakers' switch to Austin Appleby has revitalized their offense and they had 31 points through the first 30 minutes. Unfortunately, games are 60 minutes long and they managed only 7 points in the second half while allowing 19. That win gave the Golden Gophers six wins and...
The Crimson Quarry Oct 19, 2014

Michigan State 56, Indiana 17: Not a Model Performance

It was Zander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day at Memorial Stadium yesterday. With five games left in the season, where do Kevin Wilson and the Hoosiers go from here? A week after going to West Lafayette and controlling Purdue most of the day (aside from a fourth quarter scare), Michigan State continued their tour of destruction across the Hoosier State yesterday, with an easy 56-17 win over a shorthanded Indiana Hoosiers squad. At 3-4 on the season and 0-3 in the Big Ten, the Hoosiers are in trouble as they go into their final five-game stretch, and the situation feels...