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The Crimson Quarry 20 hours ago

NICE NO / MEAN NO: Steve Alford

NOPE GET OUT NO THANKS NO SIR ABSOLUTELY NOT After Indiana's inexcusable loss to Eastern Washington, Indiana University fans broke out the ol' "how to deal with a bad loss" playbook and called for the immediate firing / resignation / citizen's arrest of Tom Crean. Which is fine, whatever. Y'all can do that. Indiana fans are an impatient and passionate bunch. It's kind of endearing, but also terrifying, and also hilarious. HOWEVER, Last night took a darker turn then usual. Outside of the typical "get rid of Crean and replace him with the 1980s version of Bob Knight that is likely being kept...
The Crimson Quarry 21 hours ago

Top Recruiting Target's Mom is not a fan of Indiana

Thomas Bryant, a 2015 big man out of New York, is reportedly down to Syracuse and IU. But it might not be that close. In an interview with Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com, the mother of top 2015 target Thomas Bryant updated his recruitment with some very choice words about the IU program. While it has been no secret that Linda Bryant is openly lobbying her son to stay close to home at Syracuse for his college choice, she opened up about both of the Bryants' reservations about Indiana, the only other school she says her son is seriously considering. "Really it's down to two," Linda Bryant...
The Crimson Quarry 23 hours ago

Crimson Query with Hammer and Rails: The Bucket Edition

Travis Miller, managing editor of Purdue SB Nation blog Hammer and Rails, joins us for the final Q&A of football season. He discusses the rebuilding Boiler football team, the state of Purdue athletics, the IU-Purdue rivalry, and the basketball team's chances this season. 1. Purdue is in its second year with head coach Darrell Hazell. Although the team is 3-8 this season, there have been signs of progress and the team has hung with a few quality opponents. How do Purdue fans feel about the state of the program going forward with Hazell? Travis: There are many who are still divided, and...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 25, 2014

The Week Thirteen Opponent Recap

What's left to be said? Beginning as always with the non-con opponents. Indiana State trailed from the start on their way to losing 34-20 to Western Illinois. Sycamores QB Mike Perish was intercepted 4 times, and the Sycamore running game never really got going, only netting 27 yards on the ground. Even taking away Perish's net loss, Indiana State failed to break 50 yards when rushing the ball. The 7-5 Sycamores look to avenge this upset Saturday as they travel to Eastern Kentucky. Bowling Green got upended by Toledo 27-20 last Wednesday. Toledo's Kareem Hunt ran for 265 of the Rockets' 325...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 24, 2014

Three Things We Learned: Eastern Washington

WELP WELP WELP WELP WELP Well that certainly something and I'm furious. I had to rewrite this multiple times, as the first draft just said "THIS TEAM IS BAD" three times. That's not necessarily false, but it's also not really helpful. ONTO THE LEARNINGS. This team is fundamentally flawed in a way that cannot be overcome in practice. They are not big enough. They are not physical enough. They are not tough enough. These are not trends that get reversed during the course of the season. At least not typically. When the game came down to the wire, Eastern Washington bullied their way to the...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 24, 2014

Gameday Thread: Indiana vs. Eastern Washington

Hoosiers face a different sort of test in game number 5 against Eastern Washington The Hoosiers face off with a different sort of challenge than previous games with Eastern Washington coming to town. Through 4 games we've seen slashers and strong post games, but tonight is the first night we'll see a team that has 3+ guys on the court at any given time that can hit the three ball. Today will go a long way to telling us what sort of team this Indiana squad can be defensively. The Hoosiers can't leave guys open on the perimeter or we'll be in a hole very very quickly. If IU can lock down the...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 24, 2014

Hoosiers Get AP and Coaches Poll Votes

After a year almost completely out of the voting public's mind, the Hoosiers are now at least on their way back into both coach and media top 25s. I don't recall if it ever happened last year, but if it did it didn't last beyond the first week of the season. So after a year of sitting outside of the AP and Coaches' polls top 25 votes, the Hoosiers are at least back within striking distance of finding themselves back in the rankings. Indiana received 5 points in the coaches poll and 6 points in the AP Poll. That's not a lot but it is a start. I haven't looked at the individual polls to see...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 24, 2014

Game Preview: Eastern Washington Eagles

Not quite a cupcake, not yet a quality win; the Eastern Washington Eagles are here to chew bubblegum and shoot threes. AND THEY'RE ALL OUT OF BUBBLEGUM. GAME INFO: Who? Eastern Washington Eagles (3-1, #151 KenPom) at Indiana Hoosiers (4-0, #35 KenPom) When? 7:30 PM, ESPNews Vegas? INDIANA -12.5 Pomeroy? INDIANA by 12, 88% chance of victory _______________________________________ Not Standard Cupcake Fare Eastern Washington is a projected 20-win team on KenPom and is coming off a nine-point loss at SMU on Saturday. They shoot a lot of threes and make quite a few of them while offering...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 23, 2014

XAVIER AT INDIANA: COLLEGE CUP GAMETHREAD

HOPE YOU ARE FIT TO WATCH THE MATCH ON THE PITCH. LET'S DO SOME SOCCER ON SUNDAY. XAVIER AT INDIANA What: NCAA College Cup, 2nd Round Where: Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium When: 1PM Where to Watch: Live on BTN & BTN2GO HOW THEY GOT HERE Xavier, out of the BIG EAST CONFERENCE, is 13-5-2 on the year. They needed overtime to beat Monmouth in the first round of the cup. Indiana, 12-4-5, is the #5 national seed and had a bye in the first round. WHAT'S AT STAKE Well, a trip to the third round, duh. That'd likely be a matchup with #12 national seed Creighton, pending them getting...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 22, 2014

Three Things We Learned: Lamar

LAMAR WAS PRETTY GOOD FOR JUST ONE GUY. WOW. Well that was a lot tighter than it needed to be, as Indiana defeated Lamar 85-72. ONTO THE LEARNINGS: - Defense is a work in progress that might be a season-long issue. Particularly on the interior, Lamar had it about any way they wanted it regardless of who Indiana stationed around the rim. Indiana played far more passively than they did against SMU, but it goes to show that this team simply cannot afford to give anything less than their best effort if they want to hang in games defensively, even against teams like Lamar. Whether it is man, 2-3...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 22, 2014

Ohio State 42, Indiana 27: Three Things

Indiana had Ohio State on the ropes, until Jalin Marshall did a lot of points late. Indiana had Ohio State on the ropes for the better part of four quarters, before a handful of late Jalin Marshall touchdowns. Here's three things we learned. 1. Ohio State has no business anywhere near the College Football Playoff. Not now. Not ever. Indiana had no business being in this game, ever. The F/+ projections had Ohio State favored SIXTY-NINE TO NOTHING. Half of Indiana's quarterbacks have died since spring ball, and paired with the youth at other offensive skill positions, Zander Diamont has...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 22, 2014

Game Preview: Lamar Cardinals

After a big early-season win over a quality opponent, the Hoosiers resume the Cupcake Parade with Pat Knight's old squad, the Lamar Cardinals. GAME INFO: Who? Lamar Cardinals (1-2, #348 KenPom) at Indiana Hoosiers (3-0, #28 KenPom) When? 8:00 PM, Big Ten Network Vegas? INDIANA -29 Pomeroy? INDIANA by 27, 99% chance of victory ________________________________ Quick Turnaround After a hard-fought win on Thursday night, the Hoosiers didn't get a lot of time to celebrate before having to get ready for Lamar. Thankfully, as the 348th ranked team on a list that contains 351 teams total, Indiana...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 21, 2014

Game Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

GAME INFO: Who? Indiana Hoosiers (3-7 (0-6), #88 F/+) v. Ohio State Buckeyes (9-1 (6-0), #3 F/+) Where / When? Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio; Noon, Big Ten Network, IU Radio Network Why? Conference obligations, I guess. Vegas? INDIANA +35, 65 o/u _______________________________________ I dunno I'm feeling oddly confident about this gam- nice http://t.co/uhSUD886Ou pic.twitter.com/HouPEZpVPM— Luke Zimmermann (@lukezim) November 21, 2014 Oh. Let's revisit my preseason pick for this game, back when Nate Sudfeld was healthy and I thought Indiana would win EIGHT GAMES: Even with everyone...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 20, 2014

Three Things We Learned: SMU

Indiana beat a ranked team in Assembly Hall, BUT TELL US SOMETHING WE DON'T KNOW! That's about as good as November games get in Bloomington, with a ranked team coming into Assembly Hall and leaving a loser. ONTO THE LEARNINGS: Hanner Mosquera-Perea is still prone to a no-show. HMP looked good through the first handful of contests against lesser opponents but he was mostly invisible tonight, and when he did do something, it probably wasn't positive. He spent much of the game being too passive around the rim, as if desperately trying to keep himself out of a foul trouble and finished with...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 20, 2014

TCQ MAILBAG 11.20.2014

You have questions, we have "answers." LET'S GET TO IT. Everyone loves to have their questions answered, so we invited Twitter to ask us what was on their minds! @crimsonquarry Question 1 - Can you make the UK love-fest stop? Its making me doubt that there is good in the world.— IU Bonko (@ElBonko) November 19, 2014 / looks around It's just you and me, right? / looks around again / whispers: "The UK love-fest is well-deserved and won't (nor shouldn't) stop any time soon." UK can kick rocks and all that, but that team is stupid good and also gigantic. I'm sure they'll drop a game or...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 20, 2014

Crimson Double Query with Land Grant Holy Land

A special treat this week as two writers from the OSU SB Nation blog Land Grant Holy Land answered our questions. Alexis Chassen and Brad Stoll tell us what we need to know for Saturday's Buckeyes-Hoosiers game. 1. The Buckeyes were left for dead after a week 2 home loss against Virginia Tech (which I actually was in attendance for). However, they currently sit at 9-1 and are back in the top 10. Do you think this team will be in the College Football Playoff come the end of the season? Alexis: I think the stars need to align perfectly for this to happen. They have a better chance after the...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 20, 2014

Men's Soccer Begins NCAA Tournament Play Sunday

The NCAA men's soccer tournament is about to begin, and Indiana is seeded fifth nationally. The Hoosiers have a first-round bye and home field advantage in the next two rounds, before they potentially face off against pesky Maryland for a third time this season. Here's our primer on the tournament to get you ready. The Quest for Nine is officially on. Once again, after a largely successful regular season, the Indiana men's soccer team has reached the NCAA Tournament. They'll be playing their first game on Sunday afternoon at home against the winner of the Xavier/Monmouth game tonight. To...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 19, 2014

Juwan Morgan Signs NLI

Morgan, a Rivals.com 4-star for 2015 is a 6-8, 220 pound forward from Waynesville, a small town in south-central Missouri. He joins OG Anunoby as the second member of the Hoosiers 2015 recruiting class. Waynesville Sr. HS forward Juwan Morgan became the 2nd official member of IU’s 2015 recruiting class today, as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play for the Hoosiers next year. Morgan, a 6’9", 220 lb. junior, enjoyed a strong season last year in which he averaged 19 PPG and 10 RPG. Then, after a fantastic AAU season and being recognized as the Most Improved Player at Nike’s...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 19, 2014

Game Preview: SMU Mustangs

What a sight for tired eyes! A team with a number next to their name is venturing into Assembly Hall in early November! What a wondrous occasion deserving of a celebratory feast. Game Info: Who? SMU Mustangs (1-1, #41 KenPom) at Indiana Hoosiers (2-0, #28 KenPom) When? 8:00 PM, Big Ten Network Vegas? INDIANA -1.5 Pomeroy? INDIANA by 5, 71% chance of victory __________________________ SMU has had a doozy of an offseason. At the end of last year, Southern Methodist saw their lack of tough scheduling be the chief reason they were shut out of the Big Dance despite a 23-9 record and two wins...
The Crimson Quarry Nov 18, 2014

B1G Bowl Projections: OFFICIALLY ELIMINATED EDITION

Well this sucks. Before we delve into the CARNAGE REPORT, I want to take a minute to hammer out a quick eulogy for the 2014 Indiana Hoosiers. This was a season filled with more hope and promise than just about any that I can recall. Even the 2007 season that saw the Hoosiers end a lengthy bowl game hex didn't start out with nearly as much confidence and fanfare as this year. Unfortunately, Nate Sudfeld's shoulder imploded and replacing the likes of Kofi Hughes and Cody Latimer proved to be a much taller task than many of us anticipated. While Zander Diamont's maturation over his handful of...