tBBC B1G Basketball Roundtable – Part One

Written September 25th, 2012 by WVaBuckeye

With basketball season rapidly approaching and a lot of information to digest from around the conference, I thought it was high time we here from bloggers representing them. We kick off a series in roundtables with our first five  today and we are doing our very best to round up the rest of the B1G for you! We hope you enjoy the feature and give us plenty of feedback!

The B stands for Biggest and the Best Conference

We’re doing our best attempt at giving everyone a good picture of each team with a variety of questions. I want to take this opportunity to thank our first four panelist; Covering Purdue and a great video guy that you can catch here exclusively to tBBC at times, WCBI TV’s own Robby Donoho and his latest video ; covering Spartan Nation is one of the best in that state up north in Hondo Carpenter; taking care of the Hoosiers for us from Crimson Quarry is John M. featured blogger for them and very well respected in the state just west of us; getting us straight with Bucky Badger will be Andy  from Mad Town Badgers a great blog for Wisconsin; and finally but certainly not least, my old writing partner here at tBBC and current Buckeye Empire member Joe Dexter.

Who are your team’s key returning players?

Hondo S. Carpenter Sr.. Spartan Nation. Keith Appling (G) is a key player back for the Spartans.  He is Tom Izzo’s “guy” on this team and with that comes a lot of minutes.  Not a natural point, that is the only spot he could play at the next level and Izzo is committed to him playing there.

Adreian Payne (C) is a native of Ohio and if you are a Buckeye fan, you would think he is all world.  Against the Buckeyes he lives up to the hype he had coming out of high school.  Against every other team, he is a key role player.

Derrick Nix (C) is the best of the MSU big men.  Not as athletic as Payne, he can bang with anyone and take the ball and the game to the rim.

Branden Dawson (F/G) is listed by MSU as a G, but he is a SF.  He is the real deal.  Arguably, Dawson is the best player on the team.  He suffered a late season injury, but he will for sure be 100% by conference play.  They say before that, but MSU in my opinion has a history of rushing players back too fast.  He is too valuable with too much basketball ahead of him to rush it.  He is a complete player. Read More

B1G Basketball Preview: Indiana

Written October 17th, 2011 by Joe Dexter

College basketball hasn’t been friendly to Indiana Hoosier fans over the last few seasons. When it comes to hoops in Bloomington, there is no room for head coaches to breathe.

So when Tom Crean takes to the bench for the 4th year as the head Hoosier man, Indiana fans might be hoping that the Michigan native is on a short leash.

But with the top recruit of 2011 now on campus, and a very impressive 2012 class on it’s way, it looks like Crean is here to stay– for better or worse.

This afternoon we continue our preparation for the upcoming B1G season by previewing the one of the nations most beloved basketball schools. Ladies and Gentleman, The Indiana Hoosiers.

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Pregame glance: A second helping of Crimson & Crean

Written February 25th, 2011 by Jay

David Lighty sent some Hoosiers Ca-reaning on this drive. (Get it? Ca-reaning? Tom Ca-rean? Tom Crean? No?)

Anyone enjoying this basketball season?  Yes?  Well good news!  There’s another game this Sunday!

Just three games remain on Ohio State’s 2010-11 regular season schedule.  The first of those will occur this weekend when Indiana comes to town, seeking to pay back the Buckeyes for the 85-67 thumping that the Scarlet & Gray laid on them back on New Year’s Eve.  It seems like a long time ago now, and indeed it has been a bit of a long season for the Hoosiers.  Their prior loss to Ohio State came in the middle of a six-game losing streak, and a Buckeye victory on Sunday would result in another winless stretch of six straight games.  The only Big Ten wins on the season for Indiana have come against Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota, and all were at home in Bloomington.

The win over Illinois led to one of the more memorable scenes in college basketball this season, as the students rushed the court in Assembly Hall and coach Tom Crean celebrated in the hall…where people were assembled, naturally…a short time later (you have to wait until about 1:00 before he is actually visible):

 

While it would be easy (and sure, kinda fun) to point and laugh, this was probably a nice scene for the Indiana faithful, and certainly Crean is building a good relationship with the fans that will be important to carry the program through the difficult years like this one into the more successful years that seem sure to come before long.  One perspective on the program under Crean is that it is geared toward attracting top-level talent rather than mid-level talent, and while an immediate reaction may be that any program is trying to attract top-level talent, the point is that Crean’s approach is to implement a system that truly relies on getting certain players rather than staying competitive year after year with “interchangeable parts.”  With that in mind, and considering the way Thad has developed our team over his time here, it will be interesting to see how Indiana progresses over the next few years. Read More