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The Assembly Call IU Basketball Podcast and Postgame Show

Author: Jerod Morris

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Following your Hoosiers is always more fun with friends.

Come hang out with us after every Indiana basketball game, and every Thursday night, as our team of hosts (Jerod Morris, Andy Bottoms, Ryan Phillips, and "The Coach" Brian Tonsoni -- all alums) dissect every angle of IU basketball.

Whether you're one of the hundreds of thousands of IU fans scattered across the world looking for fellow IU fans to connect with, or you live in Bloomington and attend every home game, this is the podcast that will keep you up-to-date on your Hoosiers and provide you with in-depth analysis to help you understand the on-court action at a deeper level and make you a smarter IU fan.

NEW FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON: Every Monday-Thursday we are posting a short news update called Banner Morning that keeps you up to date on important IU basketball news and analysis.
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This week on Assembly Call Radio, we react to how the pandemic's impact on fall sports my affect the college basketball season and then dive into our offseason analysis of the Hoosiers' undisputed most important player: Trayce Jackson-Davis.All that and much more, including your questions, on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Andy, Ryan, and Coach
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we turn our attention to the most intriguing player on the IU roster: Jerome Hunter. With Jerome's obvious talent, and Justin Smith's minutes now available, everyone expects a major step forward for Jerome this season. But how big will that step be?Also: Scott Dolson takes over, the Hoosiers arrive on campus, and a bunch of fun listener questions including one about what piece of IU memorabilia would be the centerpiece of an IU-themed basement.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Andy, Coach, and IUArtifacts
On this week's edition of Banner Monday, Mike DeCourcy joins Coach Tonsoni to discuss the Big Ten Network's All-Decade Team. Obviously we have issues with Cody Zeller being left off. Mike addresses that and much more.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we continue our offseason player-by-player preview series with a discussion about Armaan Franklin. He showed flashes of being the kind of 3-and-D wing that Indiana has lacked in recent seasons. Where will he fit in the rotation as a sophomore?All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Coach and Ryan
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we dive into our offseason player preview of Race Thompson. He's dealt with his fair share of injuries, but he's been an impact player when he's been on the court. What will his role be this season? And is he actually injury prone?Plus: recruiting updates, practice updates, and questions about the future of sports media.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Andy, Ryan, and Coach
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we do our offseason player breakdown for Rob Phinisee. His career has been an amalgamation of big shots and tantalizing stretches mixed injury and inconsistency. Is he ready to be a consistent player for IU? And is his presence as the clear 2nd-most important player on this year's team a source of optimism or concern?Plus: • The importance of Trey Galloway's wrist• Who is this 7-footer Indiana is interested in bringing in to redshirt?• What famous IU fans should make more appearances at Assembly Hall?• How will Phinisee and Lander function together?• What will games without fans be like?And what are the two biggest issues that Scott has with one of his favorite movies, Back to the Future?Yes, all that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Jerod, Andy, and Scott (from Crimson Cast)
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we welcome special guest Bill Murphy to share the stories and of Bill Garrett and George Taliaferro -- two legendary IU athletes because of their supreme skill and athletic achievement, but more importantly because of their impact on racial integration at IU, the Big Ten, and college sports nationwide.Plus, a reflection on how the current Hoosiers are handing the tumult of the last 10 days, and an update on when voluntary workouts will begin. And we also answer audience questions.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Andy, Ryan, Coach, and special guest Bill Murphy
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we have our regularly scheduled offseason episode about Justin Smith ... just in a much different context than we were anticipating last week. How will Justin's departure impact Indiana on the court next season? We dissect it from several angles.Plus:• Two Hoosiers were on a 2021 NBA Draft Big Board• What impact is the cancellation of the summer recruiting calendar going to have?• Indiana announced its academic calendar for the upcoming school year.• What pie-in-the-sky nonconference game would we like to see Indiana get on its schedule?• Will Archie have to coach effort this year?• How is Indiana likely to use its two open scholarships, if at all?And stick around until the end, because we stumble upon a theretofore unmentioned element of Indiana's team that stands to get significantly better based on how the roster is now constructed.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Jerod, Ryan, and Coach
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we begin our offseason player deep dives by discussing Al Durham. He's clearly overachieved based on his recruiting pedigree. Is he now ready for a leading role on a deep IU team as a senior? Plus: what Indiana's improving APR means; the impact of Khristian Lander officially reclassifying on Indiana's outlook for next season; what the recent positive trends in terms of getting sports going again mean for college hoops; some Al Durham over-unders; and a look at Archie's coaching history and whether he's ever had a player quite like Lander.And then, for the YouTubers, our latest ChatMob induction ... the man they call Hooparazzi.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Jerod, Andy, and Coach
On this week's edition of Banner Monday, Jerod Morris talks to Mike DeCourcy about what he expects from Khristian Lander as a freshman, the latest on how college sports are adjusting to the pandemic, and whether it really should have been the "last dance" for the Bulls after all.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we discuss some pertinent NCAA news from the past week, and then take an in-depth swing around the Big Ten to see how Indiana stacks up with the rest of the conference.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Andy, Ryan, and Coach ... plus a special appearance from Jerod late.
On this week's edition of Banner Monday, Brian Tonsoni talks to Mike DeCourcy about the best scheduling strategies, what it takes to win on the road in the Big Ten, the best venues in college hoops, and much more.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we address the biggest question mark of all -- when will any games be played again? -- and then dive into the most high-leverage question marks on Indiana's roster heading into next season.Plus:• Jerod's Banner Moment delivers some powerful data to back up the belief of many fans that Archie Miller has really turned around Indiana's recruiting.• Ryan delivers a well-deserved congratulations to a former IU player.• Wait -- who was that doing the intro to Segment 2? And what did he say about Ryan?• What lineup are we most looking forward to seeing play together next season?• What grade do we give Archie for player development? How about coach development?• Did we underestimate Al Durham in Segment 2?• Coach's brilliant idea for a new podcast series ... and way to get free beer from Assembly Call listeners.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Jerod, Ryan, and Coach
On this week's edition of Banner Monday, Mike DeCourcy joins Brian Tonsoni to discuss transfers, the NCAA's plan for name-image-likeness, and what's going to happen to Louisville. Plus other IU-specific topics.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, it's a podcast takeover! Galen and Scott from CrimsonCast are on the mics, and they react to the news that Trayce Jackson-Davis will officially be back in Bloomington next season.Plus answers to mailbag questions, and then a long AC After Dark in which we discuss our new podcast partnership, break down what we think about the NCAA's recent announcement regarding potential changes to name-image-likeness rules, and some real talk about how the pandemic response is affecting IU and the people who depend on college towns for their livelihoods.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Galen and Scott (plus some production help from Jerod)
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we discuss the big news of the week: Damezi Anderson is transferring. What does this mean for the upcoming season? What does it mean for Damezi? What will it mean for recruiting? We break down every angle.Plus discussion of some other big college basketball stories and answers to your questions.On the mics: Andy, Coach, and Chad
On this week's edition of Banner Monday, Andy Bottoms grabs the host mic and chats with Mike DeCourcy about which Big Ten players who have declared for the NBA Draft are most likely to return and what the impact will be of the NCAA's one-time adjustment to eligibility standards for incoming freshmen. Plus, reaction to The Last Dance, discussion about what Jalen Green's decision means for college basketball, and some bracketology talk.
This week on Assembly Call Radio, we discuss the defining moments of the 2019-20 season for each of Indiana's regular starters and the coach.Plus, we highlight the importance of Indiana landing another Mr. Basketball, the impact of 5-star players going directly to the G-League, our way-too-early Big Ten tiers, and another ChatMob induction for the guy they call Moose.All that and much more on this edition of The Assembly Call.On the mics: Jerod, Ryan, and Andy ... plus Moose (and a special guest appearance by Coach)***Remember to use the promo code ASSEMBLY20 at homefieldapparel.com to get 20% off your order of the most unique and comfortable IU apparel that you will find anywhere.
On Sunday night, we rewatched Indiana's 74-73 victory over Syracuse in the 1987 National Championship game. Keith Smart took over down the stretch, culminating in the biggest shot in IU basketball history. But this was a total team effort in which Daryl Thomas, Dean Garrett, Joe Hillman, and, of course, Steve Alford all made massive contributions. After the rewatch, our crew broke it all down on The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show.On the mics: Jerod, Coach, and GalenAmong the topics discussed:— Why Daryl Thomas deserves nearly as much credit as Keith Smart for the final shot.— How Indiana was able to win despite Steve Alford not attempting a jump shot over the final 10 minutes of the game.— The importance of Dean Garrett's defense after Syracuse's 15-3 run in the second half.— The contrast between the first 30 minutes for Keith Smart, and the final ten after he sat on the bench.— Why Joe Hillman made such a big difference in the second half, and the brilliance of Bob Knight to hold him back in the first half.— What this game continues to mean in the larger context of Indiana basketball.We also point out a few meaningful moments you may have missed, go inside the numbers, hand out our game balls, and discussed what aged the best and worst from this game. All of that, and so much more, on this edition of The Assembly Call.
On Friday night, we rewatched Indiana beating North Carolina 63-50 in the 1981 National Championship Game -- a game that almost wasn't played because of the shooting of Ronald Reagan. Isiah Thomas led the way with 23 points and 5 assists, while Randy Wittman added 17 of his own, as Indiana completed its 5-game NCAA Tournament run winning by an average of 20+ points per game. After the rewatch, our crew broke it all down on The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show.On the mics: Andy, Chris Williams from IU Artifacts, and Scott Caulfield from Crimson Cast
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