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The Assembly Call is a podcast dedicated to Indiana Hoosiers basketball … all the time. Now in its third year, the show goes live immediately following every Indiana basketball game and features expert analysis from a team of respected sportswriters: longtime IU fans and graduates Jerod Morris, Andy Bottoms, and Ryan Phillips.

The Assembly Call is a podcast dedicated to Indiana Hoosiers basketball … all the time. Now in its third year, the show goes live immediately following every Indiana basketball game and features expert analysis from a team of respected sportswriters: longtime IU fans and graduates Jerod Morris, Andy Bottoms, and Ryan Phillips.
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The Assembly Call is a podcast dedicated to Indiana Hoosiers basketball … all the time. Now in its third year, the show goes live immediately following every Indiana basketball game and features expert analysis from a team of respected sportswriters: longtime IU fans and graduates Jerod Morris, Andy Bottoms, and Ryan Phillips.

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[405] Analyzing IU's Fading APR (Plus: Andy's Bill Mallory Tribute)

5/24/2018
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This week on Assembly Call Radio, we discuss a rather disappointing and potentially devastating story that broke this week regarding Indiana's fading APR. How did it get so bad, and what needs to happen for Indiana to avoid harsh penalties (like missing the postseason) moving forward. We also touch on Romeo Langford's number, get the perspective from a coach on what this offseason will be like for Archie, and we hijack a question from Mind Your Banners to name our Starting 5s taking one...

Duration:00:54:51

[404] Is Devonte Green Primed For a (Gulp) Breakout?

5/17/2018
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This week, we begin our offseason player-by-player breakdown series. First player up: Devonte Green. Indiana has been searching for stability at point guard ever since Yogi Ferrell graduated. Devonte has shown he has the talent to be a solid -- at times even spectacular -- Big Ten guard. But will he ever become consistent enough to be someone who Archie Miller can count on? As always with Devonte, there are reasons to be optimistic and excited ... and reasons to be skeptical. We break all...

Duration:00:56:45

[403] The Biggest Strength and Weakness for Jerome, Rob, Damezi, Jake, and Race

5/10/2018
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This week, we dedicate some time to the incoming freshmen NOT named Romeo Langford -- a group that we were all very excited about even before Romeo's commitment vaulted Indiana's incoming recruiting class into the top 10. We go player by player -- Jerome Hunter, Damezi Anderson, Robert Phinisee, Jake Forrester, and Race Thompson too -- assessing each guy's biggest strength and biggest weakness as they head into their freshmen seasons. In other words: what will be the biggest factor in that...

Duration:00:55:17

[402] Romeo, Evan Fitzner, and Fun With Lineup Combinations

5/3/2018
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Finally, Indiana's roster for the 2018-19 season is starting to take on its final shape. We're still awaiting word from Juwan Morgan on whether he'll be back or not, but the recent commitments of Romeo Langford and grad transfer Evan Fitzner solidifies 13 of the 14 roster spots (taking into account McBob's walk-on spot) for the upcoming season. In this edition of Assembly Call Radio, we assess how the new guys fit, reflect a little more on the impact of Romeo's decision, have some fun...

Duration:00:56:00

[401] Special Edition: Romeo Langford Post-Announcement Show

4/30/2018
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What a night for Romeo Langford. What a night for the city of New Albany. What a night for Archie Miller, the Indiana Hoosiers, and IU basketball fans everywhere. Romeo Langford's epic recruitment finally came to an end on Monday night, with Langford announcing that he will be playing his (presumed) one year of college basketball at Indiana University. We assembled a panel discussion of our entire team, plus a special guest, to break down the decision and what it means for the present and...

Duration:01:19:27

[400] The 10 Most Meaningful Moments From the 2017-18 Season

4/26/2018
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Next week will be all about Romeo (we hope), so we decided to use this week's show to take a look back and reflect on the most meaningful moments from the 2017-18 season. Admittedly, there weren't as many meaningful and memorable moments (at least positive ones) to choose from this season as we'd all like, but there were still plenty worth reflecting on. You know RoJo's nine 3-pointers will make the list. As will Zach McRoberts' offensive rebound and then pass to Juwan Morgan for the...

Duration:00:54:26

[399] Locker Room Talk and IU Recruiting Roundup

4/19/2018
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This week on Assembly Call Radio, we kick things off by acknowledging the importance of the recent gift the IU men's basketball team received from the Roberts family -- which will result in much-needed renovations to the locker room area in Simon-Skjodt Assembly Hall. Then we talk about ... what else? Romeo. Zach McCrite, who lives in New Albany, and who called several of Romeo's games this season, is on hand to discuss what he's hearing from people close to the situation. (Spoiler alert:...

Duration:00:55:48

[398] What Would 2018-19 Look Like with Romeo and Juwan?

4/12/2018
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This week on Assembly Call Radio we address the two biggest IU basketball stories of the week: Romeo Langford announcing his decision date and location, and Juwan Morgan announcing his intention to submit his name for the NBA Draft and receive feedback on his status. We address each situation individually (why it feels like the winds are blowing in Indiana's direction for Romeo, and why we still expect Juwan to return for his senior season) and then address them together, because it sure...

Duration:00:53:03

[397] IU Still a Blue Blood ... On the Balance Sheet, At Least

4/5/2018
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On this week's edition of Assembly Call Radio, we begin by honoring the women's basketball team for winning the WNIT. Then Andy and Ryan give their opening statements, and we delve into a potpourri of topics: • Our lingering thoughts on what IU fans can take from the Final Four and apply to our program • The comment Jalen Brunson made after the title game that got Jerod thinking about an important element of the program that Archie Miller and his staff need to keep nurturing ... and what...

Duration:00:53:56

[396] 9 Lessons From This Year's Final Four Participants

3/29/2018
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This week on Assembly Call Radio, we break down the Final Four in the only real way we can make it relevant for an Indiana basketball show. And that is: the lessons that Archie Miller and IU fans can take from this year's Final Four participants, as we all look toward a future in which Indiana is actually a threat to make this event again. Among the topics discussed: -- The importance of guard play -- Why experience matters, but only a particular type of experience ... and not without...

Duration:00:57:29

[395] Busting Myths About Archie and the Pack Line Defense

3/21/2018
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On this week's edition of Assembly Call Radio, we are joined by special guest host Galen Clavio from Crimson Cast. He helps us take aim at the unnecessary and irrational fears expressed by some Indiana fans in the immediate wake of Virginia's loss to UMBC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Why were these IU fans feeling panicked? Because IU, like Virginia, plays the pack line defense. So if this could happen to Virginia ... are Archie Miller's Indiana Hoosiers going to be doomed to...

Duration:00:53:55

[392] IU-Rutgers Postgame Show: Another Big Ten Tournament Disappointment

3/2/2018
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On Thursday night, the Hoosiers fell to Rutgers 76-69. Indiana started the game looking like they would run the Scarlet Knights out of Madison Square Garden, but the dominance quickly swung in the other direction. And the result was yet another devastating Big Ten Tournament loss for Indiana. Turnovers and bad shots, among many other things, led to a collapse in the first half that bled into the second half and proved to be impossible to recover from. Among the topics discussed: -- Why...

Duration:01:20:17

[391] IU-Ohio State Postgame Show: Reflections on a Thrilling But Devastating Senior Night Defeat

2/24/2018
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On Friday night, Indiana fell 80-78 to Ohio State on Senior Night as CJ Jackson etched his name forever into the most nightmarish section of IU lore. The day after the game, our crew broke it all down on The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show ... from the sublime home podcast studio of Galen Clavio (host of Crimson Cast), with special guests Galen, Zach McCrite, and The Coach, Brian Tonsoni. Among the topics discussed: -- Why Juwan Morgan's heroics weren't enough ... in part because of his own...

Duration:00:53:00

[390] The 3 Most Important Factors for The Rest of This Season

2/22/2018
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This week's edition of Assembly Call Radio is a little unorthodox. Instead of recording via our YouTube channel in separate locations, like we usually do, we recorded in-person at the studio of CBS Sports 1430 in Indianapolis. We're back home again in Indiana for the IU-Ohio State game on Friday -- so if you're in town, come see us at Nick's before the game, at the arena, or at The Tap afterwards. Andy couldn't make it for this week's show, but Kent Sterling filled in. We discussed the...

Duration:00:53:00

[388] IU-Iowa Postgame Show: Robert Johnson Delivers the Best Performance of His Career

2/17/2018
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On Saturday afternoon, Indiana overcame a red hot shooting start from Iowa en route to an 84-82 win. Robert Johnson stole the show and put his name in the Indiana record books for his three-point shooting, Devonte Green continued to look comfortable and, perhaps most importantly, Indiana found a way to win despite an underwhelming performance from Juwan Morgan. Among the topics discussed: -- Why this was the best performance of Robert Johnson’s career, for the shooting (obviously) but also...

Duration:01:09:45

[387] Projecting the Futures of Justin Smith and Al Durham

2/15/2018
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On this week's edition of Assembly Call Radio, we discuss: --An in-depth examination of the potential of Justin Smith and Al Durham, how their careers project moving, and what recent Indiana players are the best comps for each. --Some Big Ten Tournament talk … because some folks are starting to get optimistic about Indiana’s chances, so we figured we should indulge it while we can. --Then we end with a smattering of additional questions, including one about how much Indiana’s on-court...

Duration:00:53:55

[386] IU-Illinois Postgame Show: Juwan Morgan Leads Another Strong Defensive Effort

2/15/2018
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On Valentine's Day evening, Indiana outlasted Illinois 78-68, exacting revenge for the Illini's victory in Champaign. After the game, our crew broke it all down on The Assembly Call IU Postgame Show. Among the topics discussed: -- Why Juwan Morgan delivered the play of the game on defense, and may have delivered an overall performance that was unique in Indiana history. -- The encouraging performances of freshmen Justin Smith and Al Durham, who each showed increased confidence and an...

Duration:01:05:55

[385] IU-Minnesota Postgame Show: Devonte Green's Rapid Ascent Continues

2/9/2018
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On Friday evening, Indiana handled Minnesota at home for its second straight impressive victory. Devonte Green stepped up again, Freddie McSwain played hard and Robert Johnson finally looked comfortable in the win. Among the topics discussed: — Yet another strong performance from Devonte Green, who was Indiana’s best player while the game was still competitive in the first half. — The continued strong play of Freddie McSwain and Zach McRoberts, who have turned the once-mocked “McLineup”...

Duration:01:05:14

[384] What's At Stake Down the Stretch (Plus: Did You Realize?)

2/8/2018
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On this week's edition of Assembly Call Radio, we discuss: -- The moment in the Rutgers game that was a microcosm of Devonte Green's recent growth. -- The Michigan Grad Transfer Rule for Big Ten Champions (and whether or not Indiana's expected push to add a grad transfer this offseason will be made or less challenging due to complexities of Archie Miller's defensive system). -- What's at stake down the stretch? We assess what Indiana could reasonably achieve in its final five games, where...

Duration:00:53:56

[383] IU-Rutgers Postgame Show: Hoosiers Ace Final One-Day Turnaround Test

2/5/2018
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On Monday evening, Indiana handled Rutgers in what was a delightfully hot start for Indiana from the field. Despite a couple of cold stretches, the Hoosiers were able to rely on their defense to maintain a healthy lead. Among the topics discussed: -- How Indiana showed it learned important lessons from the mistakes that led to recent road losses at Illinois and Ohio State -- Another solid game from Devonte Green, who earned his first start in a while and rewarded his coach’s faith -- The...

Duration:01:07:38

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