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PODCAST: IU men's basketball preps for Crossroads Classic showdown with Butler



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Junior guard Johnny Jager hugs senior guard Quentin Taylor after IU takes the lead against University of Louisville on Dec. 8 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. IU defeated Louisville 68-67. Anna Tiplick Buy Photos

For the second time this season, the IU men's basketball team has won three straight games.

IU's last three wins, against Northwestern, Penn State and the University of Louisville, have all come by two points or fewer, giving the Hoosiers an 8-2 record this season.

Next up for IU is another marquee nonconference game against Butler University on Saturday as part of the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Prior to this game, Indiana Daily Student basketball writers Cameron Drummond, Ben Portnoy and Murphy Wheeler were joined in-studio for the entire 45-minute episode by Dustin Dopirak, who covers Butler, IU and Purdue men's college basketball for The Athletic. 




PODCAST SEGMENTS:

0:48 - A big picture look at the Butler Bulldogs

3:10 - The recent resurgence of IU's Justin Smith

9:20 - Evaluating IU's recent close wins

10:35 - Rob Phinisee's stellar freshman season so far

18 10 - Reflecting on Rob Phinisee and Devonte Green as options at point guard

211:45 - What makes Butler's Paul Jorgensen so good?

27:00 - Can IU use any lessons from its win against Marquette against another Big East team in Butler? 

29:30 - Where do Butler and head coach LaVall Jordan fit within the college basketball landscape? 

37:40 - What does Saturday's game mean for both teams?

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