Episode 9 of the Five Banner Banter podcast — the final podcast of the year — features a special collaboration with the Payoff Podcast. The beats break down the transfer portal progress for both teams, talk about wings and predict the NBA Finals.
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Evan, Bradley and guest Will Foley of the Payoff Pod look back at Indiana bowing out of the NCAA Tournament in the second round. Then, the three break down Indiana's transfer portal shopping list — including those who are leaving and one who's already coming. Plus, Evan breaks down Albany.
When did you realize Indiana men’s basketball wouldn’t live up to the hype?
An ugly breakup. The first 10 minutes of Disney and Pixar’s “Up.” Close-up shots of a golden doodle with impossibly big eyes in a Humane Society public service announcement. We can keep rattling them off if you want, but when it comes to exercises in heartbreak, the NCAA Tournament takes the cake.
There’s something indescribably beautiful about a first-round upset in the NCAA Tournament. Together, we fall in love with the plucky mid-major who, against all odds, rises up and topples Goliath. The flutter of hope, the rush of joy, the enduring belief that anything is possible if you simply — wait, never mind, they got absolutely clobbered.
Emma, Bradley and Evan look ahead to the Big Ten Tournament, previewing Indiana's potential matchups and all six teams on IU's half of the bracket. Plus, looking back on the week that was (briefly, because who wants to remember that Iowa game). The beat also predicts the outcome of the Big Ten Tournament and how their trip to Evan's hometown will go.
CHICAGO — During the halftime show at the United Center on Saturday afternoon, 64-year-old acrobat Gary Borstelmann — stage name the Amazing Sladek, America’s oldest daredevil — stood roughly 25 feet above center court, five wooden chairs and a table stacked on top of each other beneath him. As Finnish DJ Darude’s 1999 cult EDM hit “Sandstorm” blared throughout the massive arena, Sladek took a sixth chair, perched it upside down on the edge of the chair beneath it and lifted himself into a perfect handstand.
CHICAGO — Ah, college basketball. The poise. The elegance. The understated beauty of human bodies in peak physical condition working together in near-perfect synchronicity.
Time. The unrelenting, unfeeling constant. In our hubris we spend all our lives desperately trying to outsmart it, dominate it, bend it to our whims, only for it to inevitably eradicate everything that we’ve come to know and love.
If you merely checked the final score of No. 15 Indiana men’s basketball’s 90-68 loss to Iowa on Tuesday night, you might be left wondering what on Earth happened. While I’ll do my best to fill you in throughout the next 600 words, Indiana head coach Mike Woodson could probably do it in eight.
Emma, Bradley and Evan look back on a week of road games with very different results, including Indiana's sweep of Purdue behind Jalen Hood-Schifino's big performance. Also, a look ahead at a slightly softer home schedule this week, featuring a rematch with Iowa and another shot at Michigan. Plus, one sentence and one thought on the seniors and their IU legacies.
Three weeks ago, after then-No. 21 Indiana men’s basketball defeated then-No. 1 Purdue 79-74 in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, I argued that there is no better feeling as a fan than watching your team beat its rival.
Who’s ready for another fun, wacky, tongue-in-cheek Indiana men’s basketball column?
Bradley, Evan and guest Matt Sebree — filling in for Emma this week — talk about why Miller Kopp is so important to Indiana's success, and which guard is likely to have the next big game (hint: it's been a while since his last game at all). Plus, the beat reporters share their thoughts on the tragic shooting at Michigan State ahead of the Spartans' return home to face the Hoosiers.
So. How’s everyone’s blood pressure doing?
In John Lennon’s 1971 song “Imagine,” the legendary Beatles frontman implores the listener to envision a world completely united with no war, geopolitical divides, greed or hunger. Lennon’s aim was to describe a future that seemed impossible at first blush, yet felt just within reach of those who dare to dream with their whole hearts.
Emma, Bradley and Evan break down Indiana's upcoming week against Northwestern and Illinois, and discuss whether anyone can slow down Trayce Jackson-Davis. Before that, the beat looks back on what's different this year that IU can win close games against Rutgers and Michigan. Plus, the latest update in Evan's bowling league.
In No. 18 Indiana men’s basketball’s dramatic 62-61 road win over Michigan on Saturday night, star senior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis and standout freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino combined for 49 points. That’s nearly 80% of the Hoosiers’ total offensive output. You absolutely, unequivocally cannot tell the story of this game and not make Jackson-Davis and Hood-Schifino the main characters.
Years from now, Indiana men’s basketball fans will fondly remember the first week of February 2023 as the week the Hoosiers conquered their most hated rival.
Emma, Bradley and Evan break down Indiana men's basketball's victory over Purdue — TJD vs Edey, Hood-Schifino and storming the court. Also: a quick summary of the loss to Maryland. We then spend time talking about Indiana's biggest rival: Rutgers. Plus, we talk about which player has it out for one of the reporters to end the episode.