Every non-conference schedule in mid-major basketball, as its released.If youre anything like me (and youre probably not), you spend countless hours over the summer pouring over non-conference schedules, trying to find the best games from every corner
New Indiana coach Archie Miller will have financial incentive to schedule better than his predecessor did. In his nine-year tenure as Indiana coach, Tom Crean scheduled a remarkable 23 non-league opponents who finished the season with an RPI of 300 or worse. Crean’s successor will have a financial incentive not to continue that practice.
Being a fan of the movie “Hoosiers,” the greatest movie about the greatest game ever invented, I’ve taken a few trips to the gym in Knightstown, Ind., that served as Hickory’s home floor, and I follow The Hoosier Gym (where you can walk in for nothing and shoot a few hoops) on Twitter. Today I saw a tweet about Landry Long, son of Brad “Buddy” Long, stopping by to say hi, and noting he had made a movie about teammate Kent “Merle Webb” Poole. Poole-as-Merle delivers perhaps the most famous line in the 1986 classic, saying before Hickory takes the floor for the championship game: “Let’s win this one for all the small schools that never had a chance to get here.” As you may know, except for David Niedorf (Everett Flatch, son of Dennis Hooper’s hopeless-drunk-turned-assistant-coach Shooter), all the Hickory Huskers were Indiana boys drafted not for their acting talent but for their basketball skills (including Maris Valainis as Jimmy Chitwood, who in fact did not play high school basketball).