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Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Sunday, a joint production between The Assembly Call and Inside the Hall where we highlight the five most essential IU basketball stories of the past week, plus take a look at how the other IU sports programs are doing.
This week, IU basketball opened its season. Although the competition was not the best the Hoosiers were able to win games against Bethune-Cookman, Morehead State, and Bethune-Cookman.
Looking into the future, it was national signing day and Indiana officially got its’ two 2023 commits into the fold. Andy Bottoms published his first bracketology of the preseason. Podcast on the Brink, Assembly Call and podcast.org had new shows this week. We will conclude with a look at other Hoosier sports.
• Indiana handles Morehead State in the season opener
• Hoosiers cruise past Bethune-Cookman with hot shooting
• 2023 commits sign National Letters of Intent
• Andy Bottoms’ preseason bracketology
• Podcast on the Brink and AC postgame
• Hoosier Roundup
Banner #1 – Indiana handles Morehead State in the season opener
The Indiana basketball season that has been the most talked about in Indiana for at least a decade began last Monday Night, with the Hoosiers winning an easy 88 to 53 win over Morehead State Eagles. Five-star freshmen showed that they will be major contributors in this year’s basketball season as Malik Reneau scored 15 points off the bench and shared match-high honors with Trayce Johnson-Davis. Jalen Hood Schifino, a fellow newcomer, added seven points and four assists to his starting role. IU’s presumed depth also came to fruition as nine players played at least 14 minutes and all 13 athletes on scholarship saw at least some time.
After the meeting, Indiana coach Mike Woodson and Eagles Coach Preston Spradlin spoke. The Hall also had a photo gallery. Ryan Corazza wrote his Minute after and Film Session, William McDermott had stories, and Amanda Foster had their stories. Alex Bozich wrote Five Takeaways.
Banner #2 – Hoosiers cruise past Bethune-Cookman with hot shooting
The one potential issue that could hold IU back from reaching its’ high ceiling this year is making outside shots. If Thursday’s performance was any indication, Indiana has made significant improvements in this area, allowing 10 triples to win a 101-49 victory over the Wildcats. Miller Kopp was the team’s leader, scoring 12 points and making four three-pointers. Jackson-Davis led all scorers, scoring 21 points. Trey Galloway and Jordan Geronimo contributed 11 and 10 respectively. The Hoosiers also scored an amazing 21-22 from the line, which is something they have struggled with in past years.
After two disappointing opponents, fans will see how great this IU team can be when they face their first major challenge this Friday at 6 p.m. ET in Cincinnati against Xavier, FS1. Sean Miller, who is the brother to Archie Miller, coaches the Musketeers.
After the Bethune/Cookman contest, Woodson and Wildcats coach Reggie Theus spoke. ITH had their photo gallery. Corazza wrote his Minute After and Film Session. Bozich wrote Five Takeaways. Foster wrote a feature about Kopp.
Banner #3 – 2023 commits sign National Letters of Intent
Although they have been committed to IU since a long time, it was made official that Gabe Cupps (left) and Jakai Newton (right) would join the team on Thursday when they signed their letters d’intent for 2023. The No. 29 in the country by 247Sports. Cupps is ranked at No. 88 by various recruiting services (ESPN), while Newton’s highest ranking is No. 64 (Rivals).
Many players are expected to graduate or move on to the pros. Indiana may be looking to add a few guys to its spring class via late signing or the transfer portal.
Banner #4 – Andy Bottoms’ preseason bracketology
The Hoosiers expect to win this season, which should make bracketology more enjoyable for their fans. IU should project a high seed in the 2022-2023 campaign, after five years without March Madness and then a sixth year of barely squeaking by.
Assembly Call’s own Andy Bottoms is a highly rated bracketologist and put out his first projections for Indiana and the rest of college basketball. He has IU as a 4-seed in the Louisville area, starting in Albany against 13th-seed Towson. Bottoms’ projection will excite Hoosier supporters everywhere as they would be targeted for a Sweet 16 matchup with Kentucky if everything held to form.
Banner #5 – Podcast on the Brink and AC postgame
Podcast on The Brink has a new episode. Matt Cox from the 3-Man Weave was guest to discuss the upcoming IU seasons. Also, Assembly Call postgame showed after each game this week.
Finally, Doing The Work had a new episode this week about women’s basketball to discuss the victories over Kentucky Wesleyan in the exhibition game last week and the season opener against Vermont on Tuesday. The team beat UMass Lowell Friday and signed their 2023 recruiting class. The Hoosiers are high ranked and have high expectations going into the year. Foster wrote a column highlighting the improved depth of the team and their 3-point shooting. Tomorrow, IU hosts a top-five Tennessee squad on the road (6 p.m. ET ESPN2 in their first major match.
Banner #6 – Hoosier Roundup
• Men’s soccer seemed out of the running for a top-16 seed and bye in the NCAA tournament as of last week. They are now in contention for one of the coveted spots after their win over Maryland on Wednesday in conference tournament. Today’s Big Ten Championship will be played by the team against Rutgers at noon on BTN in Piscataway. Regardless of the outcome IU will continue to the NCAA Tournament in the 37th consecutive year. Tomorrow at 1pm on NCAA.com, the selection show.
• Football was overwhelmed by Ohio State.
• Volleyball fell to highly ranked Wisconsin and Penn State in hard-fought matches this week.
• Cross Country ran at regionals with three advancing to the national championship.
• Wrestling competed at the Maryville Invitational.
• Men’s Tennis competed at the Big Ten Individuals and signed a recruit.
• Women’s Tennis announced the signing of their recruiting class.
• IU golfer Drew Salyers was named a candidate for the golfer of the month following a terrific October. The whole team signed the upcoming recruiting class.
• Women’s golf signed their recruiting class.
Thank you for your continued support of Inside the Hall and The Assembly Call. We’ll be back next weekend with a new roundup.
Enjoy a Sunday with 6 banners.
Aaron (Ari Shifron)
Assembly Call Contributor

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