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Radio Show Notes and Quotes by Mike Woodson (November 28)


Indiana’s unbeaten 6-0 start to the season has put the Hoosiers in the Associated Press Poll’s top-10 for the first time since 2017. Ahead of a massive showdown Wednesday night against No. 18 North Carolina, head coach Mike Woodson joins host Don Fischer for his weekly radio show, Inside IU Basketball.

In the final segment, IU operations analyst Nick Virden joins the show as a special guest to talk about his responsibilities and journey to IU.

As usual, all notes and citations are by Woodson unless otherwise noted.

VIOLATION UPDATES:

  • Woodson said every player should be available against North Carolina
  • Trey Galloway trained this afternoon, will be evaluated tomorrow – Galloway has missed the last three games with a knee injury
  • Logan Duncomb was “under the weather” and didn’t practice today but was hoping to get him back for the UNC game

GENERAL THOUGHTS OVER THE LAST WEEK:

  • “It was a great week for our team, I thought everyone contributed”
  • “The six games we’ve played have all been positive in many different areas. Statistically we’re delivering pretty good numbers from an attacking point of view and defensively we’re doing exactly what I see in practice.”
  • “Last year we lost a lot of games like this (at Xavier) where we were right there but made a mistake”
  • Re: Missing sales this season — Woodson said at the start of the season last year that IU “throws the ball everywhere,” but it finally clicked… This year,
  • Woodson is confident that every player can handle the ball… Woodson’s goal is to have fewer than 13 turnovers per game, which IU is currently achieving
  • Woodson thanks Jordan Geronimo, who is on tonight’s radio show, for his improved ball handling and defense

ABOUT INDIANA’S VICTORIES OVER LITTLE ROCK & JACKSON STATE

  • Woodson said he was very impressed with IU’s bench as he was able to look down on the second unit to “get a lift”.
  • When asked about TJD’s absence against Little Rock due to injury, Woodson said he wasn’t worried about not having him available; must be able to rely on the bank, no matter who is available
  • Re: Race Thompson’s 20-point performance against Little Rock – “He does a lot of things that sometimes go unnoticed, if you just look at goals you don’t see the defense, the rebounds, the dirty work.”

ABOUT INDIANA’S IMPROVED 3-POINT SHOOTING & OFFENSE:

  • “I think the work that these guys have done this summer has put us in this position as far as shooting basketball.”
  • “The three-ball is a big part of college basketball, but I don’t want to live and die shooting three-pointers. I’ve never been a coach like that, and I come from a league (NBA) where they (emphasize) three-pointers
  • Woodson notes that when he coached the Knicks, they led the NBA in tried and made 3-pointers
  • Woodson said you can’t just rely on 3-pointers to win; must also defend, rebound etc.
  • Woodson attributes the improved offensive flow to having more skilled ball carriers this season… Doesn’t want “robots” on the team just standing around
  • Offense is based on each player being able to handle the ball and pass… Focuses heavily on these aspects in recruitment
  • Fischer asks if Woodson has a name for IU’s offense… Woodson says “no”; Offense focuses on playing off the post and forcing opponents to double-team, creating open 3-point chances
  • Ultimately, you want to give the players “freedom” to just play

ABOUT TAMAR BATES’ BREAKOUT GAME VS JACKSON STATE:

  • “I couldn’t be prouder of a player, from where he started to where he came from”
  • Woodson said the Bates he saw against Jackson State were the same Bates he saw in high school when he was recruiting
  • Fischer said he thought Bates would play in the flow of offense and not force anything

ABOUT THE UPCOMING MATCHES AGAINST NO. 18 NORTH CAROLINA AND RUTGERS:

  • “My thoughts are not really with Rutgers at the moment. North Carolina is next.”
  • “North Carolina is a team we can’t sleep on. They have size, great guarding in RJ Davis and Caleb Love… Armando Bacot is as good as it gets.”
  • “Your starting five is real”
  • Fischer notes several Indiana connections including Sean May, Eric Montross – “Sean is like my son. I watched him grow up as a baby and watched him become a great high school player and college player for North Carolina.” Some familiar people over there, but again, they are over there. We need to keep them over there and get ready for Wednesday night’s game.

ABOUT INDIANA’S TEAM THANKSGIVING DINNER:

  • IU hosted Little Rock for Thanksgiving dinner… ‘It was amazing’
  • Woodson and Little Rocks HC Darrell Walker are close friends who coached together in the NBA for several years
  • Had food, watched football games together
  • Woodson said his sister sent about eight sweet potato pies for Thanksgiving

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES:

  • Fischer notes that Jordan Geronimo is on the radio show with his parents… Woodson reiterates that he “only wants what’s best for these guys,” emphasizing the family atmosphere
  • Re: Manage classes with game schedule – “If a player is late for practice because of school, hey, I’ll have to live off some of it”… The practice schedule focuses on making sure players can attend to classes, plus also rest as much as possible
  • “Physically we are in pretty good shape”
  • Woodson emphasizes the importance of having a strong bench, making the most of the minutes and staying ready no matter the circumstances
  • Woodson said the hospital room and video analysts are “the most important” people behind the scenes… He also mentions the importance of scouting and learning from each other
  • Woodson said he still has a flip phone, along with an iPhone… Coaches are always with him to get rid of the flip phone, but Woodson jokes, “The flip phone brought me to Indiana.”

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