After a five-game skid that put Indiana in the NCAA Tournament bubble, Mike Woodson’s Hoosiers have since rebounded with a pair of wins over Maryland and Minnesota. On Monday night, Woodson joined host Don Fischer to discuss it on his weekly radio show, “Inside IU Basketball.”
In the first segment, Woodson digs deeper into IU’s wins over the Terrapins and Golden Gophers, and the impact those wins had on lifting the Hoosiers out of their slump. Woodson also discusses the team’s mindset and mentality during the losing streak, and how they were able to refocus and earn two momentous wins. Woodson also discusses a number of other topics including senior guard Rob Phinisee’s return from injury after nearly a month out, playmaker Xavier Johnson’s continued growth and maturity throughout the season, and IU’s ability to withstand growing injuries and reduced playmaker depth.
One of the show’s standout topics included IU’s upcoming Seniors’ Day festivities on Wednesday night, when Indiana hosts Rutgers in the regular season home finale at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Woodson talks about which players could be honored for Senior Day and what it meant to him as a former IU player to be able to address the crowd on his Senior Day.
In the final segment, IU COO Benny Sander joins the show to discuss his pre-IU background, why he decided to follow former head coach Archie Miller from Dayton to Bloomington, and what his current role and functions with the program. Sander also provides insight into team chemistry and the importance to the program of returning to the NCAA Tournament.