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What happened to ‘The Movement’?

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Indiana’s 2012 recruiting class was supposed to be a special group. The quintet, which included Yogi Ferrell, Ron Patterson, Peter Jurkin, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, and Jeremy Hollowell, had been dubbed ‘The Movement’ by Patterson, and coach Tom Crean’s remarks upon receiving their letters of intent confirmed the group’s significance: “We believe this is a class that has an opportunity to develop into a very special group … who [will] bring explosiveness and energy immediately to the program.”

Other than Ferrell, however, it is still debatable whether the other three will positively contribute to the Hoosiers’ stat sheet (Patterson failed to meet Indiana’s enrollment requirements, enrolled at Brewster Academy for a year, and now dots Syracuse’s roster). Due to various injuries, Jurkin has barely stepped onto the court, playing just eighteen minutes in his IU career, and following his arrest this weekend on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, Mosquera-Perea has been suspended indefinitely. Hollowell has shown flashes — he has upped both his offensive efficiency rating and attempted shots percentage as a sophomore — but the 6-foot-8 forward hasn’t played twenty or more minutes since early January.

On Monday, Crean took to the airwaves (specifically his weekly radio show) and was asked whether the 2012 class is a disappointment. According to a recap from InsidetheHall.com, Crean mentioned the group was not saddled with “unrealistic expectations” by the IU coaching staff, but he did note that Hollowell has “not played to the level of his abilities“.

The silver lining, of course, is Ferrell. The guard has quietly turned in an outstanding sophomore performance, and one could make a case that Ferrell is underrated nationally. Ferrell has noticeably tightened his handle, and despite the Hoosiers’ three-game losing streak, Ferrell become a frequent presence at the free throw strip, posting a free throw rate of 46 percent.

It was likely unfair to assume ‘The Movement’ would lead the program to its first title in over 25 years, but it is also worth noting that the group simply hasn’t progressed to the level their recruiting rankings suggested. Only three other Big Ten squads depend on their bench more than Indiana, and the sophomores’ slow growth has largely contributed to Crean’s reliance on his frosh. Noah Vonley, Troy Williams, and Stanford Robinson might seen significant minutes because of IU’s lack of upperclassmen, but one has to wonder if they would have used as much if the majority of ‘The Movement’ could have been effective on the court.

NEW PODCAST: Indiana, Cal, troublesome trends and a weekend preview

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The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.

Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.

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PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Key contests in Atlantic 10, Pac-12

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCLA at No. 17 Arizona, 9:00 p.m.
The Bruins and Wildcats have already met once this season, with a Bryce Alford three-pointer giving UCLA an 87-84 win. But UCLA has continued to struggle with consistency since then, and the chance at payback should serve as a motivating factor for Arizona. Sean Miller’s team welcomed back Allonzo Trier in Saturday’s win at Washington, and in forward Ryan Anderson they have one of the conference’s best players. The “rivalry” aspect of this game should make it a good one, as UCLA tends to show up for big-name opponents, but it could also be another major blow to the Bruins’ fleeting hopes of getting back to the NCAA tournament.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 19 Dayton at Rhode Island, 7:00 p.m.
The Rams have struggled with injuries all season, most recently dealing with Jarvis Garrett’s broken jaw and Kuran Iverson’s concussion. Garrett’s back on the floor, playing with a face mask that appears to be inspired by Hannibal Lecter, and it’s that team toughness that makes URI a serious threat to first-place Dayton at the Ryan Center (Iverson’s been medically cleared but remains a game-time decision). Charles Cooke has been outstanding for the Flyers this season, and Dayton’s depth makes them a tough matchup for any team much less one as banged up as URI.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

1. As a result of No. 11 Oregon’s loss at Cal last night, No. 23 USC finds itself tied in the loss column atop the Pac-12 standings heading into their game at Arizona State (8:00 p.m.). Outside of keeping opponents off the offensive glass the Sun Devils have had issues defensively in conference play, and with the Trojans’ many scoring options led by guards Jordan McLaughlin and Julian Jacobs this will be a tough matchup for the home team.

2. Monmouth looks to maintain its lead atop the MAAC standings, as they visit Rider (9:00 p.m.). The Broncs haven’t been the conference contender many envisioned them being when the season began but they’re still dangerous, with players such as guard Teddy Okereafor capable of giving opponents fits. Justin Robinson, who’s been excellent at the point all season long, leads the way for a Monmouth team that still has hopes of earning an at-large bid should they need it.

3. Having lost to Yale last weekend, Columbia’s in a position where they need to hold serve ahead of the rematch in New York City March 5. That makes games like tonight’s against Penn (7:00 p.m.) that much more important for Kyle Smith’s Lions, who have done a good job of turning opponents over in league play (22.8 TO%). Penn’s had issues taking care of the basketball, and that combined with Columbia’s tandem of Maodo Lo and Alex Rosenberg could prove to be the difference at Levien Gym.

4. Two teams looking to make a push in the MAC East race meet in Buffalo, as the Bulls host Ohio (7:00 p.m.). Nate Oats’ team had its four-game win streak snapped by Toledo, with the Rockets beating Buffalo by two Wednesday night. They’ll look to rebound with a defense that has been the best in the MAC in conference play (tops in defensive efficiency and effective field goal percentage), but they have to take care of the basketball in order to do so.

5. Grand Canyon, which can’t play in the NCAA tournament as they’re still in the Division I transition process, looks to remain a game behind New Mexico State in the WAC standings. Dan Majerle’s Antelopes visit Seattle (10:00 p.m.), which handed GCU its first conference loss 13 days ago. GCU shot just 6-for-23 from three in that game, which they led by ten late in the first half. If Seattle is to win they’ll need to slow down the tandem of sophomore Joshua Braun and senior Grandy Glaze, who combine to average 31.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game.