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We've been fooled all year and keep checking the RPI every day.
This is not an NCAA team. NIT is not a given either.
Am I the only one upset here?
Last year at this juncture, we were 14-13 and 6-8 in conference, and made the NIT. This year we are 17-10 and 6-8 in the toughest conference. So your remark that the NIT "isn't a given" is wholly ridiculous. Should'ves, could'ves and would'ves all year, yes we know, but thats not an excuse to turn into a bunch of rabid dogs who think someone is giving away your lunch. Young team, on the road, sh*t happens.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO CHILL
Ridiculous? How many quality wins (top 25) did we have last season compared to this season?
That's right, ridiculous.
Step away from the ledge and calm down. If you thought at the beginning of the year that this as a NCAA tournament team you were a wishful thinker and got your hopes up. People need to realize this team is still very young and heading in the right direction overall as a program. Year three people
More downvotes please.
Another "year 3" ... we're running out of time.
NU, Purdue and Penn St will only improve next year, while we will pretty much have the same line-up, and the usual threats (OSU, IU, Mich, MSU, etc.) will be better than ever.
I want to win now, not next year, not in 3 years.
Well you might want to become a bandwagon fan because fact is Fran is still working on getting this program out of the hole that Lickliter put them in
Bandwagon, don't think so. Been following the Hawks much longer than you.
Do I take Iowa losses well, esp after blowing big leads. No I don't.
Glad you have been following them for much longer than me, I hate when the hawkeyes lose too, but you would think since you have been following them for so long you wouldn't act like a baby after losses still
I don't get why they look lost towards the end of games this year. Seems they forget how to run the offense, or make a pass, or move to get open. They resort to an NBA offense. Give the ball to whoever they feel has the hot hand.. let them dribble around and take a bad shot. Their passes get lazy as the game goes on. A totally different team with 4 minutes left to go.
Ogelsby is a waist...Sorry, it's a waisted trip down court when you're running an offense for a guy shooting terribly. I'm sure their conditioning is great, but it looks like they're the tired team on the court. Nebraska barely subbed, if any, in the second half, yet had all the energy in the end. Crisp dribble drives, moving to get open with/without the ball, easy short jumpers that all fell.
Really lost at the end, I don't get it either.
And for Oglesby ... what a disappointment.
I agree. Definitely a bad loss today, but in the grand scheme of things, this program is trending upward.
I'm still f---ing angry about this loss and it ended hours ago.
It is inexcusable to lose the way we did. Nebraska made halftime adjustments and Iowa went to sleep. Again, we miss easy shots, have unforced turnovers...etc. I did not see any adjustments made by the Iowa bench as Nebraska began climbing back in.
Oglesby was 0 for how many?
The inside play needs to improve drastically. Olesani is our best inside offensive threat between the BIGS. Woodbury looked slow and has absolutely 0 inside offense. A 6'1" player could guard Woodbury.
The sad thing is Iowa will again play Nebraska at Carver in a few weeks and run them out of the building by 30+ points.
Sure, Fran's pregame pep talk will be revenging this loss. Too little too late.
NYC, I will give you upvotes. You're not the only Iowa fan who's not happy.
I think all Iowa fans are upset about today's loss. That being said, I don't think someone is any less of a fan if they aren't immediately writing off the head coach and the entire team.
Some of you worried about UV and DV might want to check out other sites where they don't have those, so that way your feelings won't get hurt.
Also the other sites have a lot of negative people, you might fit in well. Good god. Beginning of the season, hell even a couple games ago, so many people saying Fran is the best thing since sliced bread, now many of the same people want to hang him.
The Hawks did have a bad second half today, but they were also not helped out any by the refs, so what's the verdict on that? Fran's fault?
After seeing what a lot of you post during football and now during basketball, it is easy to see it wouldn't matter who Iowa had you would complain about something. You would probably complain if you were hung with a new rope.
u2, I'm getting angrier by the minute over this loss -- and I'm not even drinking tonight.
"Year 3," "We're heading in the right direction," "Improvement since Lick," etc., so many unexcuseable losses this season and most with nice leads at the end. No excuses.
I mentioned somewhere earlier that we are running out of time. BIG will be brutal again next year and we will still have pretty much the same line-up.
Sorry Buck. I'm a huge fan of Fran and where the program is headed. Just angry about today's loss to a conference bottom feeder.
As far as being negative about football and basketball?
We complain because we truly are diehard fans who are sick of losing, especially against opponents we have no business losing to.
nYC and u2....i'm just as ....and the excuse makers and apoligista make me almost as
At times I get frustrated with Iowa basketball and then i remember that its just basketball. Lame sport. Too many fouls and last minute is usually a free throw shooting contest.
Fran has recuited very well and like many, im actually watching Iowa basketball. Its a VERY young team and it shows on the road. They give great effort and will be dancing next year. But like I said its just a sport to fill the time till football.
There will be some new guys added in to next year's team that could really help, Woodbury should be much better with a full offseason in the strength program, and the other players should improve as well. And the players will have another year's worth of chemistry in terms of playing together in tight games, so that may pay off in close games next year. I'm not at all predicting a conference title next year, but I do think this team will be noticeably better.
Just got home, hoping to watch the replay on Bif10togo but I have comcast. Then I checked the score and my eyeballs popped out! Iowa lost? Really? Wow!
They may have just killed their chances of dancing in March, which for a moment looked great with Minn and Purdue slipping. Just saw the box score. seems like we got a total of 8 points out of Basabe, Woodbury, Olasani and McCabe. Can't win a game with that kind of performance from the bigs.
Maybe a good thing I didn't watch this game or I'd be even madder than my buddy NYC.
You forgot to mention the refs screwing us over. That is one of the best excuses we have after every loss. It is amazing to me how the refs/officials in every sport hate Iowa so much more than any other team in the B1G.
Fran's not perfect, but I would still take him over Lick and Alford any day.
I wanted to pull my hair out when I saw that this team blew a 19 point lead. Throw in the lame effort by our vaunted wrestling team, and it was a sad weekend to be a Hawkeye fan.
That said, I do believe this team is on the cusp of being an upper-tier B10 team. I've felt since last season that we would be a better team, but not necessarily have a better record. Woodbury has been exactly what I expected. Gesell has been better than I expected. I was most interested in seeing if Marble and White would significantly elevate their respective games, but I've been somewhat disappointed there. White's the same guy, and Marble has improved a little, but still lacks that mental toughness and killer instinct - and may never develop that.
My biggest criticism of Fran, and, at times, my biggest praise for him, lies in his almost stubborn faith in Marble and Oglesby. On the one hand, I applaud him for helping develop their confidence. On the other, neither has shown reliability at the end of games to close teams out, but yet he puts the games in their laps each time. At what point do you go a different direction? I don't know the answer, but I know I'm getting tired of seeing Oglesby tank a rushed shot, or Marble driving out of control to the basket at crucial points in the game.
As for the concern regarding B10 competition moving forward, yes, there is a lot of outstanding young talent with which we will have to compete, but perhaps the one saving grace is I expect a lot of that talent to move on to the NBA early. For example, I have a hard time seeing Burke and Robinson staying beyond their sophomore years, and the same could be said for several B10 frosh right now. That's the double-edged sword recruiting blue-chip players.
Now that it's the morning after, we have to remember what rebuilding takes. It doesn't happen over night.
It took Tom Crean 4 years to rebuild Indiana and now they are #1.
Losing against a worse team is tough, but maybe this year just isn't the year we turn the corner.
One thing I can say about this year is that Iowa still lacks an inside BIG offensive threat. While Woodbury may provide inside defense, he is a zero offensive threat. He needs to develop an inside offensive game and a 15 foot jump shot.
It's a beautiful morning here in Houston. It's 61 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze. Just finished Amanda's homemade biscuits. The sun does rise again the following day.
Sun came up today. Time to concentrate on Purdue.
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