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I have a feeling we won't see much defense in this game. My biggest concern is Iowa States on ball pressure with Lucious against Iowa's young guards. In the end, I think ISU sneaks one out.
I think we take this one. The crowd should be great, Clemmons looks comfortable out there and Gesell usually stays poised. Having those 2 in and sliding Marble to the 3 and White to the 4 have this team flowing pretty well the last couple games.
Woody looking more and more comfortable and playing very well. Basabe is playing great. We've got the depth to run.
Very crucial game -- our last chance to get a "quality win" vs. a power conference opponent before BIG play.
Tough one to predict: Iowa 77 - ISU 74.
This post was edited by NYCHawkeye 19 months ago
I think UNI would be a solid win but your point still stands, Iowa needs to win these games in the non conference.
UNI would be a good win, but if on the bubble the Committee really looks at those non-con power conference wins.
However, if we beat UNI and they win the MV, that would be a real quality win.
Anyway, we need to take them one at a time, and we owe both ISU and UNI this year.
11-2 would be beautiful entering BIG play, which begins with No. 1 Indiana.
Let's Go Hawks!
I think IA learned their lessons with WSU and VT, so IA by 10+ pts win! Lucious is turnover prone and the BIG12 is like the BTN in FB this year conference strength wise.
neutral court--probably not.
in ames--no way
in cha--eh, maybe.
a problem with relying on the home court advantage is that one of isu's pluses going into the game is rebounding. that's the sort of advantage that doesn't wash out on the road. i'm guessing we'll see something more like an 8-man rotation, with basabe getting more minutes than mccabe or may. i expect olaseni, oglesby, and ingram will get (only) situational minutes depending on fouls, etc. i wouldn't be shocked to see basabe start against isu and think he likely will be a starter by new years. the three-guard line up has some giddyup and will be great in stretches-- but somebody has got to get on the boards.
I like how Iowa matches up against ISU and being the ultimate optimist. I like Iowa in a close one. Woodbury is coming into his own and I like the Clemmons/Gesell on the floor at the same time. As long as Marble doesn't try and force things, I love the team. Sometimes Devyn still gets a little forceful in his offensive game, but he's reigned it in pretty well.
Woody is still not strong enough to play really big minutes, IMHO. Not a knock on him, just an observation. I think I like the change at the point guard/shooting guard positions, though I really thought Gesell would be our point guard with Clemmons filling in to give him a rest. Roy Devyn and White provide nice contrasts at the forward spots. I do think Basabe will get a lot of minutes against ISU and down the road. Don't count May out...steadying influence, good passer, can rebound and plays pretty good defense. Mac is a mystery right now...just looks out of sorts on the floor. Confidence level is down. Will likely snap out of it, but I agree that he might be better at the 5. And, we really need him to step up and be a consistent option at the 4. Josh will see spot minutes, although I like his floor presence and his defense...he just does not make many mistakes. Gabe and Ingram have a long way to go. I see about an 8 man rotation down the road, with likely 9-10 against ISU tomorrow night. Since I will be there cheering loudly, we will win.
Iowa in an OT nail-biter> 81-80. Gessell hits a walk-off 2-pointer as time expires. WOW!!!!!
The crowd should be rocking tomorrow night, and I would imagine all the recruits will be in attendance.
Kenpom would agree with you as the site has Iowa by one. Or did as of yesterday anyways.
I don't think I know enough about Iowa St to make a prediction. I haven't watched them play yet this year, but I know a lot about some of their players. Obviously, we all know what Lucious brings to the table. Personally, I don't think he's a good offensive player. Too many turnovers, too many shots - and usually bad ones. Clyburn is a great player, though. Yeah, they don't have Royce White, and Clyburn isn't White, but he plays anything from the 1 to 4... something ISU fans should remember from last year. Clyburn can put points up and its athletic. I hate to say it because I love Dev, but I think he struggles to stop Clyburn. I also don't think Iowa will be pressing a whole lot, but I'd still like to see it. Babb can defend and shoot the 3 well. No Christopherson is nice, since he KILLED Iowa these last 2 years.
Iowa by 4? I guess I'll say that
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Some people forget that Iowa lead Witchita State at half-time and simply fell flat, in Cancun in 2nd half.
Home crowd. Huge rivalry game and I think the Hawkeye men are going to duplicate what the
Hawkeye women did, last night in CHA.
IOWA 71 isu 67
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Every one on this thread was winner tonight except for Hawkfish!
But we all know he is a good and loyal Hawk fan.
This is one instance where I'm glad to be wrong!
Really, you cannot Under-estimate the ADVANTAGE that the Hawkeye fans at CHA provides the Hawkeyes.
The BTN replayed Iowa's beat-down of the much bally-hooed Indiana Hoosiers, less that a year ago.
I'm very happy that I possess some duckets to the Big Ten opener on New Year's Eve day.
CHA is really, really going to Rock n Roll on that afternoon.
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