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So we're both stuck in the NIT, but hell, now we've made it to Mecca and we might as well try and win the bloody thing. Problem is, since Alford ran to the desert a few years back, I don't know a single thing about your program or who we're facing on Tuesday. So, what's this team all about?
Nice win at UVA, we had them down 17 at JPJ but found a way to blow it. Tough to win down there, despite the ties and swaying and general douchebaggery of their fanbase. Happy to answer questions about our team as well, my future conference brethren. I'm sure before too long we'll learn to properly hate each other, as it should be!
Watch out for Marble. Someone else will, eventually, come along and most likely give a position by position breakdown but I just want to mention Marble. By far our best player and has been averaging ~25 points per game in the NIT.
Also I've been hearing a lot about Len(?) how good is he?
We should be better by the time you terps start conference play in the B!G....welcome, btw.
We're a young team, not terribly athletic, but just deep enough to play with a lot of intensity. Marble has raised his game enough lately to be considered "da man" in a crunch, which is good...we've waited all year for someone to take that role.
I watched your win at Bama, nicely done.... noticed you had a g/f that was out due to injury....will he be ready to go in NYC?
Yeah I remember Marble from the UVA game. Seems like he can do whatever he wants out there.
Len, when motivated, will be the best player on the court. It's just rare that he's motivated or running on all cylinders. He's 7'1", has range out to the top of the key, and is great at guarding the rim. He ate Mason Plumlee's lunch, twice. But he's also capable of putting up a 5pt, 4reb, 4 foul stinker at any moment. He'll be a lottery pick this year just on potential, he's only 19.
Seth Allen broke his hand and is out for the year. Shame, because he's really good at getting to the rim and can hit 3s, takes pressure off our not so good PG Pe'Shon Howard.
We're long and athletic 1-3, with a couple of bruisers and Len inside. If we hit a decent clip of our 3s we'll be good, if not...
Key for us is Dez Wells. He's been our Marble this postseason.
the young Hawks will bring intensity on D. If the terps can find their shots, then, they will have a chance. If not, the Hawks will be in the first NIT final! I have a feeling White and Basabe will have a big game. They had a down game vs Virg and it's a homecoming for Basabe. Oh, White is a hardworking small forward. Basabe is an undersized bruiser... but with a soft touch. NYC ball? =) But others may tell you differently.
Yeah, the bench is deep for Iowa. as mentioned with those 2 with an off night and they still broke Virg streak.
sweet thread title paul. very descriptive.
Meh, it's a slow board.
How do you guys feel about Monsanto?
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To give some more insight, Iowa has been bad on the road, alright at neutral sites, and very good at home this season. This program is on the way out of the so called "dark ages" of Iowa basketball right now, and while some are disappointed to be in the NIT, some are excited for post season basketball again because Steve "Wonderboy" Alford and Todd "Lackluster (insert other, inappropriate name jokes here) Lickliter and how far they drove the program into the ground.
The itself: Iowa has played outstanding defense this season minus a few games or halves. At Virginia Tech was a total crapfest on the defensive end and much of what was seen last season. The rest of the season has been much different so I think its safe to say that one game was just a poor performance by the Hawks. Iowa has struggled to shoot the ball well all year, but has been hot as of late. As mentioned, Marble can be a force to stop when he's on, but he can also get a big head and force really questionable shots. He's the go to guy though and will be tomorrow as well. Aaron White played is another scorer for us, he usually is the garbage man for Iowa. Gets boards, steals, blocks, fast break points. He might surprise you with his skills when you look at him. Hopefully he shows up more than he did vs. Virginia. Outside of these two, its really a question as to who will lead the way scoring for the Hawks. Basabe, Gesell, McCabe, Oglesby (if he'd lose the funk) can all put the ball in the basket well and are capable of scoring double figures. Woodbury, Olaseni, and Clemmons have each had their ups and downs this year but all 3 have a very bright future as Hawks and most fans believe next year will be a much better one. Lastly, Eric May is the lone senior on the team. He is amazingly athletic. Don't be fooled by his skin color and home town. He can climb the ladder and throw it down on anyone he wants to. He's not a threat to launch from deep at all, but will take the occasional wide open trey. He has developed a good midrange jumper and plays good defense, he's the shut down guy for us. Don't expect him to do too much, but he will do a lot to help the team in other ways than scoring.
Iowa has a few guys who can run point if needed. Marble is better there than anyone else, Gesell and Clemmons have split time there, and just about everyone else on the team can bring the ball up the court if they need to. Iowa has turnover problems at times, and will just lack the ability to do anything for stretches of games. They have a lot of unforced turnovers that need to be corrected by next year. They rebound well, but I believe you guys do too, so we'll see how much that impacts the game.
Iowa tries to work the free throw line. They get a lot of points there when they win (usually). They will also press a lot and run zone often on defense. We throw out a deep team, but a very young team. Sometimes guys will be bad, sometimes others step up. Its tough to predict a game like this, but I expect a very good one. Excited to watch tomorrow.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Nice summary, but shouldn't you have a paper to write or a test to study for this time of year? Maybe that double major in communications is still in play for you!
Haha, I actually have a paper due Wednesday that I'm working on right now. I'm done with tests for almost a month.
Living in Cincinnati, I follow Xavier basketball a decent amount and typically catch a few games at the Cintas Center. Dezmine Wells is a hell of a player for Maryland. 6'5" or so, built like a Mack truck, and ridiculously athletic. When he was at Xavier his biggest weakness was his shooting from the perimeter; has that improved at all?
I'm excited to see the (probable) matchups of Wells vs Marble and Woodbury vs Len. Should be a good game!
Lately. Hes been hitting mid range jumpers more and knocking down the occasional open 3 but hes still going to get the vast majority of his points at the rim and free throw line.
"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
Once he can consistently make open jumpers, he'll be spectacular.
Yeah he has improved his shooting the last 5-10 games or so. Right now his biggest weakness is probably his handle and turning the ball over.
When you played Michigan did you double mcgary every time he got a touch?
Can you guys tell me about Carolina refs?
Most of us want to forget or have forgotten the Michigan game. Lol
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