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Good for him! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
This post was edited by Todd Worly 20 months ago
From Yahoo! Sports: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Nate Wolters scored 28 points and handed out seven assists, leading South Dakota State to a 70-65 upset of No. 16 New Mexico on Saturday.
IL choked against Mizzou and OSU too with Kansas. Both losses hurted the BTN conference a little bit but it's good to see that IL lost though. With NM's loss, will IA get some votes to be in the top 30? Probably not until IA knocks off IND 9 days away.
They play as poorly as they did today...0-17 for 3pts...18-31 FTs...20 TO's...no intensity outside of White... and they won't be knocking anyone off.
This post was edited by OhioHawk07 19 months ago
A win is win no matter how ugly. IA will be knocking some BTN teams like last year: 4 ranked teams with less talents. BB has parity and anyone can win or lose on any given night, like today four top ten teams loss: IL, OSU, Florida, and Syracuse. So yes I'm optimistic and biased for IA. I will not be surprised if IA win against IND, Michigan, OSU, MSU, IL, or any other top tier BTN teams. They will dance at the end of the season.
I'm not worried at all about seeing lots of intensity from everyone for the next game....and it will be a sell out crowd....Carver will be rocking.
Should be an outstanding atmosphere in there for the Indiana game, no doubt about it.
I hope not. I want them to play hungry.
And I'd love for the Hawks to win, and Indiana is beatable as Butler proved it, BUT, I think this is more Indiana's game to lose than ours to win. Losing to WS and VT made me a bit more realistic about this season than I like being!
This post was edited by Hawklove 19 months ago
A 30pt win against a team that we should've beaten by 50+ isn't exactly stellar in my book. At times, the lack of discipline was way too apparent. But one will get that with a very young team against an over matched opponent.
On a brighter side of things, the 3 pointers weren't forced, they were for the most part in the flow of the offense, but they just didn't go in. The free throw shooting? Well, there is no excuse for that. Do I think they will be more focused at the line vs Indiana then Coppin St? Sure, but the fact that they allowed themselves to lose the focus no matter the opponent is another sign of a young team. I expect Fran to correct that. And I am sure Woodbury will take a little bit more time in-bounding the ball for the rest of the season. Another learning experience.
It was great to Olaseni get significant minutes. And I like Coach Fran playing Woodbury and Olaseni together. I really wanted to see them with White at the same time to see what their length and athleticism could do. And I hope that Basabe's injury is minor, and he will be ready to go come New Year's Eve. His inside physicality is very much needed.
All in all, not a game that one can look at and see anything "great"...the opponent sucked, they played bad at times, they played good at times. Ho-hum.
SIDE NOTE: What Iowa accomplished last year, has zero bearing on what will happen this year, just keep that in mind.
First of all, I would like to say that having optimism as a fan is a good thing since we are all rooting for the same team.
Second, it doesn’t matter how large of a spread of points the Hawks should have won by. IA could have easily won by 50+ pts if they played their starters near full minutes; it was a tune up game for the bench and Fran has done it with the remaining two games for the nonconference season.
Third, concerning genuine criticism of the game and players, it is the job of coach and assistant coaches. Fran and company have done an excellent job as noted by the yearly progress, so last year’s season is still a good baseline for the present and future work in progress for some of the same players to build on. So last year's work does matter. History is important, good history should be repeated over bad ones.
I do not want to debate obvious points but since some people want to, this is all I have to say for now. I will root for the Hawks my way just like some other fans. Just deal with the obvious.
Was it the losses, or the manner in which they lost?
For me, losing to those clubs (both away from CHA) is not terribly concerning...plus, the team has grown a lot over the past six games. Are they still a work in progress? Without a doubt. However, I got a good feeling they will be competitive in every home game...it's the road games they have me a bit worried about at the moment.
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South Dakota State (RPI now No. 93) has been pretty good the last few years.
Recall the Jackrabbits beat us in CHA just 25 months ago and it was also Fran's first game at Iowa.
Refresh my memory, was Iowa ranked #16 at the time?
Of course not, but it was a road win in a power conference for SD State -- quite an accomplishment.
Optimism is always a great thing for fans...but lets be reasonable...blind optimism serves no one. The last two games have done more of a disservice to this team than the two losses we experienced this year. Lackadaisical play is a virus and it got worse from South Carolina St to Coppin St. I hope coach Fran can get things back on track, as I do not like what I saw vs Coppin St.
The bench was the reason we only won by 30? The starters did more to stink things up than the bench guys did. 14 of the 20 TO's, 6 missed FT's, 0-8 from 3...the spread wasn't the benches fault. That's what was obvious.
I'm sorry, I thought this was a free country, and this a public forum, so what I see that needs criticized, I am going to call it like I see it.
Last year's games have zero bearing on what this year's team can and will do. They are two totally different teams. Freshmen dominate our starting lineup...starters from last year are coming off the bench and are in new roles. There was no hype last year, and this year's squad has some. Where we were able to sneak up on some teams last year, and now some teams just might sneak up on us. But the really good teams? Well lets just say it wont be pretty at times.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by OhioHawk07 19 months ago
Wasn't the first one against WS (a MV team) on a neutural court?
Anyway, I hope they will be competitive at home, too. Some of my friends from Wis. tell me that they will be a lot more competitive in the league than people think, which makes me worried about our NCAA prospect. If we make it I'd be one of the first ticket buyers to our first round games. :)
Happy Holidays, Herkuleez, and all you other Hawks fans.
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