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I realize it may depend upon several factors, but where do you think Iowa will be ranked in the B1G preseason basketball polls heading into the 2013-14 season?
Third would be my guess. Looking better, but not there yet. Loss of May, but Uhtoff and Jok should help offset it. Will be a fun BB season ahead for Iowa fans!! It will help ease some of the pain of a suspect football season.
maybe 11-7. that'd be good for what, fifth? but heavens, the rosters will be volatile. the hawks will be better next year than this year and a couple of league games seems about right as a measure of that. i'm more concerned about sustaining that improvement after next year. the 2014 recruiting year is a big inflection point for fran.
5th behind MSU, Michigan, OSU, and Indiana.
"I was brought in here to change the culture. I'm going to coach with passion" - Fran McCaffery.
Top 3. If the exodus in scUM and IU are to be believed...1st. Thomas is gone from Tosu...w/o him they are nothing but a bunch of athletes without any basketball sense...save Craft.
EDIT: What else can you say when you'll be returning 86% of your scoring & 88% of your rebounding?
EDIT2: 86% and 88%?....try 93% and 92%...sheesh!
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Agreed, optimistic top 3 for me as well. I hope 1 somehow because of good coaching and Dev wants POY.
This. 11-7 or 12-6 in league play.
I told my buddy about a month ago that I thought Iowa would without a doubt be top 3 next year and I think they have a great shot at winning the Big Ten. They hung with all the big dogs in the conference this season except a Michigan game that really wasn't indicative of how close those teams really are. Iowa can play with anybody in the country and with the weakness that was the three point shooting and Marble's injury, I suspect those things will be much improved.
I think Iowa will be up near the top.
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Preseason top 4-5 depending on the departures or lack thereof at other Big Ten schools.
What Oaken said..........Yes sir.
Oaken.......presumably, IU will be sans Zeller, Oladipo, the senior walthers, hulse.
That's a lot to replace, yes?
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
At this point, though, those guys will just get replaced by another former 5* recruit.
Schedule will be much tougher than this year in conference. Still not sold that we have learned how to win on the road and play against tougher more athletic teams consistently. I would pick Iowa 5th until proven otherwise and predict 10-8 in league.
Preseason ranking of #24 in the country.
10-8 or 11-7 (at best), finishing 6th or 5th in the league. Way too much talent in the other teams including some great incoming freshmen. The other teams' leaving players is an important variable, as so many posters have pointed out, but I think Adam and Mike's degree of improvement would be an equally important factor!
PS. This is the night we lost in the NIT championship game and I'm a bit angry and depressed by our poor showing! :)(:
I can feel the hype and being overrated already. Maybe I'm just bitter after tonight's performance.
yeah - agree with oaken too
btw - i think that "hulse" guy just got awarded with a 6th year at IN for some medical extra red shirt - not sure of the details .....
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I think Iowa will be picked fourth in the preseason B1G polls - enough to acknowledge the expected improvement from this past season, but still a bit behind the traditional powers at this point. However, this program will have higher expectations entering a season than it has in a long time.
Here's my rough draft, assuming Oladipo, Zeller, Burke, and DeShaun Thomas go pro. NBADraft.net currently has Robinson, Hardaway, and McGary as 1st round picks, so if Michigan loses those guys they could fall a long way. I could also see Payne and Harris leaving MSU, but I think they'll both stick around for another year. Obviously, a lot will depend on who goes pro and who stays in school.
1. Michigan State
3. Ohio State
11. Penn State
Be very tough to replace. They do have a great recruiting class coming in but not sure where the scoring will come from. If Hanner improves this summer he could be a force but e looked very raw this year. Other than that Noah Vonleh, Troy Williams will need to step up as a true freshman
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