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I seem to remember the victory over IU last year was largely a consequence of Gatens shooting unconscious. He hit something like 6 of 6 treys. That performance really warped the IU defensive play. Without a similar performance, we will have a really tough time against IU this year.
We have the talent to play almost on a equal footing with IU The 6 point spread sounds about right to me. If we get hot, or one of our guys does a great Gatens imitation, we should win. But talent-wise, IU has the horses to beat us, heads up, even if they don't get a superhuman effort from anyone.
The perspective that makes me feel good about the coming Big Ten season is the stability and depth that we have developed. Last year, if Marble, Gatens, or Besabe had a bad game, we were sunk. Now we have other players who can step up and fill the voids. Unless we get a Ted Valentine hosing, foul trouble should not kill us. It can make the upset more difficult to pull off, but not impossible.
But the best part of following the Hawks this season is the expectation that no matter how we play in any one game, we can expect a great game on most nights and that means a lot more satisfying wins than we have enjoyed form our Hawks the last 6-8 years.
edited for improved word selection.
This post was edited by WiscHawk on 12/30/2012 at 9:47 PM
I'm not feeling this one: IU 78 Iowa 70.
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