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    Hoops In the Heartland

    Hoops in the heartland - espnW

    A feel good story about women's hoops in the Big 12...not much can match it.

    I like how they point out that Iowa State can pull in a crowd of almost 10,000 every game in a town of less than 60,000 poeple.



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    Re: Hoops In the Heartland

    Quote Originally Posted by CY9008 View Post
    Hoops in the heartland - espnW

    A feel good story about women's hoops in the Big 12...not much can match it.

    I like how they point out that Iowa State can pull in a crowd of almost 10,000 every game in a town of less than 60,000 poeple.
    except for non-womans basketball.


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    Re: Hoops In the Heartland

    Great article - always good to see the Big 12 get some recognition. There's a reason this league is the best in the country: we have the best teams, best coaches, and best fans.


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    Re: Hoops In the Heartland

    "A significant segment of the team's supporters attend games to watch the Ambassador, not the players. That's a good thing, because she (or he) doesn't have an NCAA-mandated expiration date."

    I thought that was an interesting line. I agree that Big 12 coaches do a great job and, yes, many are very entertaining, but I don't know many people who go to games just to see the coaches (or as is referenced here, Ambassadors). That being said, I think the Big 12 has some coaches that do get quite a bit of name recognition compare to other areas. Storied coaches, storied teams, etc.

    Some other interesting lines:

    "Because unlike men's basketball fans, those who attend women's games aren't necessarily fans of women's basketball. They're fans of their team. More specifically, they attend because they feel a connection to the Ambassador and the Ambassador's players"

    "Blair, who left Arkansas seven years ago for Texas A&M, says no coach voluntarily bolts the Big 12 for a job in another conference."

    "By contrast, Iowa State's rabid fan base isn't just a tool for Fennelly to lure players; it also attracts recruits to, say, Oklahoma State and Kansas, because they're assured of big crowds on the road."

    "Harvey nods his head, "I wouldn't go across the street to watch the men play, but I'll drive an hour to watch Kim and the girls. He has no time for what he believes is a bastardized version of the game, despite the fact that Baylor's men were ranked in the Top 10 for most of the season and reached the Elite Eight. Harvey prefers the fundamentals -- footwork, screens, movement -- readily present in women's basketball. And he likes what he sees off the court, too, that Kim's girls reach out to the community while their male counterparts come off as aloof."

    "On a game night, approximately one out of every six residents of Ames is inside the Hilton Coliseum. Bill Fennelly has coached the Cyclones for 15 years, and the man can't grab a gallon of milk at the grocery store without stopping to chat about his girls. "It's one thing to show up to a game," Fennelly says. "It's another thing to show up and be invested. It's the environment. It's not just the fans; it's the way people work hard to make this a special place for the kids."

    "Fennelly can charm the folks of Ames, but the Hilton Coliseum sells out because Iowa State has executed all parts of the formula."





    Overall, good article. As Buster28 said, it never gets old seeing Iowa State and the Big 12 in a positive light.



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    Re: Hoops In the Heartland

    Quote Originally Posted by simville02 View Post
    "Harvey nods his head, "I wouldn't go across the street to watch the men play, but I'll drive an hour to watch Kim and the girls. He has no time for what he believes is a bastardized version of the game, despite the fact that Baylor's men were ranked in the Top 10 for most of the season and reached the Elite Eight. Harvey prefers the fundamentals -- footwork, screens, movement -- readily present in women's basketball. And he likes what he sees off the court, too, that Kim's girls reach out to the community while their male counterparts come off as aloof."
    Perhaps the first time ever that this year's Men's Baylor squad and the word "fundamentals" have appeared in the same paragraph.


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