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    Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Yes I am drinking Kool-Aid but its not my fault. We have been predicted to finish 4th in what should be a solid Big 12 and that will result in another NCAA tourney trip if we do finish in top 5 of Big 12. The analyst might have good reasoning. Not only is Hoiberg well respected and his system clearly has worked no matter his players, but the guy is a genius at drawing up plays that utilizes his players best.

    Something else to note, according to CBS we have:
    -One of the best, sought out transfers in the country in Deandre Kane.
    -We have two of top 30 big men in the NCAA in Niang/Ejim.
    -We have one of the top 30 freshman in the country in Matt Thomas.
    -We have two of the top 100 best players in the NCAA in Niang/Ejim

    Not to mention a very deep bench in Long, Morris, Bluford, SDW, Gibson, etc.

    Pass the Kool-aid all around, but I think we are in for a treat this year. Not to mention what should be record attendances at Hilton with the season tickets and majority of games already solid out with a month unitl bball season! We may struggle early on in non-conference play while Hoiberg is finding the best line ups but I think we should be solid yet again! Is it basketball season yet?



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    My tickets showed up last night. Ready for some bball!


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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Could very well be possible. Last year's team was an offensive dream...defense, not so much. We let up a lot of baskets down the stretch of close games. That can't happen especially when the calls went against us.


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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    I don't see us struggling as badly as we did last year. Niang and Ejim have played together for a year now, so they will know how to dominate the front court together. Kane didn't have to sit out last year, so he's not going to be rusty like Lucious was at the start of last season. We have a good team and I don't expect a slow start at all. If we can beat Michigan, we earn ourselves a spot in the top 25. Hopefully by the time we play Iowa we are a top 15 team and they are as well to make it such a highly sought after game. It's definitely possible.



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Travis Hines@TravisHines2115m
    Take it for what it's worth, but Hoiberg said Ejim has been shooting 45 percent from 3-point range through the first 2 weeks of practice.



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Non con will be pretty tough for this team but when they get it put together they could be just as good, if not better, than the teams from the last 2 years.


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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyTwins View Post
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    Take it for what it's worth, but Hoiberg said Ejim has been shooting 45 percent from 3-point range through the first 2 weeks of practice.
    So we should have all shooters on the floor at all times..I'm liking this already!


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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    I think last years team will be better than this years but there is still a lot we don't know yet so anything's possible. I think the year after will be big for this team though.


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    Why would it? One bad game doesn't change a thing. Iowa will still be a darkhorse B1G championship contender, and Iowa State will be lucky to make the NIT.

    If you ask the basketball analysts outside the state of Iowa I think you would be surprised to hear their responses. Iowa was pegged as a preseason top 5 team by one ESPN analyst and is ranked in the vast, vast majority of preseason top 25 polls

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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    This will be his third best team in four years. Will we be in the NCAA tournament? Yes. Will we be as competitive in the third round of the NCAA tourney? No.


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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyTwins View Post
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    Take it for what it's worth, but Hoiberg said Ejim has been shooting 45 percent from 3-point range through the first 2 weeks of practice.
    While always my fifth choice to shoot the trey, I was never bothered when Mel did when within the flow of the offense. If he's improved his outside shot, this much, he becomes as difficult to guard as Georges. Matchup nightmare for our opponents.



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    I'm not concerned about Mel's shooting.

    What is Kane shooting from 3? That's more important in my mind.



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    A recruiting article in Lindy's Magazine had ISU 8th with this years class.

    "Honest to goodness, at some point over the next few seasons, Morris and Thomas will be talked and written about as being the very best college backcourts anywhere, in any region or any conference---no matter how high-powered the programs. "

    Pretty high praise! It's going to be fun watching them and them add then add R. Vaughn!



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUCubswin View Post
    This will be his third best team in four years. Will we be in the NCAA tournament? Yes. Will we be as competitive in the third round of the NCAA tourney? No.
    What? Can we wait for the matchups before saying stuff like this?



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    I hope you're right about the "solid Big 12" part, but I think we are going to have a rough time getting more than 4 to the dance this year unless Oklahoma or KState over-perform.
    I did enjoy the Kool-aid though.



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    Re: Most well rounded team of Hoiberg era thus far?

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I'm not concerned about Mel's shooting.

    What is Kane shooting from 3? That's more important in my mind.
    It is not his strength, although I'm sure it will improve. Regardless, it sounds like he gets into the lane at will and makes pretty good decisions with the ball. Even if he doesn't hit a lot of 3's for us, he can be a huge factor in Mel, Thomas, Niang, etc hitting some outside shots.



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