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    This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Gotta love all the excuse mongering from the CR Gazette. The Iowa Girls win was the headline story, and then this one basically saying Iowa State's win was no big deal. He needs some therapy.

    ISU just fine win less-than-pretty win
    By Mike Hlas
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    There will be better days for the men's basketball teams of Iowa and Iowa State.

    Saturday's 56-47 ISU win over the Hawkeyes in Hilton Coliseum, however, wasn't one of the epic battles in a classic rivalry. Cyclones Coach Greg McDermott mildly bristled when a questioner suggested it may have been sloppy, since his guys had a mere six turnovers (Iowa had just 10).

    OK, so ``sloppy'' doesn't fully qualify. How about ``less than aesthetically and technically perfect?'' Or ``brick-filled?''

    Iowa shot 32.1 percent from the field, ISU 31.4. But the Cyclones played better defensively and more aggressively in front of 14,376 fans who treated this game as every bit as important as any other in the ISU-Iowa series.

    Did it matter that Iowa State was coming off a 79-44 humiliation at Drake three days earlier? Nope.

    Did it matter that Iowa didn't have the services of guard Tony Freeman due to a sore foot, while sore-footed Wesley Johnson gave the Cyclones 27 minutes? Sure.

    Did it matter that ISU seniors Rahshon Clark and Jiri Hubalek showed up to the tune of 29 points, while Iowa senior big men Kurt Looby and Seth Gorney had a combined zero points in 30 minutes. Oh yeah.

    Did it matter that this game bore absolutely nothing in common to the Cyclones' 102-100 overtime win over Iowa here 20 Decembers ago, that ISU's Lafester Rhodes scored 54 points all by himself that night when sublime talent on both squads staged an unforgettable basketball show?

    Not at all. Not to Hubalek, anyhow, who high-fived every fellow ISU student within arm's reach after the game and pointed to others too far away to touch.

    Hubalek got benched by McDermott after blowing a defensive assignment a minute into the game, allowing Iowa freshman Jarryd Cole to score the game's first two points. McDermott talked, Hubalek listened, then went on to be his team's leader in points (15) and a co-leader in effort and spirit.

    If all those screaming fans had been in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and supporting the Hawkeyes, Iowa probably wins this game. That's no slap at the Cyclones, just a statement on the fragility of both teams at this point in time.

    Iowa was three days removed from a surprising win at Northern Iowa, but that was the one game this season that Freeman played. If it was too sore for him to return three days later, it brings concern for the rest of the season. What if it turns into a stress fracture? What's at risk here?

    Johnson has faced similar questions with the Cyclones. Like Freeman, he's a vital part to this club. Like Freeman, fingers will be crossed all season about his left foot.

    The skies are bluer inside the two teams' crystal balls than in the world they inhabit today. Freshmen accounted for two-thirds of Iowa's scoring Saturday. Cole had 15 points, seven offensive rebounds, and 35 minutes of here-I-come. Guard Jake
    Kelly ignored the ISU student section's jibes in adding 13 points over his own 35 minutes.

    The two teamed to go 11 of 19 from the floor. Their teammates were 7 of 37.

    Sophomore forward Johnson joins freshmen power forward Craig Brackins and guard Diante Garrett as nice pieces to what could be a real good equation in time. But in the words of Ringo Starr, time takes time. For both teams.

    ``When we went into Northern Iowa ... it's a nice accomplishment to win,'' Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said. ``But I really think you should expect to play good basketball. That's the idea.

    ``I'm hoping that's what we'll do. I'd like to be consistent in our play. Hopefully, we'll get to that point.''

    Maybe Iowa will turn around and knock off Drake Friday in Iowa City. How long has it been since anyone attached a ``maybe'' to that?

    No dissing Drake here. Not when it's in pursuit of its second straight state title. After enduring losses to UNI and Drake, Clark was happy to finish his career of in-state games with this victory over Iowa.

    ``I'll take a win any way we can get it, right, Coach?'' Clark asked.

    McDermott's reply: ``Good answer.''

    No 102-100 scores are on the near horizon for these two teams. We'll see some more 56-47 types, though. Any win, any way they can get it, will be good ones.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    WOW that guy is SOOOO EIU slanted. Not so much on the "being objective"




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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    This is exactly what I would have expected. It's a Rolaid for Hawkeye fans.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    I don't think it's that bad. He made some excuses, but gave props as well. It's an Eastern Iowa paper, not sure what you guys expect.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Some that know him personally have sworn he is not biased towards the hawks, but he simply has them snowed. Pretty much everything he writes is hawk slanted and contains numerous anti-Cyclone jabs.... hidden or otherwise.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Hlas is painful to listen to when he has his weekly 20 minutes on 600 AM. You can really tell why he chose print as his form of media.

    The article is what it is, anything more damning may have sent his readership (read: hawk fans) off the deep end.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    Hlas is painful to listen to when he has his weekly 20 minutes on 600 AM. You can really tell why he chose print as his form of media.

    The article is what it is, anything more damning may have sent his readership (read: hawk fans) off the deep end.
    So right.... he is horrible on the radio. I don't mind that he's pro-smuckeye..... just don't try to hide behind a false front of being impartial, when you aren't Mike.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    I didn't think it was that bad either...



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    I wouldn't get too worked up over this article or our win. We didn't exactly set the world on fire by shooting 31.4% from the field and this is a terrible Hawkeye team on top of of. I'll take a win against the Hawks any day but had this been a Big 12 game there aren't many teams we could have played like that against and still won.


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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Did it matter that Wesley can barely move? Did it matter that Staiger isn't available? Did it matter that Jiri is just now getting back to full speed?



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    I actually lived in Cedar Rapids for the past six years before moving to Ames to Ames this year. This guy drove me nuts. Granted, I am a clone fan living in Squawk land but for a guy that was supposed to so biased toward both teams he wasn't. When the Squawks won it was something huge and like they had just won a national title. But when there something done by the Clones, you wouldn't of even known because it was hardly mentioned by the paper at all.



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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Quote Originally Posted by Wx4Cy View Post
    Did it matter that Wesley can barely move? Did it matter that Staiger isn't available? Did it matter that Jiri is just now getting back to full speed?
    My thoughts exactly. We start two walkon guards and two gimps (JH and WJ), for cryin' out loud!! How many successful teams do that??


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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    He's just pandering to his audience, so its not all that surprising. I'm betting the Ames Tribune has a bit of a Cyclone slant.


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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    He's just pandering to his audience, so its not all that surprising. I'm betting the Ames Tribune has a bit of a Cyclone slant.
    Apples and Oranges.


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    Re: This guy at CR Gazette is a piece of work..

    Quote Originally Posted by benjay View Post
    I don't think it's that bad. He made some excuses, but gave props as well. It's an Eastern Iowa paper, not sure what you guys expect.
    Ditto, my thoughts exactly.


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