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    Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    It seems to me that one of the biggest improvements this year is the fact that this team can handle an off shooting night much better than prior Hoiberg teams. If shots are not falling, Fred makes quick adjustments to balance the attack. In many cases, once we start scoring in the post the shooting touch has come back. It also helps having several players that move well under the bucket.

    I think this change gives us the opportunity for a deep run.


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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    But if they get hot............they are basically unbeatable. Need to see more of the 8/10 from 3 land like we did in the last 30 minutes of the Baylor game.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneJob View Post
    It seems to me that one of the biggest improvements this year is the fact that this team can handle an off shooting night much better than prior Hoiberg teams. If shots are not falling, Fred makes quick adjustments to balance the attack. In many cases, once we start scoring in the post the shooting touch has come back. It also helps having several players that move well under the bucket.

    I think this change gives us the opportunity for a deep run.
    That and defense. Niang has been a lot smarter about picking up fouls. There have been a few exceptions but last year it was the norm for him to get in early foul trouble. He still gets a lot of fouls but they're more playing hard and smart fouls than silly ones like last year.

    We're better on D now than we were a month ago. The way we had Monte shadowing Heslip, then when Cherry was killing us we clearly challenged Kane to shut him down and he did big time.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    But if they get hot............they are basically unbeatable. Need to see more of the 8/10 from 3 land like we did in the last 30 minutes of the Baylor game.
    Getting hot on the right night gives us the opportunity to get to the Final Four or beyond. (In contrast to "First Four")


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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Lets not forget that we are playing better defense overall this year as well. This also helps us weather poor shooting performances. The Baylor game is the perfect example. At the beginning of the game, we couldn't hit a shot to save our life, but the only thing that kept things from getting too out of hands is our good defense during that stretch.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    I think all of that comes from the mentality of this team. This team appears to be so strong mentally. They're so calm and they don't get flustered even when down 10+. I love it!


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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by HFCS View Post
    That and defense. Niang has been a lot smarter about picking up fouls. There have been a few exceptions but last year it was the norm for him to get in early foul trouble. He still gets a lot of fouls but they're more playing hard and smart fouls than silly ones like last year.

    We're better on D now than we were a month ago. The way we had Monte shadowing Heslip, then when Cherry was killing us we clearly challenged Kane to shut him down and he did big time.
    Yeah, I noticed several times the last couple weeks Niang and Ejim knowing when you are better off letting them get the bucket vs. cheap foul.

    And yeah, Morris and Hogue are great on D..heck, so is Naz.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Better on defense, well rounded, have more than one guy who can take over if needed, unselfish, can penetrate and score in the paint instead of just three pointers. Oh and clutch(Naz).



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    I think one thing we look past is that this is only Fred's fourth year coaching. On ANY level. He's still learning the job. We just forget it because of such an amazing turnaround he's had so quickly, but he's getting better and better every year. The ceiling on his ability in coaching is unimaginable.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    I agree with defense. I also think we have fewer wasted possessions this year than we have in the past, mainly due to fewer turn overs.*

    *this excludes Deandre Kane end of half/game situations!



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Doubling down on the big guys has really saved Niang and Ejim a bunch of fouls this year. I'm guessing Doc had something to do with that. Also, all the practices MM has had to go against DK has sure helped his defense.


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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrocksmypants View Post
    I think one thing we look past is that this is only Fred's fourth year coaching. On ANY level. He's still learning the job. We just forget it because of such an amazing turnaround he's had so quickly, but he's getting better and better every year. The ceiling on his ability in coaching is unimaginable.
    Agree totally. I think his game management is pretty stellar (a lot of that is to not panic if a team goes on a run and understand that he has time to chip away at the lead....like the Baylor game). I read an article about his "book of plays" that he maintains and has his coaches pull from clips he sees from NBA teams for various situations. That play he ran with like .5 on the clock before the half in the Big 12 tourney (Georges missed the bunny...appeared he went quick to avoid the buzzer) was perfect.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneJob View Post
    Getting hot on the right night gives us the opportunity to get to the Final Four or beyond. (In contrast to "First Four")
    Yep. That's what makes me nervous and gets me excited. Last week we were able to grind out wins (the first half of the baylor game I was about sick how we were NOT hot)....but if we get a night where we are getting the 50/50 balls, hitting our shots, and playing smart, we could beat anyone.....but as you know in tourney time, another team does the same thing and you could lose to an inferior team. Just hope Ejim and Kane especially can continue to play controlled ball with the passion of the "could be last college game."



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Offensively I'm not sure we are better than last year or when Royce White was in town. Our 3 point average isn't stellar and neither is free throws. Defense I think is the main difference. We're playing that a lot better than we were and defense is what wins championships.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    I think as well, previous years teams were pretty much set to play their game. If ISU was allowed to play their game, it was a good night for ISU. On the other hand, if teams were able to dictate tempo, it was almost assured ISU would get beat. This team just seems better to adjusting to what's available this year.

    Granted, some nights were better than others, but other than the WVU game, I don't remember watching a game I thought for sure ISU had no chance. Well, maybe the UNI game when they were down by 18, but even then, they proved they can adjust and get on the right side. They seem to have a strong, don't quit attitude, even though a lot of the times, the fans do.

    (yes, I still have it marked from the OK St. game when a poster on here said we wouldn't win another game this year) Thank god the players don't think like us fans.



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