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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Much tougher mentally than previous teams. I'll give Kane a lot of credit for that. Plays with attitude. Toughest player Hoiberg has had thus far.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Hoiberg's "weather the storm'' mentality has been a huge confidence booster even when the team gets of to a sluggish start or struggle shooting the ball. I also feel like the improved defense leads to improvements in all other areas of the game.



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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.
    One of the things I'm most impressed with Fred for is his willingness to listen and learn. Hiring in Doc Sadler is an example. I think we'll continue to see him bring in "emeritus" head coaches to spend a year or two mentoring him.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    We don't take any mid-range jumper.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    The hire of Doc S. was incredibly well timed, because this year's team would not have made the NIT if they played as poorly on defense as last years. Offensively this teams is good, but without a consistent outside shooter teams collapsed on D to stop Kane from driving and took their chances with the outside shots. Good defense got the Clones through some of those ugly shooting games. If GN could get his 3 pt shot back, this team would be scary good.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Defense


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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by CornFedIABoy View Post
    One of the things I'm most impressed with Fred for is his willingness to listen and learn. Hiring in Doc Sadler is an example. I think we'll continue to see him bring in "emeritus" head coaches to spend a year or two mentoring him.

    Guess I see Fred's style a little differently. I see a willingness to delegate responsibility. I think Fred takes a team approach to coaching similar to the way he asks his players to play games. He feels there is plenty to do for everyone. After Bobby L. he was no longer looking for a mentor. What he saw in Doc was a wealth of experience and someone that could handle responsibility. Doc has earned Fred's respect by responding when asked and pitching in to get the job done.

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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    3 letters: A B C....Always-Be-Closing

    This years team, whether it's coaching or just a change in player's mentality, plays their best when they have to, and are so strong at the end of games. They battle back from late game deficits, make clutch shots, and hit free throws when they have to.

    Michigan, BYU, UNI, Iowa, Boise St, KSt, OU, @OkSt, Okst, KSt, KU, & Baylor. All games they had to be tough down the stretch to win.

    I think @OU & @KSt were the only times when they had a real chance to get the win, but they couldn't come up with one more big shot, or get one more big stop.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Defense (thanks Doc!), and finishing games!



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Guts, toughness, tenacity, never-say-die...whatever you want to call it, this team's attitude is the difference. We still have a lot of defensive lapses, we are not better offensively (especially 3-pt shooting), we have been mauled on the glass at times...doesn't matter. In all but 1 situation, this team has fought back to at least make a run and more often than not simply beat the other team into submission. Time and time again it's happened and what's most impressive is that it's not always the same players leading the charge.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Defense and overall toughness.

    Some of the improvements in each of those areas I think is due to the addition of Doc, but some of it is also the players we have.



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    Re: Biggest improvement over prior Hoiberg teams...

    Quote Originally Posted by WastedTalent View Post
    3 letters: A B C....Always-Be-Closing

    This years team, whether it's coaching or just a change in player's mentality, plays their best when they have to, and are so strong at the end of games. They battle back from late game deficits, make clutch shots, and hit free throws when they have to.

    Michigan, BYU, UNI, Iowa, Boise St, KSt, OU, @OkSt, Okst, KSt, KU, & Baylor. All games they had to be tough down the stretch to win.

    I think @OU & @KSt were the only times when they had a real chance to get the win, but they couldn't come up with one more big shot, or get one more big stop.
    @BU as well. Tied game with two minutes left and let BU go on a 13-0 run to end the game.

    But, I still totally agree with your statement. This group is tough and has shown us enough to trust them in tight spots.



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