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    5 keys to ISU MBB success

    I need to get my mind off the football debacle. So, with that being said, here are my 5 keys to ISU MBB success this season:

    1) Shoot the rock.
    In order for ISU to have any success this season, we are going to have to shoot the ball well, especially from 3 point range. This ISU team now looks very, very much like Greg's successful UNI teams. Those teams lived by the 3 ball, and this ISU team will as well. The potential is there with Lucca, Petey, Boozer, Ike, and Haluska. Not to mention that our bigs Brackins, Thompson, and JVB can all shoot the 3.

    2) Defend, defend, defend.
    ISU doesn't have a proven go-to type of scorer on the offensive end, therefore it is imparative we play tough defense. This team has the potential to do that, but it is going to have to be a team defense type of effort, because there isn't a great one on one type of defender on the roster outside of Cam Lee.

    3) Brackins gettin nasty
    CB is going to have to be the man in the middle for ISU. He has to play aggresively, and has to demand the ball in the post. When he catches down there, he has to make a strong move to the bucket with the ball, rather than just settling for a fade away jumpshot. Hopefully the Brackins we saw against TAMU in the Big 12 tourney is the CB we will see this season. Brackins most likely will command a double team in the post. When that happens he must make a sharp pass back out to the wing or hit cutters going to the basket. Last year Brackins, and ISU in general, struggled passing out of doubel teams. This has to improve this year to give our 3 point shooters good looks.

    4) Get to the rack.
    I'm talkin to you Diante Garret. Last year a huge problem was that ISU didn't make opponents pay for pressuring the ball. I love Brian Peterson's heart (I like him on the wing as a shooter and a secondary ball hanlder), but if we are relying on him as our primary ball handler again this season, look for less than 12 wins. DG was too weak and inexpereinced last season to handle the point full time. This season, he and Dominique Buckley have to be strong enough with the ball to make teams pay for pressuring one on one at half court by getting to the rim, and then either finishing themselves or dishing to a teammate for an easy bucket.

    5) Motion on offense
    ISU's offense last season had virtually no motion. Regardless of whether that was simply how the play was supposed to be run, or the players weren't executing, we can't have 3 players basically standing around each trip down the court. If the set calls for the PG to get to the rim, that's fine, but the other player on the court need to fugre out where they need to move to, whether that is crashing the boards or find an open spot on the wing. Last year it seemed with guys ran down the court to a spot and stood there until the other team got the ball. If the players were being coached this way, which I really hope wasn't the case, that needs to change immediately.


    There, now I feel better getting that crappy football game out of my head!



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    I'm hoping everyone can stay healthy this season, too. It's easy to forget that both Jiri and Wes were hurt the vast majority of the season last year - let's hope that we can keep the depth we have (at whatever level it may be).


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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    I need to get my mind off the football debacle. So, with that being said, here are my 5 keys to ISU MBB success this season:

    1) Shoot the rock.
    In order for ISU to have any success this season, we are going to have to shoot the ball well, especially from 3 point range. This ISU team now looks very, very much like Greg's successful UNI teams. Those teams lived by the 3 ball, and this ISU team will as well. The potential is there with Lucca, Petey, Boozer, Ike, and Haluska. Not to mention that our bigs Brackins, Thompson, and JVB can all shoot the 3.

    2) Defend, defend, defend.
    ISU doesn't have a proven go-to type of scorer on the offensive end, therefore it is imparative we play tough defense. This team has the potential to do that, but it is going to have to be a team defense type of effort, because there isn't a great one on one type of defender on the roster outside of Cam Lee.

    3) Brackins gettin nasty
    CB is going to have to be the man in the middle for ISU. He has to play aggresively, and has to demand the ball in the post. When he catches down there, he has to make a strong move to the bucket with the ball, rather than just settling for a fade away jumpshot. Hopefully the Brackins we saw against TAMU in the Big 12 tourney is the CB we will see this season. Brackins most likely will command a double team in the post. When that happens he must make a sharp pass back out to the wing or hit cutters going to the basket. Last year Brackins, and ISU in general, struggled passing out of doubel teams. This has to improve this year to give our 3 point shooters good looks.

    4) Get to the rack.
    I'm talkin to you Diante Garret. Last year a huge problem was that ISU didn't make opponents pay for pressuring the ball. I love Brian Peterson's heart (I like him on the wing as a shooter and a secondary ball hanlder), but if we are relying on him as our primary ball handler again this season, look for less than 12 wins. DG was too weak and inexpereinced last season to handle the point full time. This season, he and Dominique Buckley have to be strong enough with the ball to make teams pay for pressuring one on one at half court by getting to the rim, and then either finishing themselves or dishing to a teammate for an easy bucket.

    5) Motion on offense
    ISU's offense last season had virtually no motion. Regardless of whether that was simply how the play was supposed to be run, or the players weren't executing, we can't have 3 players basically standing around each trip down the court. If the set calls for the PG to get to the rim, that's fine, but the other player on the court need to fugre out where they need to move to, whether that is crashing the boards or find an open spot on the wing. Last year it seemed with guys ran down the court to a spot and stood there until the other team got the ball. If the players were being coached this way, which I really hope wasn't the case, that needs to change immediately.


    There, now I feel better getting that crappy football game out of my head!
    You do realize that these "5 keys" could be listed for nearly every team in America...correct?

    -good perimeter shooting, good defense, a strong post presence, a point guard that can drive and either finish or dish, and good movement on the offensive end.

    I'll bet these 5 would be on just about every coach in America's wish list for his team.



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    You do realize that these "5 keys" could be listed for nearly every team in America...correct?

    -good perimeter shooting, good defense, a strong post presence, a point guard that can drive and either finish or dish, and good movement on the offensive end.

    I'll bet these 5 would be on just about every coach in America's wish list for his team.
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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie View Post
    I'm hoping everyone can stay healthy this season, too. It's easy to forget that both Jiri and Wes were hurt the vast majority of the season last year - let's hope that we can keep the depth we have (at whatever level it may be).
    and unfortunately we needed them and Clark to play hurt to give us any chance. That doesn't make me too confident about the guys behind them when Wes at 50%, and Rahshon and Jiri at 65% are better than our bench.



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    Well there are a lot of newcomers this year so that is where the hope will have to stem from.



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    In order for this team to compete at the level ISU used to in the Big 12, Craig has to stay in the paint and absolutely dominate it. He needs to play like he did against A&M in the Big 12 tourney. He needs to stop throwin up three balls and needs to work on taking more balanced shots in the paint. We also need Lucca to live up to the hype and be a guy we can count on to get a bucket when we need one. DG has to play more controlled than last year but still be aggresive to the rack. Alex Thompson needs to not kill us because lets face it hes really not that good. Im hoping one of the new guys can fill his void quickly.



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy25 View Post
    Alex Thompson needs to not kill us because lets face it hes really not that good. Im hoping one of the new guys can fill his void quickly.
    We are going to need Thompson's defense and rebounding. Badly.

    If I were coach, I would put him in there, and tell him we need ZERO offense from him. Go in, play good post D, block out, dive for some loose balls, and you get a game ball for your effort.

    We need someone to do the little, dirty things.



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    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    We are going to need Thompson's defense and rebounding. Badly.

    If I were coach, I would put him in there, and tell him we need ZERO offense from him. Go in, play good post D, block out, dive for some loose balls, and you get a game ball for your effort.

    We need someone to do the little, dirty things.
    Two negatives from that. Thompson's D and rebounding are very inconsistant and IMO, very overrated.

    We know to have any chance we are going to need outside shooting. Having a zero offense post means that his man can help out on the perimeter more...



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    Thompson is not a good rebounder. He is an adequate defender. I hope VDB beats him out and plays the majority of the minutes at C.



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    Re: 5 keys to ISU MBB success

    Quote Originally Posted by isucyfan View Post
    We are going to need Thompson's defense and rebounding. Badly.

    If I were coach, I would put him in there, and tell him we need ZERO offense from him. Go in, play good post D, block out, dive for some loose balls, and you get a game ball for your effort.

    We need someone to do the little, dirty things.

    Besides the zero offense part, shouldnt we demand all of this from every player?



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    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    Two negatives from that. Thompson's D and rebounding are very inconsistant and IMO, very overrated.

    We know to have any chance we are going to need outside shooting. Having a zero offense post means that his man can help out on the perimeter more...
    Point taken, and I agree that his rebounding isn't as good as it should be. I do think his post D is better than you give credit for, but my point of reference last year was Jiri's post D!

    Also, I wasn't saying that we tell other teams that he will have no offense. I just think we need someone to step up and be a specialist, especially considering his limited offensive skills.

    Mark my word, we need Thompson, unless a freshman post really steps up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    Thompson is not a good rebounder. He is an adequate defender. I hope VDB beats him out and plays the majority of the minutes at C.
    We have already heard straight from McDermott that defense and rebounding are not VDB's strong suit...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cy25 View Post
    Besides the zero offense part, shouldnt we demand all of this from every player?
    Yes, but good teams always seem to have a guy who takes this to the next level. He's the one that's always sporting road rash and a black eye. I believe we've missed that over the last few years. It's usually a guy that is limited offensively, but contributes in other ways.



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    Wow, people are doing this to themselves again. You are setting yourself up for disappointment Snow.

    The simple fact of the matter is that this team couldn't score last year, and lost the top two offensive threats they had, plus Rahshon.

    I don't see where the offense comes from, yet. But the garbage schedule that is designed to get wins, should serve its purpose. And maybe somewhere in there we find guys that can score around Brackins. I don't see it, but maybe, hopefully, I am wrong.

    I would also like to see Greg let them play this year. The best stretch we played last year was the Vegas tournament. We got up and down the floor, and played ok, we beat Purdue. Then after Alabama abused Petey, it seemed he went right back to slow down ball with him directing traffic from the sidelines, which led to throwing the ball around and ending up shooting 30 footers with shot clock set to go off. Just horrible to watch, and led to lots of alcohol.



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