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    Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    I think this basketball team is beginning to look like it has some real promise for the season. Passes look crisper, our defense is improving, and I think we have shown signs of confidence in shooting the 3 ball. We also seem to be getting into our offensive sets quicker than we did earlier this season. I would grant that we have not played a tall, talented, and physical conference foe to a draw as of yet, but I am thinking that it is not outside the realm of possibility. Does anyone else think so, or is it the Kool Aid?
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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    We look like an NIT team, which is a significant jump from before.



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    I think you're definitely seeing improved play, but I'm still not certain that we will be able to maintain it. We're still young, and will likely be inconsistent. We're better, but I'm not convinced of NIT better just yet.



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Largely agree, though not sure how many wins into which this will translate - hoping for the best. However, I have been looking through the WOI telecast lenses which means I can't really see anything very well.



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    I'm optimistic about next year and beyond, but I still believe this season will be a struggle. If Gilstrap is the player we all think he is, next year will be lots of fun. I don't think we'll make the NIT this year but hopefully we're close. I'd love to watch us in postseason.



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Our defense has improved I think. In large part to Bryan Peterson, that guy has been great this year in ways that don't show up on the stat sheet.

    I think Brackins passing out of the double team has improved.

    I have always we thought we were confident with the three pointer...sometimes to much so.

    Not sure about the NIT as of yet. We have some great role players and a couple of studs.

    Either way, the thing I am most happy about is watching them finish a game in which they were tested. That is something to build on for sure!


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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    The guy's don't look lost like they did last year.

    Defense is better.

    Offense is better.

    We're still young and will make mistakes.

    I want 18 wins or better this year..



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    The consistent scoring droughts give me serious concern. In almost every game played this season (and last) - we've gone through significant scoring droughts. If we were playing almost any other team in the conference last night - the outcome is different.

    We must improve...

    - Falling asleep scoring the ball
    - Defending dribble penetration
    - Handling full or half court pressure



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Don't worry, we will lose our next two games and this board will be back in meltdown mode!



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    I think we are going to be very close to a NIT birth, to get it though I think we need to win a game we shouldn't win. I think next year should be good though



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Quote Originally Posted by Balrog View Post
    I think this basketball team is beginning to look like it has some real promise for the season. Passes look crisper, our defense is improving, and I think we have shown signs of confidence in shooting the 3 ball. We also seem to be getting into our offensive sets quicker than we did earlier this season. I would grant that we have not played a tall, talented, and physical conference foe to a draw as of yet, but I am thinking that it is not outside the realm of possibility. Does anyone else think so, or is it the Kool Aid?
    Thanks.

    Go Cyclones
    I think play has improved, but there are still a lot of issues. The TOs last night were terrible and even though CG has improved a lot, he still cannot get away from trying to do things that he isn't capable of.

    The long period of not scoring are really ugly. The defense is getting better, but you still need to score points.



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Don't worry, we will lose our next two games and this board will be back in meltdown mode!
    Very possible. We nearly blew the game last night at home to a bottom feeder. I think the Missouri game will be a good measuring stick game.



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    The consistent scoring droughts give me serious concern. In almost every game played this season (and last) - we've gone through significant scoring droughts. If we were playing almost any other team in the conference last night - the outcome is different.

    We must improve...

    - Falling asleep scoring the ball
    - Defending dribble penetration
    - Handling full or half court pressure
    I agree with your comment with regard to the scoring drouts. There was a time when we needed a basket, ........well, there was Fizer.
    I thought we handled the dribble penetration a bit better last night, than we have in the past.
    Full court pressure was a problem last night until we made some adjustments, (I think we turned the ball over several times before
    we got things cleared up.)
    Do you think the scoring drought last night was attributable to no one wanting to make a mistake, as in, playing not to lose?


    Last edited by Balrog; 01-15-2009 at 09:59 PM.
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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    I am impressed with the way we handle the press last night! ( I couldn't find the sarcasim pirate)



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    Re: Maybe it's the Cardinal and Gold lenses I am peering through but......

    Quote Originally Posted by Balrog View Post
    I agree with your comment with regard to the scoring drouts. There was a time when we needed a basket, ........well, there was Fizer.
    I thought we handled the dribble penetration a bit better last night, than we have in the past.
    Full court pressure was a problem last night until we made some adjustments, (I think we turned the ball over several times before
    we got things cleared up.)
    Do you think the scoring drought last night was attributable to no one wanting to make a mistake, as in, playing not to lose?
    Dribble penetration appeared better...competition was worse.

    As far as why we went through a scoring drought, it really does not matter to me. We consistently do it game after game. Sometimes early on, some times before the half, sometimes right out of the gate in the 2nd and other times late in the game. The only consistent thing is - we suffer a scoring drought.



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