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    We exceeded expectations!

    Yes, I am being facetious with this post, but it is true nonetheless. Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, by far and away the best season preview out there, had us for dead last in the conference, and Sporting News, also a very good one IMO, had us 11th.

    Yeah, small consolation I know, but I do think it's important that for the most part the "experts" knew what they were talking about. I remember at the start of the season some fans were excited that we started 3-0 after beating some mediocre mid to low-major teams and I had to shake my head in bemusement.

    Look, I'm not happy with how the season has turned out either, but like most people here, I will give McD a chance next year to turn things around, especially if Brackins returns. His detractors will point out (and accurately so) that he never won a regular-season championship at UNI, but he still took a program with pretty much no basketball tradition to three straight NCAA tournaments, with two of them being at-large berths. At a school with limited financial resources and no tradition like UNI, that is DAMN hard to do people.

    I don't think he forgot how to coach during the 1 hr. and 45 minuhte drive from Cedar Falls to Ames. That being said, if we have this same record at this point next season with our returning personell and incoming talent, then I think an argument for change is certainly valid.


    Anyway, feel free to comment and discuss....



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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    Any change at this point seems pointless, given that a buyout would put us even further behind the curve. We do need to give McD a chance, and it won't hurt to shave some years off a ridiculous 2015 contract.



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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    Most of the time, the experts don't do any research, so their opinions don't matter a whole lot, unless they're reviewing North Carolina or one of the most major programs. Still, they had it about right, and I'm glad that we exceeded what they expected.

    Your point about winning at UNI is very good. If it was easy, more people would have done it, but every NCAA tournament UNI has ever been to has McDermott at the middle (since he started at center for their first appearance).

    The guy knows what he's doing. I think he'll get it done, starting with next season.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    Most of the time, the experts don't do any research, so their opinions don't matter a whole lot, unless they're reviewing North Carolina or one of the most major programs. Still, they had it about right, and I'm glad that we exceeded what they expected.

    I have to respectfully disagree with you, at least with Blue Ribbon. They do at least a page on every single Division I team, including the low-major teams and conferences that no one ever hears about or pays attention to. This seasons yearbook is 384 pages long.



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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUChippewa View Post
    Most of the time, the experts don't do any research, so their opinions don't matter a whole lot, unless they're reviewing North Carolina or one of the most major programs. Still, they had it about right, and I'm glad that we exceeded what they expected.

    I have to respectfully disagree with you, at least with Blue Ribbon. They do at least a page on every single Division I team, including the low-major teams and conferences that no one ever hears about or pays attention to. This seasons yearbook is 384 pages long.
    I said most of the time. I'm willing to acknowledge an exception. In my post, I was stating that they were about right on as far as placing us.


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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    Sorry Erik, I guess my eyes skipped over the "most of the time" phrase.



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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    No biggie


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: We exceeded expectations!

    Next season will go a long ways in determining the future at ISU for McDermott.


    Go Cyclones!!

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