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    What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    I just have this feeling that we will improve. Not very much though. Enough to keep Gmac's job. The problem occurs that we will not have Brack following that year or Gillstrap who I think will be pretty good after the first break. Juco guys never come in an have immediate impact. Usually takes them a little time to catch up with there role in the game.

    So I hope I am wrong but I don't see an end to this crap for a while. I hope Gmac can do it. I like the guy. I don't think he would ever bail on us for a Better program.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    I think we will be solid. Look better against teams than this year. But win loss may just be a few games over current. Who knows though, the team could gel alot quicker this time around.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    I think people start these threads just so they can bait me in and call me a McDermott basher.


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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    If CB comes back coupled with Gilstrap and Colvin coming in along with off-season improvement by the rest of the team I look for ISU to finish in the top half of the Big XII and be a bubble team. If CB leaves for the NBA I think we will have a similar record to this year (+ or -) one or two games. GMac’s ultimate fate may be determined before the season even starts next year if CB leaves for the NBA and the November recruiting class isn’t a strong one. I am a huge GMac fan and I want to see him succeed. I am optimistic about the future!



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    I just have this feeling that we will improve. Not very much though. Enough to keep Gmac's job. The problem occurs that we will not have Brack following that year or Gillstrap who I think will be pretty good after the first break. Juco guys never come in an have immediate impact. Usually takes them a little time to catch up with there role in the game.

    So I hope I am wrong but I don't see an end to this crap for a while. I hope Gmac can do it. I like the guy. I don't think he would ever bail on us for a Better program.
    Special Juco's come in right away and excel. Tinsley, Willoughby, Pratt, Cato.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    Quote Originally Posted by clone52 View Post
    Special Juco's come in right away and excel. Tinsley, Willoughby, Pratt, Cato.
    This. Gilstrap is special.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    My gut feeling tells me we will be much improved.. Brackins, i think, is coming back and the overall improvement of Hamilton, DG, JVB, and Staiger will improve us at least 4-5 wins. IF, and that's a big IF, Gilstrap, Colvin, and Pomlee can provide some quality minutes, we will improve by another 2-3 wins. Our core next year will be juniors, so I hope to see a major improvement in strength and court awareness.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    If Brackins comes back, this team has no reason, on paper, to fail to make the NCAA's. However, I don't think they will. We will be lucky for NIT. If Brackins goes pro, we'll be worse... You wanted gut feeling, there it is.


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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    The negative side in me thinks if Craig leaves, Gilstrap and Colvin aren't as good as advertised, and a certain some one doesn't sign with the good guys in November, it could get real tough for Gmac.

    But I'm more of an optomistic guy.

    Realistically though, if Brackins comes back, everyone improves their game a little, we get some new blood in the recruits and redshirts, I really think we could be a solid NIT/NCAA bubble team.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    Quote Originally Posted by Drizzle View Post
    My gut feeling tells me we will be much improved.. Brackins, i think, is coming back and the overall improvement of Hamilton, DG, JVB, and Staiger will improve us at least 4-5 wins. IF, and that's a big IF, Gilstrap, Colvin, and Pomlee can provide some quality minutes, we will improve by another 2-3 wins. Our core next year will be juniors, so I hope to see a major improvement in strength and court awareness.
    I agree.

    I think less people hit the wall in Jan/Feb, since we won't be counting so much on first-year college players. Conditioning should be better. They all know (or soon will) what's expected of them for next year, so next year can essentially begin right now.

    If Craig comes back, and Gilstrap is solid, this team looks completely different, and I envision more open looks for the three-point shooters.


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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    w/o Brack: the same as this year
    w/ Brack: Maybe a few games better in the Big 12.

    I'm sorry, I just don't see this team being much better next year...I hope I'm wrong.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    Just a this season's success hinged on one player (WJ) returning, the same exists for next year. If CB stays, ISU has a reasonable chance to make the tourney. He leaves, and another below average, disappointing season.


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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    If Craig stays, then I will undoubtedly agree with num1's thread about the anticipation on Selection Sunday, because that always was awesome.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    I think we'll be better. They have the Spain trip this offseason to continue to gel and get some extra practice time in as well which hasn't been mentioned.

    Ultimately it comes down to Brackins. If he comes back I will expect 20+ wins and an NCAA birth. If he does not I'll hope for the NIT.



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    Re: What is everyones gut feeling on ISU basketball next year

    I think IF everyone comes back and the recruits coming in actually come to ISU, I think we will win 1 or 2 more games in the Big 12. If what usually happens happens, and we loose 3 to 4 players then I think we will be worse.


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