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    NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    I just got done reading Randy Peterson's latest blog on the Des Moines Register's website.

    Peterson about this year's Iowa State team and the NCAA tournament.

    My Take: I think it is safe to say that we all think this can can make the Dance. But is that a reasonable expectation based off of what we saw last year?

    Granted, this roster looks totally different than the one a year ago. That's what makes things so excited for fans...the unknown. But to expect an NCAA tournament birth...do you guys think that is fair?

    Personally, I do. This team is loaded with talent. To me, the key for this team to really take off with be point guard play. I'm not even talking about Diante Garret either. I really want to see Dominique Buckley and Chris Colvin emerge so Garret can get to the wing. I don't want to see him there all of the time, but I want the option to be in Mac's back pocket. I think that will give this offense an explosion factor that we haven't seen before.

    Just a few quick thoughts. What do you guys think?



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    I think it's reasonable. I'm absolutely believing right now that it's going to happen.

    It's a long way away, but the excitement is very real.


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    yes. we have an NBA Lotttery pick in our midst. If not now, when?


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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    McDermott better hope it happens. This is going to be his best shot.


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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    Quote Originally Posted by cycloneML View Post
    yes. we have an NBA Lotttery pick in our midst. If not now, when?
    Solid point my friend.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    This team has 10x's the talent of any of his UNI teams and the past 3 years can be forgotten for a run in the tourney. If McD can't do it with this squad, don't think he will ever do it at ISU.

    Remember a few years back, where us fans didn't think of making the tourney as an obtainable goal, but the goal was to win the Big 12, make sweet 16 runs, flirt with a final four............now we HOPE ISU finishes in the top half of the conference.

    This is the year for McD to build a base of bringing us back to our old expectations.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    I expect it. Injuries are the only excuse for me...it's what I fear.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cydkar View Post
    I expect it. Injuries are the only excuse for me...it's what I fear.
    I feel like I should be telling you not to get your hopes up...............


    Since we are an elite team now, let's go get that One Cyclone Moment.
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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    Totally expected. I'm completely all-in on this team and am pumped. Can't wait for the season to start and it should be an exciting season. I keep hearing the style of play is going to have a faster tempo now that we look to have the players to support it and more depth.

    It's NCAA tournament or bust this year - period.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    I absolutely expect it. If McD doesn't make it, he needs to be fired. You have to make it with this talent. If he doesn't, he can't coach in the Big XII. Placing 7-12 year after year is unacceptable.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    Not trying to be Debbie Downer, but with the amount of talent on this team, if everyone stays healthy and we fail to make the tournament, Greg McDermott will never get it at done at ISU and is a bad coach. Hilton Magic will completely die as we are forced to ride out the rest of his mega contract (one thing Pollard really screwed up).

    If this team goes to the tournament it means that McDermott ISN'T over his head, and is a good coach taking the program in the right direction.


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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    If he can't do it this year then I have to wonder if he ever can... Next year, especially if we don't get Barnes, could be a very long year again.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    Put me in the "If not now, then when?" crowd. We lose Brackins and Gilstrap (most likely) next year and while we have some good recruits coming in, we will be young again.

    This is likely McDermott's most talented team EVER as a coach. And I have faith in him that he will accomplish a lot of things this year.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    I agree about "if not now, when" playing a role - but I really look at it from a talent sense - not a hypothetical "it may never happen with Greg" view. That doesn't really relate to this season as far as on-court performance.

    I want our staff to know this is a key season but on the other hand, I'd rather they not be looking over their shoulder and pressing to win.



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    Re: NCAA Tournament an Expectation for ISU?

    Imo it depends on a few variables.

    1. Imo- overall the Big 12 is down in depth other than KU & UT (which may be the strongest top 2 the Big 12 has ever had)
    -OU will take a step back
    -KSU is a bit of a wildcard, but still solid none the less
    -I think Mizzou, OSU, A&M, & ISU are all somewhere thereafter.

    2. We need our PG to be a threat to hit a wide open three at the top of the key. This will keep defenses honest and force matchup problems on CB

    3. Slashing ability from the 2 spot. This did not exist last year. Slashing will open up the middle of the d and provide more looks for CB

    4. Second big man stepping up and owning the boards. Defensive boards are an absolute must! Weren't we one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in the Big 12 last year? We cannot afford to let teams get second chances like we did last year.

    I think the dance is a somewhat reasonable expectation if a few of the above mentioned pieces fall into place, imo most importantly being DG being able to hit a wide open shot from the top of the key.


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