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    This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    How do you think this years MBB team compares to the 2004-2005 NCAA team?

    Better, Worse, Similar?



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    I'd say more or less the same talent-wise, but I do think this year's team will turn heads



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone101 View Post
    How do you think this years MBB team compares to the 2004-2005 NCAA team?

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    That's interesting. The 2004 team was a backcourt oriented roster. This year's team is the opposite.

    I'd say that the 2004 team had more all around talent but if the two would play, I don't know anyone on Wayne's team that could really challenge Craig. He's just too athletic for Jackson or Jared. When you toss Gilstrap in the mix, that'd create all sorts of match-up problems.

    Curtis and Will would really pour it on this year's guards though.

    It's a toss up in my opinion but if I had to choose, I think I'd take this year's team.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    The difference between this year's team and that team are the guards. If you have great guards and can have some solid pieces around them you will be in great shape. Guard play can really carry a team a long ways.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    The difference between this year's team and that team are the guards. If you have great guards and can have some solid pieces around them you will be in great shape. Guard play can really carry a team a long ways.
    the Marquette recipe last year.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclone101 View Post
    How do you think this years MBB team compares to the 2004-2005 NCAA team?

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    04-05: Two excellent guards, experienced and capable pieces after that.
    09-10: An excellent big man. Potential + potential depth everywhere else

    Tough at this point. I have an idea of what Gilstrap, Christopherson, and Colvin and contribute, but that of course needs to play out. Projecting personal improvement by Garrett, Buckley, Staiger, and Hamilton tells me we should be incrementally better.

    Add it up, and throw in court chemistry, I think we can be pretty good. But again, it all has to play out - hopefully the way I'm thinking it does.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by gocubs2118 View Post
    The difference between this year's team and that team are the guards. If you have great guards and can have some solid pieces around them you will be in great shape. Guard play can really carry a team a long ways.
    Big men can carry a team a long ways too.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Will Blalock
    Curtis Stinson
    Rahshon Clark
    Damion Staple
    Jared Homan

    Diante Garrett
    Lucca Staiger
    Marquis Gilstrap
    Craig Brackins
    Justin Hamilton

    I think 2004-2005 would win 76-70. Hard to match up with Stinson and Blalock.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    I can only think of one way the two teams MAY be alike: the 04-05 team started big12 play 0-5! Considering we get KU, TX, @NU, @TTech, @OU...that could happen. hope it doesn't!



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by 06Panther View Post
    Big men can carry a team a long ways too.
    I actually think it was Homan that made the difference that year. Stinson and Blalock were great, but having that solid big man made a huge difference for them.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Why do so many forget about Homan's play that year. He was the difference maker.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisMWilliams View Post
    That's interesting. The 2004 team was a backcourt oriented roster. This year's team is the opposite.

    I'd say that the 2004 team had more all around talent but if the two would play, I don't know anyone on Wayne's team that could really challenge Craig. He's just too athletic for Jackson or Jared. When you toss Gilstrap in the mix, that'd create all sorts of match-up problems.

    Curtis and Will would really pour it on this year's guards though.

    It's a toss up in my opinion but if I had to choose, I think I'd take this year's team.
    Brackins has trouble with anyone who is stronger than him (see the Iowa game). I think both Jared and Jackson could have pushed him far enough out to minimize his effectiveness... The guards from 04 would have a hay day on this team and this years team would have all sorts of trouble breaking the press.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    I actually think it was Homan that made the difference that year. Stinson and Blalock were great, but having that solid big man made a huge difference for them.

    Homan allowed those guys to take chances on the press...



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Jared Homan would do terrible things to Hamilton in the low post area.



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    Re: This year's team compared to the 04-05 NCAA team?

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Why do so many forget about Homan's play that year. He was the difference maker.
    I forgot about him until the other week when he was ahead of me dumping beans at the elevator in Remsen...



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