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davegilbertson

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It's crazy to think that if we would have won Saturday we would have been probably #8 or so in the polls. And if we won tonight and if we win Saturday in Columbia the chances of us being top 5 would be extremely high. Oof.

As it stands, after tonight and if we win in Columbia and depending how teams ahead of us do, we're likely 7th or 8th.
I do want to see how this squad responds to being hunted. In previous years the dark horse seemed like ISU's security blanket
 

SEIOWA CLONE

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How Houston didn't drop more than 8-10 spots after LOSING at HOME to a poor Temple team is unreal. No way they should be in the Top 10 after that fiasco is beyond me.
It's simple, there is not a great team in the whole country, every one of them has faults. So, when Houston loses, even at home, there just isn't a bunch of teams that are thought to be good enough to jump them.
 

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It's simple, there is not a great team in the whole country, every one of them has faults. So, when Houston loses, even at home, there just isn't a bunch of teams that are thought to be good enough to jump them.
Well, whatever bracket they are in... if they are gifted the ONE seed, I hope ISU is in it.
 

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I’d be OK resting Grill for the next week. Cyclones just need to split the next two road games (Mizzou and Tech), get everyone rested and healthy for the conference stretch run starting with KU on Feb 4.
Crazy that ESPN gives us a 62% chance on Saturday against a team that's been ranked at different times this year. But 50% chance against an 0-7 conf team that we beat by 35 Shows how tough this conference is.
 

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When you play that hard all the time, good things happen. I'm continually just so damn impressed by the effort this team gives on a night in/night out basis. Just so much fun to watch.
I agree, I just hope these hard-won wins don’t become Phyrric victories by the end of the season b/c of the toll Cyclones’ style of play exacts on players’ bodies. It would be a huge bummer to claw to 12-6 conference record and high NCAA seed, but have key players out or limited due to injuries. TJ’s style of play definitely favors a deep bench.
 

madguy30

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I agree, I just hope these hard-won wins don’t become Phyrric victories by the end of the season b/c of the toll Cyclones’ style of play exacts on players’ bodies. It would be a huge bummer to claw to 12-6 conference record and high NCAA seed, but have key players out or limited due to injuries. TJ’s style of play definitely favors a deep bench.

In the first week of February last season is when they really hit a lull and looked like they were playing under water in a few games.

There's depth and hopefully a good plan to manage that this season.

I like the gap of days between @ Tech and hosting KU.
 
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Crazy that ESPN gives us a 62% chance on Saturday against a team that's been ranked at different times this year. But 50% chance against an 0-7 conf team that we beat by 35 Shows how tough this conference is.
The Red Raiders are a fallen program currently, but still won't be an easy out. They basically get to play spoiler the rest of the way and will have a giant chip on their shoulder. My question is, how good is their culture? If there are locker room issues, they may continue to unravel. They have a lot of upperclassmen though, so I'm guessing they'll remain pretty solid unless the L's continue to pile up. They will have Aimaq on Monday, we didn't see him in Ames.
 

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