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I was aware of the Tony Snell thing before this week.
But then he did it again:
Tony Snell last night:— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) December 9, 2021
He did it again. pic.twitter.com/vGDoiVgbkU
For those unfamiliar:
Tony Snell is a weird basketball player pic.twitter.com/uXeZSyujOV— Published Author (@Ter0me) December 9, 2021
The first one, of course, fascinates me the most. How do you log 28 minutes on an NBA court without putting up a single stat?
And yes, many fans' first instinct is "I could've at least put up a stat in one column."
I'm... not so sure.
But it doesn't mean it's not worth talking about. Conceding points, blocks, and rebounds for all eternity, it has to come down to assists or steals. In my opinion, in a life or death situation, I think steals are the way to go. Shade off your defender (lol, like he hasn't already blown by you) and try to hawk a deflection from someone on your team who can, yanno, actually defend.
I reached out to my buddy who coached a state championship team in HS basketball for some additional perspective.
I think the volume of steals in comparison to rebounds or assists makes it more likely that you could try for those, but would be more likely to cash in on another stat.
(The average player is) not going to get a blocked shot. Points are going to be really hard to come by if someone is guarding them at all. They might be able to sneak free in a scramble or fast break to hit a jumper, but the odds are not good.
They can box out to some extent, but anything around the rim is going to be grabbed by guys who are a full foot taller (with verticals that amplify that disparity).
Maybe run after every long rebound? Hope to complete a pass to a teammate for an assist?
Yes -- dimes. Selflessness was always the key.
Also can I be on the Milwaukee Bucks please.
"Don't spend a lot of time imagining the worst-case scenario. It rarely goes down as you imagine it will, and if by some fluke it does, you will have lived it twice."
12/9 - No. 17 Iowa State 73, Iowa 53: My favorite stat of this game: nearly halfway through the second half, Keegan Murray was shooting 0% and Brockington was shooting 100%.
Really should've known this one was headed to a dark place the second J-Bo realized he had to go back after thanking ISU for the memz.
ISU students chanting "One More Year" at Bohannon is kind of funny.— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) December 10, 2021
J-Bo: "I ain't a killer, but don't push me."
Despite my Grand Canyon-sized hole of negativity around the football program, I like to think I'm basically the opposite with hoops. But this one... this one was a little tough to spin. Sure, everything kinda went wrong in a hostile environment...
It's almost like starting your season with six home games against Kenpom Bottom 50 opponents hides big fundamental issues with, say, team rebounding and doesn't properly prepare a team for tough road games.— WWF Hall of Famer Ivan Bologna (@PV_GIA) December 10, 2021
...but we can... learn?
Tonight was an experience!! Having played in Hilton, I know how difficult it is to play there. They were better than us tonight. We will grow from this!! pic.twitter.com/CHZYxA9wxX— Kenyon Murray (@PHawkKenyon) December 10, 2021
Not at all opposed to leaning on this for the time being:
We wont get any transparency about it unless he suffers a setback, but if Keegans injury is lingering he shouldnt play until hes 100%. Just does not look the same right now.— dave (@IowaHoopsDave) December 10, 2021
All I know is this is one of the funniest things to happen in a while:
Using a picture of a man who has never beaten Iowa to talk about beating Iowa tonight is sure something. https://t.co/RIAu5ElNa0— Chris (@lee_chris04) December 9, 2021
Congrats on the W, 'Clones. We got a very contrite, likable J-Bo after this one:
You've got to hand it to Iowa's Jordan Bohannon. Judging by his postgame comments to me and @ChadLeistikow, Bohannon knew exactly what he was walking into, and had nothing but nice things to say about Iowa State's fanbase and coaching staff. pic.twitter.com/7lQKze1ssA— Mark Freund (@MarkFreundTV) December 10, 2021
12/18 - Iowa vs. Utah State: Yayyyy, waiting nine full days after the ISU loss for this game. This one is at the Pentagon, which I'm sure give us all great memories.
12/21 - SE Louisiana at Iowa: Couple get right games.
Maybe we should call it Steph Corner this week.
Brad Davison Is Definitively A Senior.
Not in the mood to research our man this week, so let's just make fun of Purdue after I clearly put the stink on 'em last week.
AS CALLED ON RUTGERS RADIO: pic.twitter.com/FNGT7h0D8z— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 10, 2021
Hey @clubtrillion and @tatefrazier, heres your Big 10 stat of the day: Purdue Grad Neil Armstrong spent 8 days and 14 hours in space— Benny Armstrong (@barmstrong2185) December 10, 2021
Purdue Basketball will spend a total of 7 days and 0 hours as the #1 team in the nation
Obligatory Michigan Section
Speaking of not in the mood to discuss something -- woof. Michigan lost at home by double digits* to Minnesota as 13.5 point favorites.
(* - 10 points still counts as double digits; let me be dramatic pleeeeease)
neat College Football Playoff stat: this is the eighth year of the playoff, but the first time that all four schools selected (Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Cincinnati) are their respective states flagship university— actioncookbook (@actioncookbook) December 9, 2021
Talking shit until next year when it stops for ten more years.
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Happy trails, Tyler Goodson.
Thank you Hawkeye Nation!! pic.twitter.com/R39eZz8Uzb— Tyler Goodson(Tgood) (@tgood1110) December 10, 2021
Feel like I liked him slightly more than the average Iowa fan; I'm such a sucker for speed. A very enjoyable career.
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Really undecided on shit like this.
Hunter had FSU, Georgia and Auburn baseball caps in front of him. One by one he threw each of them off the stage, someone tossed him a Jackson State cap and he unzipped his jacket to reveal a Jackson State shirt.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 15, 2021
Signing Day 2021.
Love the theater, but it's also hard not to think about the assistant coaches who literally (presumably) flew across the country to visit you. I dunno. Maybe it's just time for all parties involved to lean into the WWE, glass crashing era of recruiting.
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Really decided on shit like this.
Dabo, on the transfer portal: "It's chaos right now. Tampering galore. Adults manipulating young men. Education is like the last thing now." Calls for the return of one-year sit for transfers, and get that year back upon graduation. "Keep the focus on graduation/education."— Larry Williams (@LarryWilliamsTI) December 15, 2021
If Dabo believes it, I believe the opposite. It's like watching someone sink in comedy quicksand.
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The funniest thing about the iowa QB situation is literally everyone understands if iowa had a decently mobile QB, it would make the offense infinitely better and harder to prepare for. Iowa has had 3 mobile QBs and they either went undefeated or won a B1G championship.— Rick Webster (@TheRickWebster) December 13, 2021
this this this this this
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Doing something so cool that it breaks the game and gets banned should be the goal of any athlete https://t.co/OMzuSmUdZ1— Jay Arnold (@JArnoldTAMU85) December 9, 2021
Bill Walton's Western Civilization
He just seems so pleasant.
No Context College Basketball
Wrapping It Up...
Tony Snell has made $50 million just running out there for nine years, hes a legend.— Josh Eberley (@JoshEberley) December 9, 2021
Dare to dream.
No, Like, Really Wrapping It Up...
After less than one year in Jacksonville, Urban Meyer is out as the Jaguars head coach, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2021
While normal people are doing the HAHAHAHAHAHAHA thing, and believe me, we've been there, I'm mostly focused on the last line of daughter Gigi's rant.
It's not over. Keep watching.
Makes me shiver. It's true that finding a second act in America is never an easy task. Unless you're Urban Meyer. Then you get, like, sixteen acts and all the money. So while the NFL might not have been the spot, I'm sure he'll be grabbing ass and skipping class in a college town near you very, very soon.
But we'll always have the memories.
Bobby Loesch is a weekly contributor to Go Iowa Awesome. Follow him on Twitter @bobbystompy or email to bobbyloesch [at] gmail.com.