Did some aggregation today: Iowa's -37 with their starting lineup in...47 minutes of play. +11 in 25 minutes with Baer instead of Moss.
But where's the review of the 2006 movie starring Matthew McConnaughey and Terry Bradshaw? Very misleading title, would not read again.
This is my assumption, but it ensures they're on equal footing in terms of funding. And yes, it does cost more to compete. For instance, when a B1G school plays a MAC school, there is money which goes from the B1G school to the MAC school.
Athletics are the floormats in your analogy: some dealerships throw them in for free, others don't but you can buy them, and others make you buy them whether you want them or not.
Yeah - plus for basketball, UNI is probably too good. They can't justify a barnstorming tour like UT-RGV because it would eliminate home revenues plus it would be difficult for them to book the necessary amount of away games who would pay them to be there to fund their entire athletic department.
FWIW a colleague of mine funds a scholarship for cross country at another B1G school. Frankly, I would be shocked if the same wasn't happening at Iowa. Donors exist within each sport across the country - look no further than PSU or Notre Dame's hockey programs.
You can slice it anyway you want it:
Power 5 football schools:
Illinois: 2 - 1 private
Indiana: 3 - 1 private (6.5 million)
Ohio: 1 (11.5 million)
Michigan: 2 (9.9 million)
Pennsylvania: 2 (12.7 million)
New Jersey: 1 (8.9 million)
Maryland: 1 (5.9 million)
The two states Iowa compares most to are: Kansas (2 w/ 2.9 million), Mississippi (2 w/ 2.9 million) and they're different because in each case they're a part of the same conference.
That's a fair Sioux City defense but I think the "it's not about the money" quote is 100% fair. If it were all about the money, then the upside of playing in SC would be higher because of the capacity difference you mentioned. To me, it's about McCaffery looking to backfill the Gavitt Tipoff game he is losing this year. Sioux Falls has demonstrated they're capable of bringing in teams which are roughly the same quality Iowa would face in the Tipoff. If Sioux City had hosted a game with similar parties, Iowa would probably be more likely to play there.
Personally, it is a little surprising Iowa never did something like that given Woodbury/Gesell/McCabe. They have planned their international trips around the two guys they've gotten with overseas backgrounds (Britain for Olaseni & Germany for Uhl).
Baer is almost a freak athlete. His wingspan is 100% underrated, he is a great jumper/double-jumper and sprints damn near every second he's on the floor. He's not Aaron White-levels of "underrated because of his curved back" because White was insanely athletic but he's absolutely along those lines.
How funny would it be if Sioux Falls hosted the Big 4 Classic?
I'm laugh-crying at my desk from the first line. Holy shit.
lol, that Sioux City guy is bereft of logic.
I would advise you don't seek out a gif of what *actually* happened.
ETA: But it was such an impressive play, and encapsulating of what Baer does, that it's probably worth seeing. Even if it ruins your current ideal of the play.
I really appreciated the Bohannon PnR gif. He did that so many times last night. Just a great adjustment (and something I think the guest on the pod said could roast Purdue).
5-4 on the road would have Iowa competing for the B1G title.
I think they were gritty enough. But I think they were ultimately betas. This team's 4 best players are alphas and its 5th (Baer) is the ULTIMATE beta.
This is going to be an insane parallel (because it's not right), but Purdue in 2007-08 (the Baby Boilers) lost games to: Clemson, Mizzou, Wofford, and ISU (the latter 2 were sub-200 and -100 respectively in KenPom) before taking advantage of an easy B1G schedule during a down year to go 15-3 (they won 7 games against sub-100 teams and the B1G was considered the 5th best conference according to KenPom).
I 100% do not expect them in my wildest dreams to finish the season 12-1, but if they can steal a couple away games and maintain home court advantage, 11-7 isn't outside the realm of possibility.
I've said this before, though I can't remember where: I think this team will be better at the end of the season than last year's was at the end of their season. Now, Iowa won't have the same body of work unless they go on a run (their next 5 games are all considered A/B by KenPom). But if they make the tourney, I wouldn't pencil them in for a one-and-done. They could absolutely be a team that squeezes in the last 4, wins a play-in game, then catches a couple matchup breaks in the first two rounds.
Obviously an insane amount has to go their way for that to happen. But, they absolutely ooze potential and have a ton of mettle. Hlas called them the most fun team of Fran's time here and he's 100% correct.
I was very happy to see him dust that one off. Iowa finally has the horses to run it again!
The Purdue fatalism grated on me to the point where I couldn't follow them anymore but there's some very valid concerns in my view. As a body language intern, I did not like what I saw from their team. Swanigan barking at his teammates is the prime example but, there were times he fell and no one sprinted to help him up like you see from Iowa. I also take the opposite view of this piece.
The two rebounds of Swanigan it shows are ones where another teammate could get it. He is chasing stats and that is something which works if you are winning and grates your teammates when you are losing.
Bohannon was doing some elite stuff last night in the PnR. I think it was with Wagner where AW screened/re-screened to get Bohannon's guy on his hip and he pocket passed it through for an easy bucket for Wagner.
Fran's offense has proven to be great over the course of his time here, but being able to tell guys to just run pick and rolls is so much easier than trying to call plays every time down the court. It also helps that there is shooting/playmaking around every screen they can run.
In all seriousness, I think PV hit the nail on the head with regard to Iowa recruiting. It's fun to try and find flashy guys outside of the border but the first priority needs to remain getting the best guys in the state (who are often linemen). The Nebraska comparison is fantastic because how many NE kids has Iowa gotten that would have died to play for Nebraska, yet they disregarded? (Ott springs to mind) I think the Fant signing is the only one Iowa "won" in a situation where a kid had scholarship offers from both schools.
Fact is, Iowa isn't going to win a ton of recruiting battles for high-level athletes when big schools come calling. Now, that shouldn't keep Iowa from going after them, but chasing them also shouldn't be at the detriment of what Iowa is good at and where Iowa HS players skillsets lie.
But they did that! Literally once! And it scored a TD!!!
That actually strikes me as a perfect analogy.