A win in game one REALLY makes game two the key. Win, and you have a bye to Saturday, and have to get swept in a doubleheader to NOT make the final. Lose and your path becomes much more ominous. Let's continue Iowa's dominance over Nebraska tonight! (although that stupid 16-point final 50 seconds at the men's BB game in Lincoln still sticks in my craw).
"He has the best recruiting class in program history coming into Iowa City this fall."
Apparently we know why. #CheatingIsWinning
Cruising towards a possible 2nd place finish and maybe an at-large bid to the NCAA, now most likely is they squeeze into the BTT as the 7 or 8-seed and will need a miracle run. Crap.
Dang. A once promising season by the fightin' Hellers is pretty much in shambles thanks to the worst-timed three game losing streak imaginable.
Winning the Big Ten tournament is an auto-bid. What they do the next four would be irrelevant if they win the BTT.
If they win their midweek game and sweep Maryland they still have all those good wins on their resume. That plus a win or two in the BTT might get it done. Anything less than a sweep and they probably have to win the BTT to get in.
I think 4-2 in their last 6 wraps up an at-large. 5-1 would do it for sure. 3-3 and things get dicey.
Just the fact that you would ask that question says that, especially for a season ticket holder, you have absolutely no idea how college recruiting works, the importance of relationships, and the reasons young men or women might consider different schools. Seriously, that is one inane inquiry right there.
Yeah today sucks from an Iowa basketball player news standpoint.
DJ Harvey picked Vanderbilt. Because of course he did.
If Dean-O could bring some of what Bucky does well, especially on defense, while combining that with his player background with Dr. Tom, he'd be great. He's got a real nice resume developing. He'd be my first choice.
So I watched the last few minutes of regulation of the 1993 Iowa-MSU basketball game, the "comeback" portion. I had forgotten so much about that! I recall Iowa catching fire, but that wasn't the case at all. They missed at least four free throws, Acie Earl missed what should have been an and-1, they had a turnover, missed a defensive rebound they should have had, Iowa honestly had to screw up to not win that game in regulation, possibly by 4 or 5 points despite trailing by 17 with four minutes to go. I've never seen a team piss their pants late like MSU did. It was stunning.
I think the single biggest way to tell if a recruit is "big-time" is his other offers. If he really had committable offers from all those schools, this is huge. Because Iowa has a reputation now. And based on that the nation's best tight end prospects are going to have Iowa on their short list. And that's a very, very good thing.
Hawks take 2 of 3 from Rutgers, splitting yesterday's doubleheader. At home you'd prefer they swept this Rutgers team, but keep winning series and they'll make the top-8 and get to the BTT. Now 5-4 in the B1G.
If I've learned anything about Megan Gustafson by reading about this team over the last few weeks, it's that she would have no desire to get the record anything other than 100% legitimately. But that frustrated me too.
Yup. There is no question that Iowa, as good as they are, are a tier below the top WBB teams in the NCAA. Look what happened both times they played tier-1 opponents (Baylor and ND). Things got pretty ugly. As stated elsewhere in this thread, the lack of parity in WBB is a problem. Every regional final was #1 vs #2. Significant upsets, especially of the sport's elite by the non-elite, simply almost never happen. No one in the Big Ten this year was quite elite.
Iowa had to shoot lights out, and hope Baylor was ice cold, just to have a chance. When 1 plays 2 that shouldn't be the case. Having said that, great season, very likeable team, and M.G. is a no-doubt-about-it all timer.
I fully admit I haven't watched much women's basketball in my 30+ years as a sports fan. But I'm watching the hell out of these guys. It is a joy. It will be incredibly tough, but Baylor should be nervous. Regardless, whether they win by 20, lose by 20, or anything in between though, this team is special. Not just good, special. Go Hawks!
"Replacing a $420,000 turf project every two years isn't exactly sustainable"
* checks most recent TV contracts
With the graduation of two all-world tight ends the receivers need to step up. Smith and Smith-Marsette need to be the best tandem Iowa has fielded in awhile. I think the raw material is there for that to happen. Also at least one RB, either through better health or someone emerging, needs to be a bit of a difference maker. Iowa had 3 RBs last year and all were mostly average, with Sargent probably showing the most. Brian's offense in year 3 needs to keep improving if Iowa is to surprise anyone.
"They wrote a new script today." I can't disagree. Honestly after the game I wasn't even upset. I was more stunned. I never saw that coming in a million years. Instead of heading into another offseason wondering if this program is going anywhere I feel kind of...hopeful? They need to learn to get off to better starts so near miracles aren't necessary (also looking at you Northwestern and Rutgers games). They need to learn to not have late February swoons. But this program has been to 4 tournaments in 6 years. A year from now I fully expect that to be 5 in 7. And I wouldn't be shocked if a year from now at this time we are discussing our second weekend opponent. I sure hope so.
Survive and advance baby. It's a cliched saying for a reason.
I have a feeling they'll take better care of the ball Sunday and send these seniors out winners as far as their Carver careers.
Disappointing, but baseball is darn weird sometimes. Regroup and get back after it. This is still potentially a good team.
Seems unlikely they could go higher than about 7. Should they make the elite eight they are playing Baylor, U Conn or Notre Dame in the regional final. And barring a huge upset that will be the end of the line. And making it that far would be 100% awesome.
Megan G. from Port Wing (only about an hour from where I reside) is a joy to watch play basketball.