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RossWB

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Comment 20 hours ago

In my mind palace there is no big 10 men's basketball tournament.

This is the healthiest approach to take IMO.

(Which makes me sad because some of my favorite Iowa basketball memories are of the 2001 team winning 4 games in 4 days or the 2006 team winning the the BTT before the season was inexplicably canceled immediately afterwards.) 

Comment 13 Dec 2019

We'll see how they develop this year, but I was really unimpressed by almost everyone on their roster other than Haliburton. Young gave them some good minutes in the second half, but he seems foul-prone, which limits his effectiveness. Their wings didn't look great. Jacobson is... okay. Conditt struggled against a more physical front court. This ISU team just doesn't look as talented as the ones they've had the last few years. 

They're going to be down Jacobson and Nixon (and maybe/probably Haliburton) after this season, which could make for some tough sledding. 

I'd rather the game matter than not, but the B1G will always provide a lot of opportunities for quality wins and if Iowa continues to schedule a bit harder in non-conference play (like this year), there won't be quite as much need for ISU to be a high-end opponent to boost our resume. Which is to say: if we can get a few years of beating up on ISU, I'm gonna take it. 

Comment 13 Dec 2019

His free throw shooting form looks pretty good, but his form on 3s and long jump shots has looked pretty ugly so far. Hopefully he spends all summer working on his jumper. 

Comment 13 Dec 2019

Josh Kimm never quite lived up to his quickness, athleticism, and McD's AA status.

You made that name up, right? I do not remember a Josh Kimm. 

But the guy whose lightning speed, out of control at times, and slashing athlete but not scorer at Guard that Toussaint most reminds me of: Justin Johnson. Toussaint is better overall, and had better recruiting rankings, but he and JJ have that exact same quickness, intensity, and explosive athleticism.

Am I misunderstanding you? Do you mean this Justin Johnson? The one who went full Reggie Miller against Indiana that one time? I don't remember him as being lightning-quick, but I do remember him being a good (if inconsistent) scorer. 

Comment 12 Dec 2019

Changed seating arrangements and the graying of the fanbase for hoops has really hurt the atmosphere for hoops at CHA. The older crowd has the best seats and they're not as... boisterous... as other folks. 

That isn't really an issue at wrestling meets in CHA, though. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

There were technically two Iowa-PSU duals in the 2013 calendar year. One in February 2013 that was part of the 2012-13 season; that's the one that had attendance of 15,077. There was another one in December 2013 that was part of the 2013-14 season; that's the one that was set up by Cael and Brands as a non-conference dual and had attendance of 13,747. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

I don't think there was that much hype around Evelyn. There was hope that he could be a solid part of Iowa's rotation, but I don't think anyone looked at his numbers at Valpo and thought he was going to come to Iowa and be a potential difference-maker or star. I thought he could mitigate some of what Iowa lost with Moss' departure, but that certainly looks unlikely now. At this point he's certainly more of a fringe part of Iowa's rotation than a regular contributor, so I would agree that even if you had fairly modest expectations for him that he's not really living up to those, either. 

Unfortunately, Iowa's bench as a whole looks pretty thin this year. Toussaint and Kriener have been the most solid contributors off the bench. And if JBo does shut things down, the bench is going to get even thinner, since Toussaint or Kriener would slide into the starting lineup at that point. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

It was very close but not an official sellout, at least according to Iowa's announced attendance figure (13,747). 

Per the Iowa Media Guide (which I should have consulted before writing my post), the biggest wrestling crowd in CHA history was 15,955 vs ISU in 2008. I think that was over-capacity at the time and would definitely be over-capacity now because I believe capacity shrunk slightly with recent renovations. 

Only six duals have topped 15,000 in attendance at CHA, with the most recent being Iowa-Okie State in 2012 (15,400) and Iowa-Penn State in 2013 (15,077). So I guess that's our answer re: big crowds at CHA and possible sellouts. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

I was at that game, too. Yuck.

I certainly would NEVER predict Iowa to hold a team to 52 points... but it was wonderful to see happen. 

I fully expect those Minnesota guards who couldn't hit the ocean from a boat last night to light us up at the game in MSP because that's how this works, but that's a problem for 2020. Today I'm just going to enjoy beating the brakes off Minnesota. 

Comment 09 Dec 2019

If Assad wrestles well at Midlands, is there any chance of pulling his shirt?

Assad would need to look exceptional at Midlands to make that a decent option and his track record so far doesn't suggest that's likely. He's 11-2 this year, though just 4-1 against Division I opponents. He's only getting bonus in about 40% of his matches, despite facing weak competition in general. It looks like he needs more time to develop. Brands or Wilcke look like Iowa's best options at 184 this season. 

Comment 09 Dec 2019

Yeah, that looked a lot like a pin to me as well, but I guess the ref saw some space there at some point. The ref did seem to be in pretty good position to see things, at least, which often is NOT the case in these situations. 

Comment 09 Dec 2019

On another note, when will we know who is wrestling at Midlands and where are some of the other Hawks wrestling over the holiday. Thanks Ross!

I don't think we'll have an official rundown of who's competing at Midlands for a while yet -- maybe not until the week of the event. But it's probably safe to assume everyone that you'd expect to be there for Iowa will be there. The only exception to that might be Spencer. Midlands is about a week after U.S. Nationals, which he's expected to compete at. I don't know how that will impact the possibility of him wrestling at Midlands -- or if it will at all.

This is a pretty quiet period of competition -- no duals for a month and even Iowa's first duals back will be pretty low-stress (Indiana on 1/10 and Purdue on 1/12). Outside of the Iowa practice room, Midlands will be the only chance for Iowa guys to get some good, hard, testing matches in until the dual schedule heats up in late January with Nebraska, Ohio State, and Penn State in back-to-back-to-back weeks. 

As far as other tournaments... I dunno. I don't think there are too many for the next few weeks, between finals weeks and the holidays coming up. Several Hawkeyes competed (and dominated) at the Jim Koch Open over the weekend. The most notable result there may have been Gavin Teasdale losing to another non-Division I opponent (guy from UW-Parkside). We can probably pump the brakes on him for this season. He still has loads of potential, but it seems like he's going to need some more seasoning before he's ready to be a big-time contributor for Iowa.