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Comment 12 Oct 2018

Yes! I meant to call that out but that was really spectacular. Great play design and great execution. 

I think they ran something similar with Dallas Clark in the 02 Wisconsin game (and it worked perfectly there too). 

Comment 12 Oct 2018

Yeah, Iowa's OL was absolutely doing work in this game. And, sure, part of that is because it's Indiana (and this is well before IU decided that maybe playing a LITTLE bit of defense would be a good idea, as they do presently), but it's also a glimpse at what that OL was doing in 01 -- and then at an even higher level in 02. Iowa had a really good offense in 01 -- one of the better ones of the KF Era (I know, I know... low bar and all... it was still a good offense tho!). 

Comment 12 Oct 2018

We could use another one of those seasons pretty soon. 

We probably need to quarantine Alabama (and maybe Clemson) for that to happen... 

Comment 11 Oct 2018

Yeah, agreed. They're definitely saying the right things and I'm glad they're acknowledging it and seem honestly upset about how bad their defense was last year. That's really all they can do at this point. The next step is to show us that they really are going to work harder and pay more attention on defense when the games start. 

The thing that makes me interested -- and also wary -- is that we're relying almost entirely on internal improvement. The only significant rotation piece we're adding are Wieskamp and (Connor) McCaffery. I don't know what to expect from them. Fran's hype aside, Wieskamp is a true frosh and going from Iowa 4A hoops to the Big Ten is still a pretty big jump. But overall we're not adding anyone on defense who you'd project to make a big immediate difference. We're not adding a rim-protecting, shot-altering inside presence. We're not adding a lockdown defender on the perimeter. And our existing players aren't going to be getting significantly quicker or longer physically. It seems like most (if not all) of our improvement on defense is going to come down to schemes and player commitment to those schemes. 

Comment 11 Oct 2018

Good news! That Cincinnati game is 14 months out (December 2019), so we don't have to worry too much about them for a while. 

Comment 10 Oct 2018

I assume you're referring to this post

I get the Wieskamp thing. I know we're high on him and I really hope he has a big year... but Langford was the #5 overall recruit in ESPN's Top 100 recruits last year. He's a 5* recruit and expected to be a huuuuuge deal for IU and a big instant impact guy. If he lives up that hype, then he'll definitely waltz away with Freshman of the Year honors. I'd be curious to see if Wieskamp would get listed if they did an All-Freshman Team. 

The Cook thing is more interesting since it's All-Big Ten (five different spots) versus Freshman of the Year (just one spot, obviously). It's a little more surprising that he didn't even get one vote from anyone, although I understand why the guys who were selected got selected. Edwards and Happ are no-brainers; Edwards is an all-around stud and the Preseason B1G Player of the Year. Happ is a stud who was 4th in scoring last year and 3rd in rebounding -- he was also 9th in assists. Winston was only 25th in scoring, but he was tops in 3FG% (49.7% on 151 attempts) and tops in assists (6.9 apg) and I assume they're projecting an even bigger role for him this year after MSU's departures to the NBA Draft last year. Morgan was 7th in scoring last year and 4th in rebounding. Palmer Jr was 5th in scoring last year. Cook was a good scorer last year (15.3 ppg, 12th in the Big Ten), but he wasn't an elite scorer -- and he didn't really do a lot else last year. If Cook develops the way we hope, then he'll definitely be in the hunt for All-Big Ten first or second team honors at the end of the season. But I can see why he isn't getting picked for top honors yet.