Wow...I missed that quote earlier from SH. For a guy that seems to have the betting thing down (top credit guy on CF), you certainly lack some sports knowledge - or - just let the homer in you come out to play all too often.
I don't think Iowa would score much over 50 in any 10 games against our team - as long as we played defense like that each time. If you had Freeman, you might sniff 60.
Keep in mind, we still don't have a 100% healthy Wesley and Clark. And both of them had pretty good performances.
ISU is a far better team than they looked Wednesday night against Drake. Tonight, I saw more of what this team is. Still going to struggle on offense but hustle like hell and play tough, gritty defense.
Freeman played out of his mind. He has consistently SUCKED his entire career at Iowa. Yes, he did rattle in some threes in their last game, but lets not get crazy over him.
Well maybe he does help when you are looking for that hand checking, out of control ball handler, throw it out of bounds, fast break brick three launching type.
Terrific improvement in rebounding and defense for "on-the-ball" screens.
They looked comfortable on offense, but like anything still needs work.
I'm still surprised we didn't see as much pressure on the ball and pressing from Iowa, but we'll take whatever the defense gives us.
Someone mentioned a sell-out crowd, but there were certainly empty seats at the upper level.
LOL, ok I had to share this. Check out under the comments section of my lastest post: Juice blogs » The Cyclones Our good buddy Den is basically saying Iowa got all the calls. That's a stretch, we did shoot 17 more FT's but I thought we got hosed a few times too and for the most part it was a pretty evenly called game. I didn't hear much about the officiating so wanted to get your thoughts?
A Hawkeye friend of mine sent me a text during the game that said "Talk about home cookin.'"
They could have called moving screens on Iowa all night. It was a physical game, but I thought it was well called.
Well, maybe with the exception of the Brackins non call on Peterson. He flat out just smoked him there.
Alford says it's no fun facing mentor Knight
Dec. 11, 2007
CBSSports.com wire reports :biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh::biglaugh:
LUBBOCK, Texas -- No matter where he coaches, New Mexico's Steve Alford ends up with mentor Bob Knight on the schedule.
Advertisement He's not doing it on purpose and, frankly, he doesn't like it. Saturday's fifth meeting between Texas Tech's Knight and his former player will be about the same for Alford as the previous four -- "not fun."
"I want them to be successful, and I want us to be successful," Alford said. "Nobody pulls for Coach Knight more than I do."
Knight doesn't like these matchups either, and he's won three of them. The first two came when Knight was at Indiana, where Alford helped him win the last of his three national championships in 1987.
Alford lost the first meeting as coach at Southwest Missouri State in 1997-98, and a year later he lost again in his first season at Iowa.
After Knight was fired at Indiana and hired at Texas Tech, the pair split two games, with Alford getting his only win in 2004 when nationally ranked Iowa routed the Red Raiders 83-53. Alford said the win was "huge" for the Hawkeyes but "a little bittersweet" for him.
Alford left Iowa for New Mexico in the offseason, putting himself back on Knight's schedule and setting up Saturday's meeting between the Lobos (8-2) and Red Raiders (6-3) in Albuquerque, N.M.
"That's a game that we prepare for just like any other game that we play," Knight said. "If I had to give special consideration to everybody that we play that I've either coached or coached for me, that's all I'd get done."
This relationship is special, though. Knight and Alford won 92 games at Indiana and the 1984 Olympic gold medal together, so it stands to reason Alford can't help but notice the Red Raiders.
Last week he was working in his office when he glanced at the TV and caught a partial score for Texas Tech's 86-31 victory against Louisiana Tech. That win included a 42-1 Tech run.
"I started bugging my assistants when I saw their score come up," Alford said. "I told them, 'I've got to know if that's the right score.' It came up 72-19 or something like that."
Knight didn't hesitate to recommend Alford for the New Mexico job. And he had the ear of one of those making the decision. David Schmidly, New Mexico's president since February, held the same post at Tech and was instrumental in hiring Knight in 2001.
"When you understand how to play, then you can coach," said Knight, in his seventh year at Tech and the winningest Division I coach with 896 victories. "He's worked at coaching very hard, and he's been able to get kids to play hard."
The Knight-Alford series is probably best known to this point for Knight's profanity-laced interview with ESPN that aired at halftime of Tech's 65-59 victory against Iowa in Dallas four years ago.
Sitting next to Knight, Alford barely spoke while Knight unloaded on Fran Fraschilla, a former New Mexico coach who was interviewing them about their relationship. Knight later apologized to Tech officials.
Moments like those haven't changed Alford's regard for Knight, who's as famous for his tempestuous nature as he is for winning games and championships.
"He's definitely been my closest friend in college basketball," Alford said. "If there's ever an issue I have, on or off the floor, he's the first one I call."
Not Saturday, though.