Here's what I'm predicting for the MBB team this upcoming season, revised:
Format: Team, Prediction, NotesAs evidenced with my projections, I'm far more optimistic than all the "doom and gloom" prognosticators. The season will be a disappointment if the 'Clones win only 12 games. A 14 to 19 win season is more in line vis-a-vis the teams they'll play this year, and this is a really "cupcake-ish" schedule. I really feel an above .500 record is probable. Cal, particularly, is a candidate for a win against a team from a "top tier" conference. I think the 'Clones will be strong at home, but a weak road team. Hence my predictions for the upcoming season.
Northern Arizona (h), W, Easy non-conference foe. Should win
Alabama State (h), W, Same as N. AZ
Drake (h), W, Drake is quietly assembling a potentially very good MVC team. Look for this game to come down to the wire with a close ISU win.
Creighton (h @ the Well), W, (The Bluejays will probably be down this year after a coaching change.) Change this game to the and "L" as Creighton is one the Valley favorites this year despite a major coaching change.
Kennesaw State (h), W, Kids, can we say "cupcake"?
Montana State (h), W, See Kennesaw State
Northern Iowa (a), L, UNI should field another very good team even though they're in a rebuilding year and the game's on the road.
California (h), W, UCal-Berkeley is in a down year and the game's at home. A Pac 10 team ripe for the picking.
Southeast Missouri State (h), W, An OVC team at home -- probable.
Iowa (a), W, The Hawkeyes aren't significantly better after a coaching change than before if even if the game's at Iowa City.
Texas Southern (h), W, See Kennesaw State
Dartmouth (h), W, An Ivy League school at home, so a low scoring game. ISU wins.
Chicago State (h), W, See Kennesaw State
Virginia (a), (L) W, (A very tough ACC foe on the road. ISU's first big loss.) Change from the "big loss" category to a possible win with UVa picked dead last in the ACC.
Northern Illinois (h), W, A MAC team at home -- probable.
Nebraska (a), W, It's Nebraska Men's Basketball, need I say more? Probably ISU's only conference road victory.
Kansas (h), L, One the Big 12 front runners. I don't see ISU winning this one even if the game’s at home.
Baylor (h), L, With LaceDarius Dunn playing a loss, without him playing, a possible win at home.
Oklahoma State (a), L, A Big 12 first division team on the road; don't see ISU winning here either.
Missouri (a), L, A Big 12 favorite on the road. ISU's first big loss.
Texas Tech (h), W, A second division Big 12 team at home. ISU wins.
Oklahoma (h), W, The second worst team in the Big 12 per the Coaches Poll at home. Should win.
Colorado (a), L, Boulder's altitude always gives ISU players fits, plus CU fields a decent team this year. Look for a loss here.
Kansas State (h), L, The Big 12 front-runner at home. ISU still loses.
Kansas (a), L, KU at The Phog. A big loss again.
Texas A&M (a), L, One of the better second division Big 12 foes on the road; no win here.
Missouri (h), L, Mizzou at home; still a loss.
Texas (a), L, UT on the road, a definite loss.
Nebraska (h), W, If Nebbie can't beat ISU at their place, how can they beat the 'Clones at Hilton?
Colorado (h), W, ISU picks up its final home and conference win here.
Kansas State (a), L, Yet another big loss on the road to a conference favorite.
Final Overall Record -- 19-14 NIT, here we come? A major step forward for the program.
Final Conference Record -- 5-11 A five win conference season at this stage of the program is pretty decent IMO.