Wait, there are two teams in basketball?
Wait, there are two teams in basketball?
First of all, Chris Allen is not in Curtis Stinson's league as a player. Second, it cracks me up that people keep thinking that all of a sudden he is going to be a different player than he was two weeks ago.
That being said, he and Royce are the only ones on this team that can break down a defense. Fred has gotten him to accept that he needs to move to the "one" even though that is not his natural position.
Second of all, Curtis was a great player here. It is only the revisionist Wayne Morgan hater that wants to have people believe that we had soooo much talent when he played here.
We didn't. Chewy had more NBA players that he failed with than Wayne Morgan. Curtis had to do more than any player on those teams. He had to be the main scorer, 3rd rebounder from the two guard, and spent just as much time as a playmaker as Will did.
I get so fed up with fans scapegoating Curtis, he was a great Cyclone, and as tough as anyone that has played here.
It is sad that people have to channel their sheep like hatred of a coach to his best player.
But, against Kansas, on the road, in one of the toughest environments to play in across the nation here were our percentages ...
Ejim (5-6) -- 83%
Allen (5-7) -- 71%
McGee (3-4) -- 75%
and of course White (3-8) -- 37.5%
Now, Royce definitely needs to improve. But, most teams, including Kansas as you saw in the game on Saturday, have a big man that struggles from the charity stripe.
So, yes, the MO game was brutal, but overall we have a decent free throw shooting team. Just a really bad free throw shooter in White.
I agree that Allen is playing out of position. I have not subscribed to most of the criticism of Allen up until yesterday. I didn't get to see the start of the game since FC was showing the end of another game so I missed ISU building their lead and then losing it. It was like 19-18 when they switched to the ISU game. So maybe he had a lot to do with the early lead. Midway through the second half I really saw what others have been complaining about, jacking up difficult shots early in the shot clock, ill advised passes, etc. Chris was not the only offender, but he sure seemed to set the tone on the poor play that let KU go from about 9 down to 11 up. The team as a whole seemed to forget what had put them in the position to win the game up to that point.
Fred needs to coach the team all week before playing KU what it means to play them (at home or on the road): you won't get the calls so expect bad calls and just keep playing. Don't let it get you upset or take you out of what we need to do. Just expect the refs to spot them a few points and a few fouls and move on. Some ISU teams have played through that a won - by not letting it get into their heads - and this team can too.
If they can play the whole game at home like they did up until about the 12 minute mark of the second half against KU they can very likely beat 'em.
I think Allen is doing fine, sure he misses some open looks and takes some bad shots but he is the only guard on the team that can beat his man off the dribble.
My only gripe with him regarding the KU game was why did he quit guarding Taylor when he went nuts. His defense was atrocious during that stretch.
Yeah, that is actually a good point, when you play there you have to take the officials out of it as well. If we push the lead to 20 from 12 the game is over and the refs don't matter.
Chris is getting there, he is playing out of position a lot, and that isn't helping. I think he is trying to be a guy that can knock down tough shots when we need them, which is good. It's just a fine line between a horrid shot and knocking down big ones.
And stripes didn't lose the game. Blaming the stripes is petty. Were the referees the reason we were awful down the stretch on both ends of the floor? Nope.
It was home cooking at it's finest at a place where KU fans BOOOOOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOOO boooooooooooo every single chance they get. They get 99.86% of all calls and they b!t*h like like little b!t*hes when they don't.
We did not lose the game because of the refs. But we undoubtedly lost our lead because of the refs.
Both Scotty and Tyrus got drilled in the lane, but are you really going to tell me we got whistled every possession? Railey got away with 2 easy foul calls that come to mind, and Royce got away with multiple hooks. Calls go both ways every single game. It's been that way since they started playing basketball and will continue.
The minute people realize that
a) not all contact is a foul
b) people don't need to be set for an offensive foul to be called
c) getting jumped into (as long as you jumped straight up) shouldn't be called a body foul
d) what you see and what the referees each see are not necessarily the same thing
you come across as a lot less petty.
Chris Allen: 5-15, 17 points, 35 minutes
Chris Babb: 0-8, 0 points, 34 minutes
Call me crazy, but if Chris Babb was hitting shots, he could have helped keep us in the game. I'm not criticizing Babb, I'm just saying Chris Allen was productive, and there are other things to talk about when it comes to reasons we lost the game.
Allen took some bad shots but bottom line is ISU played hard for 40 minutes and never gave up. They hustled better than KU throughout most of the game. If they continue to play like that they are going to win a lot of road games and possibly all their home games.
b) Who said they did?
c) It often is, especially against the visitor in the Phog
d) It turns out, I'm really, really good at determining what the right call should be. The Janssen crew, and the crew that did the KU game, suck at it.