Would I still be talking about it as a significant accomplishment 5+ years later? No. I probably wouldn't even be treating it like an accomplishment this year.
(Referring to the NIT bid under Morgan)
Of course, you also have to factor in that under McD, ISU was in a 4 year-long drought when we couldn't even earn a bid to a "tournament that noone cares about", much less win and advance in said worthless tournament. Now that he's gone and we've got a chance to get an NCAA bid, we can call the NIT "worthless" in hindsight.
But if McDermott was still coaching at ISU? An NIT bid would be a huge leap forward for our team. That's indisputable.
"Correct me if I'm wrong, Scotty.......but if I kill all the golfers, they'll lock me up and throw away the key!" Carl Spackler
At 17-6 we now have more wins than we've had in over six seasons (2005 - 19-12 overall). Fred Hoiberg has done in two seasons what McDermott couldn't do in four. Finish the season with a winning record. No matter what happens from here on out, we'll still end up with a winning record.
Still 8 games to play. Go Cyclones!
When I originally read this post the other day, I noticed the "already more wins than GM's teams" part, but glossed over the "guaranteed winning record."
Yesterday it dawned on me that I hadn't even realized that. It had gotten lost in the shuffle, now that there are bigger fish to fry.
Another one ISU should be able to reach (or let's hope) ... first regular season with at least 20 wins since 2000-01. Nothing magic about 20 wins, it's just hard to believe it's been that long since it happened.
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