Both Illinois and Minnesota beat Indiana. Iowa did not. Indiana, IIRC, was the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, and therefore was considered one of the top teams in the country this past year.
You still refuse to acknowledge the unbalanced schedule, and you believe (without any real evidence) that if Iowa had played a more difficult OOC schedule, they would have won meaningful games. Not sure what you are basing that on at this point.
You are discounting their wins against Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa State. And Minnesota had the same amount of games as Iowa against the top 4. Illinois only had one more. So it wasn't really unbalanced when it comes to those two teams. You also fail to acknowledge the huge role of RPI. It's not like ISU had that great of resume but their RPI was goo because of their OOC schedule. But like you pointed out Iowa didn't have any quality road wins so that hurts so there are points in both sides.
Indiana returns Sheehey and Ferrell and brings in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. I'd take those two guys and Vonleh over anyone on Iowa's roster. Either way to think Iowa is a shoe in top 5 in the conference is pretty crazy considering there are 5 teams that have NBA talent on their roster in the B1G and Iowa isn't one of them.
Pre season hype. I guess that being considered as a top 25 team by some people from ESPN this year is a nice change of pace. ISU will be good but saying Iowa wont be because of some crazy rivalry that you guys are making up in your head is being ignorant. Iowa has talent, not elite talent I will give you that, but they have some talent that grew last year. They won on the road during that awful NIT tournament as you say anyway. Any fan with a clue knew Iowa as an NIT team last year. We as fans got excited when there was a glimmer of a chance at the big tourney. We did not make it and blew a lot of games that we should have won with a young team. Experience is a great thing to have to make it to the tournament.
Fred can recruit, but he also gets rid of you for better players if you are not cutting it. That is how it looks as an outsider anyway. I think Fred is doing a good job. It will be interesting to see if he stops with the transfer strategy now that he has some young talent to work with. Morris, Thomas, and Naing are great young players. Naing was your best player in the game against us last year.
Pre season hype. I guess that being considered as a top 25 team by some people from ESPN this year is a nice change of pace. ISU will be good but saying Iowa wont be because of some crazy rivalry that you guys are making up in your head...
I had to stop reading right about there. Iowa and Iowa State are big instate rivals in pretty much every sport in which they compete against each other. Denying that is some crazy state of denial.
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