Yes, that was a beat down like no other. I absolutely loved that tourney. I guess it was one of the highest rated tourneys ever for viewers.
Then again, this post is all in hindsight, and as we all know, it's a 20/20 thing. We can do all the coulda/woulda/shouldas all we want and it's not going to change what happened then or where we are now.
Orr would never have come to ISU if James Hilton hadn't had the vision of the Iowa State Center. Can you imagine Johnny coming to coach in the Armory? The program improvement would have started sooner if M John had stayed healthy. I'll admit that it was huge to get someone of Orr's stature after 2 terrible hires. I just believe that a healthy Maurry John would have taken us to heights that have yet to be achieved. The construction of Hilton laid the groundwork for all that has followed.
The reason eustachy was so good cause he live off of what tim floyd built. Floyd got fizer to come and that started it all. I hope mcdermott can someday be as good as floyd
I think there are a lot of complex issues at play. Eustachy had some really highly rated recruiting classes but some bad luck completely demolished them. I'll agree that he took some big risks with some of them that may or may not have been necessary but Harper, Alexander, Chiriav were all highly rated.
I think he learned from those mistakes and brought in some help in recruiting (WM) and started going for more high school/prep school guys. With the two of them I think we could have started having success again but a lot of that would have depended on if he cleaned up his personal life. Would that have happened without the pictures, etc? Who knows? But, I would have liked to see what he could have done with the players we had during WM's tenure.
Eustachy certainly benefited from Fizer and some of the other leftover players from Floyd's years but he also brought in most of the guys that won the Big 12 the second year which was, IMO, due almost exclusively to Tinsley and Eustachy's coaching getting the most out of the rest of the players. LE benefited from Floyd and Floyd benefited from Orr and Orr benefited from an administration that made a commitment to winning.