Looks like a systemic problem.
-lack of communication with players on expectations
-lack of clear game plan
-weakness of leadership at point guard position
-winning leads to winning attitude, we don't have that
-fundamental weakness in blocking out, going strong and moving the ball.
It appears the effort is there, but in crunch times, the players don't seem confident in how to finish the game off.
To this list, I would add that we are pathetic in setting picks and we have very few good off ball screens/picks.
"When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'."
— Groucho Marx
I can tell you what the players don't seem to do when they wake up in the morning. They don't seem to lift weights, practice free throws, or work on layups. I can virtually guarantee none of those things happen.
Our team is soft, and they don't even seem motivated to improve themselves physically, let alond develop any sense of a team.
We are pathetic, and it is McD's fault. If he isn't gone after this year, JP should be. Absolutely.
"Dog Eat Dog"
Read the news
Do most of you think the MBB players actually wake up in the morning and say, "Boy, let's lose this one today".
Everyone here has the "answers" but really, so far from the truth. About 99.9% of us don't have a clue because of two reasons: we weren't student-athletes (intramurals and watching ESPN 24/7 don't count) or we haven't coached Division One athletics in one of the best conferences.
Complain all you want if you felt there was lack of effort. I don't see lack of effort; instead, I see crappy luck (even Bill Shelf said thanks but no thanks), some forced chemistry/focus and a bunch of crying fans who think Iowa State has history as this great bb powerhouse. Iowa State has been good and at times, almost great; however, top drinking the Orr, Eustachy and Morgan koolaid. Should we expect top half conference performance every season, yes but it doesn't always happen.
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