Elite Eight on the 10th anniversity of our first Elite Eight!!!!!
To go along with what mred said, this is by far the best defense that ISU has had and is arguable one of the best defensive teams in the country. On offense, we have been inconsistent all year. We have the players to really open it up, but for whatever reason we have had trouble getting the ball down the hole. If this team starts hitting shots, they could go really deep in the tourney.
I am heading out to Kentucky in the morning. Flying my ISU flags. Honk if I pass you or you pass me. I am hoping to go to Berkley next week. Cyclone Craig
We're going all the way BABY!
The only way to really compare this team to '02, is to compare the ISU team to their opponents. I took our stats and subtracted the stats our opponents put up against us.
This is what I got (advantage in bold):
FGs- '09 is +46, '02 team was +6
FTs- '09 is +118, '02 team was +261
3pts- '09 is +104, '02 team was +48
Rebs- '09 is +183, '02 team was +302
Steals- '09 is +19, '02 team was -64
Ast- '09 is +119, '02 team was +31
Blk- '-09 is -1, '02 team was +19
PPG- '09 is +9.8, '02 team was 9.7
I attached the excel file for people to look at. It is clear that this team is just as good as the 2001-2002 team, if not better, from a statistical standpoint. Most important one is at the bottom, this team is outscoring opponents by more pre-game than the 2002 team.