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Old Feb 11, 2017, 02:50 PM   #1
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:05 PM   #2
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:13 PM   #3
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so this is when we start our winning streak to end the season, correct?
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:15 PM   #4
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:15 PM   #5
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:17 PM   #6
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Jok is healthy. Game is on the road. This is going to be ugly

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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:19 PM   #7
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Yep. Afraid it's time for another beat-down.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:41 PM   #8
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So, if we finish 5-0 in conference and win the B10 Tournament, we'll go into the NCAAs at 23-12, right? What's that, a 9 seed?
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:54 PM   #9
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5 more games left in the regular season....can't come soon enough. Only thing left to look forward to is guessing who the new coach will be.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 03:55 PM   #10
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So, if we finish 5-0 in conference and win the B10 Tournament, we'll go into the NCAAs at 23-12, right? What's that, a 9 seed?
That results in exactly 0 quality wins. So no that's not a 9 seed.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 04:02 PM   #11
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That results in exactly 0 quality wins. So no that's not a 9 seed.
Probably not accurate, but if the brackets they showed today turn out that way, we may only get 6 teams in. No B10 team with a 4 seed or better? Are we really that bad? I kinda think maybe we are.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 04:03 PM   #12
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Probably not accurate, but if the brackets they showed today turn out that way, we may only get 6 teams in. No B10 team with a 4 seed or better? Are we really that bad? I kinda think maybe we are.
I misread. Yeah winning the tournament is probably one or two quality wins.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 04:11 PM   #13
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Probably not accurate, but if the brackets they showed today turn out that way, we may only get 6 teams in. No B10 team with a 4 seed or better? Are we really that bad? I kinda think maybe we are.
Wisconsin has have only 2 top 50 wins - Tennessee, Minnesota. They have a chance to get some more down the stretch

Purdue has 5, but only ND is out of conference and they also lost to Iowa and Nebraska

Maryland has wins over KSU, OSU and MN. Meh.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 05:44 PM   #14
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 06:38 PM   #15
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So, how does the team respond after losing this game, and the last little remaining irrational hope of finishing strong and making the tourney is dashed?

If they lose this game, which I fully expect, then what's their drive for the final four games of the regular season?

I predict they lose a close one @ Iowa and then lose the remaining games by 15+.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 09:51 PM   #16
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So, how does the team respond after losing this game, and the last little remaining irrational hope of finishing strong and making the tourney is dashed?

If they lose this game, which I fully expect, then what's their drive for the final four games of the regular season?

I predict they lose a close one @ Iowa and then lose the remaining games by 15+.
Yeah, it will be tough. I can't help but think the seniors would hate to end up in the NIT. Not saying they would throw games, but I don't think the NIT is a motivator. Maybe just trying to finish their careers strong will be enough.

I wonder how the younger guys feel about the NIT? My feeling is they would be just as disappointed, but for the seniors, not themselves.
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Old Feb 11, 2017, 10:12 PM   #17
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NIT

? Not going to make the NIT. Not even close unfortunately.
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 06:37 AM   #18
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So I check in to see whether anyone has made any comments, and the advertisement that shows up is from Lowe's...for ladders.

That's simply cruel. The ads are based on--depending on the ad program used--either where you've been on the web, or the subject matter of the website. Hmm, I haven't been looking at hardware store, so apparently they know.

Ladders, ugh.
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 07:03 AM   #19
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So, if we finish 5-0 in conference and win the B10 Tournament, we'll go into the NCAAs at 23-12, right? What's that, a 9 seed?
I'd take that.
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 07:03 AM   #20
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So, we just got thumped by Penn St. on our home floor and some on here have the idea of winning the BTT? I know it is just wishful thinking, but.....
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 10:18 AM   #21
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Iowa will have a similar break to the Illini as they'll also have a week off heading into this game. They lost yesterday at Michigan State 77-66.
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 11:16 AM   #22
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Used to look forward to this game every year. Was often on a weekend, and Illini fans would flock to Carver. In '05, there were over 4,000 orange shirts plus the Krush. This year? I'm dreading it.
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 11:17 AM   #23
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Jok is healthy. Game is on the road. This is going to be ugly

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John Groce has a whole week to prepare them for Iowa... which means we'll probably lose by more than 20.
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Old Feb 12, 2017, 12:27 PM   #24
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? Not going to make the NIT. Not even close unfortunately.
Fortunately. Who wants to extend this year any longer than necessary?

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Old Feb 12, 2017, 01:15 PM   #25
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I think we are going to make the Hawkeyes look like a Final Four team!
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