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14. Nebraska

Quick, name one player on the Nebraska roster. … I’ll wait. 

Where the Huskers finished in the poll: 13
High position: 6
Low position: 14

Full Forecast

  1. Michigan State
  2. Ohio State
  3. Purdue
  4. Maryland
  5. Michigan
  6. Illinois
  7. Indiana
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Iowa
  10. Penn State
  11. Rutgers
  12. Minnesota
  13. Northwestern
  14. Nebraska

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I think as a crowd/fans enjoy the underdog roll around here for Basketball.. It allows us to have a chip on our shoulder and if we fall apart in the end then many can just shrug their shoulders and say "we aren't any good anyway"

Most on here don't think that way but I know some who do.

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36 minutes ago, Handy Johnson said:

I know Mr Basketball writer thinks he’s being “funny” but you could say the same thing about 4-5 B1G rosters...

Cassius Winston is the only B1G basketball player I can name (aside from our guys)... but I also only really follow Nebrasketball.

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12 hours ago, khoock said:

Cassius Winston is the only B1G basketball player I can name (aside from our guys)... but I also only really follow Nebrasketball.

I also have this problem until I see this year's Lindy's magazine. It is because almost all of the undergraduates who are memorable go to the pros (like Mr. Roby). Maybe this trend will cease, at least in California, if their new law prevails-and maybe here too if Ernie Chambers gets his way.

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14 hours ago, jason2486 said:

If we play Doc's style of D, we can finish top 7-10. We are going to have good enough guard play to keep us competitive IMO.

 

I also think we'll probably have enough speed and firepower to overwhelm a team or two going through a shooting slump

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6 hours ago, jimmykc said:

I also have this problem until I see this year's Lindy's magazine. It is because almost all of the undergraduates who are memorable go to the pros (like Mr. Roby). Maybe this trend will cease, at least in California, if their new law prevails-and maybe here too if Ernie Chambers gets his way.

 

About that...

 

 

 

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The last-place prediction is no surprise, but the snarky comment (this guy oozes snark, I know) isn't called for. Don't know any players on the team? Fine. Neither do most of your readers, most likely. Here's an opportunity as a media publication to maybe, oh, I don't know, maybe ... inform? 

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Pretty pathetic comment by that writer. I'm fine being picked last. But that's pretty lazy and unprofessional. I suppose it would have killed him to mention two of the Top 10 JUCO players in the nation coming in...

 

By the way, in 8 years in the Big Ten, Nebraska has NEVER finished last. I have no reason to think Fred Hoiberg's team is going to be the first to do so. 

Edited by GoBigFred

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On 10/9/2019 at 4:06 PM, 49r said:

Fred's first team at ISU finished last in the Big 12 so nothing is impossible.

 

Our team is more talented than his first team.  Our talent is somewhere between his first and second teams at ISU.  I also think he has a better supporting cast in terms of coaching.  I'm not saying we won't finish last, but I would be really, really surprised if we don't make a least a little bit of noise on our home court throughout the season.  

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2011 season was a pretty agonizing for Iowa State it seems.

 

2011 Schedulehelp.gif

Game Plan | Opponent Tracker

Date Rk Opponent Result     Location Record Conf  
Fri Nov 12 175 124 Northern Arizona W, 78-64 76   Home 1-0    
Sun Nov 14 158 303 Alabama St. W, 74-47 68   Home 2-0    
Wed Nov 17 131 201 Drake W, 91-43 73   Home 3-0    
Sun Nov 21 90 98 Creighton W, 91-88 69   Semi-Home 4-0    
Wed Nov 24 90 317 Kennesaw St. W, 91-51 68   Home 5-0    
Sat Nov 27 70 250 Montana St. W, 81-59 66   Home 6-0    
Wed Dec 1 66 107 Northern Iowa L, 60-54 63   Away 6-1    
Sat Dec 4 70 75 California L, 76-73 75   Home 6-2    
Mon Dec 6 72 296 Southeast Missouri St. W, 85-58 75   Home 7-2    
Fri Dec 10 65 88 Iowa W, 75-72 73   Away 8-2    
Sun Dec 12 64 276 Texas Southern W, 65-54 64   Home 9-2    
Sun Dec 19 70 321 Dartmouth W, 71-42 68   Home 10-2    
Tue Dec 21 64 343 Chicago St. W, 104-63 85   Home 11-2    
Thu Dec 30 51 103 Virginia W, 60-47 60   Away 12-2    
Mon Jan 3 44 274 Northern Illinois W, 72-63 74   Home 13-2    
Sat Jan 8 46 64 Nebraska L, 63-62 66   Away 13-3 0-1  
Wed Jan 12 42 3 Kansas L, 84-79 81   Home 13-4 0-2  
Sat Jan 15 39 80 Baylor W, 72-57 63   Home 14-4 1-2  
Wed Jan 19 32 73 Oklahoma St. L, 96-87 79 OT Away 14-5 1-3  
Sat Jan 22 36 42 Missouri L, 87-54 87   Away 14-6 1-4  
Wed Jan 26 45 121 Texas Tech L, 92-83 78   Home 14-7 1-5  
Sat Jan 29 57 144 Oklahoma L, 82-76 78 OT Home 14-8 1-6  
Tue Feb 1 71 54 Colorado L, 95-69 79   Away 14-9 1-7  
Sat Feb 5 75 32 Kansas St. L, 86-85 68   Home 14-10 1-8  
Sat Feb 12 78 3 Kansas L, 89-66 70   Away 14-11 1-9  
Wed Feb 16 77 49 Texas A&M L, 71-66 63   Away 14-12 1-10  
Sat Feb 19 74 42 Missouri L, 76-70 70   Home 14-13 1-11  
Tue Feb 22 78 5 Texas L, 76-53 69   Away 14-14 1-12  
Sat Feb 26 77 64 Nebraska W, 83-82 68 OT Home 15-14 2-12  
Wed Mar 2 76 54 Colorado W, 95-90 76   Home 16-14 3-12  
Sat Mar 5 75 32 Kansas St. L, 67-55 69   Away 16-15 3-13  
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Wed Mar 9 76 54 Colorado L, 77-75 73   Neutral 16-16    
Home games played at Hilton Coliseum (14,356, 38th largest in D-I)

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1 hour ago, 49r said:

2011 season was a pretty agonizing for Iowa State it seems.

 

2011 Schedulehelp.gif

Game Plan | Opponent Tracker

Date Rk Opponent Result     Location Record Conf  
Fri Nov 12 175 124 Northern Arizona W, 78-64 76   Home 1-0    
Sun Nov 14 158 303 Alabama St. W, 74-47 68   Home 2-0    
Wed Nov 17 131 201 Drake W, 91-43 73   Home 3-0    
Sun Nov 21 90 98 Creighton W, 91-88 69   Semi-Home 4-0    
Wed Nov 24 90 317 Kennesaw St. W, 91-51 68   Home 5-0    
Sat Nov 27 70 250 Montana St. W, 81-59 66   Home 6-0    
Wed Dec 1 66 107 Northern Iowa L, 60-54 63   Away 6-1    
Sat Dec 4 70 75 California L, 76-73 75   Home 6-2    
Mon Dec 6 72 296 Southeast Missouri St. W, 85-58 75   Home 7-2    
Fri Dec 10 65 88 Iowa W, 75-72 73   Away 8-2    
Sun Dec 12 64 276 Texas Southern W, 65-54 64   Home 9-2    
Sun Dec 19 70 321 Dartmouth W, 71-42 68   Home 10-2    
Tue Dec 21 64 343 Chicago St. W, 104-63 85   Home 11-2    
Thu Dec 30 51 103 Virginia W, 60-47 60   Away 12-2    
Mon Jan 3 44 274 Northern Illinois W, 72-63 74   Home 13-2    
Sat Jan 8 46 64 Nebraska L, 63-62 66   Away 13-3 0-1  
Wed Jan 12 42 3 Kansas L, 84-79 81   Home 13-4 0-2  
Sat Jan 15 39 80 Baylor W, 72-57 63   Home 14-4 1-2  
Wed Jan 19 32 73 Oklahoma St. L, 96-87 79 OT Away 14-5 1-3  
Sat Jan 22 36 42 Missouri L, 87-54 87   Away 14-6 1-4  
Wed Jan 26 45 121 Texas Tech L, 92-83 78   Home 14-7 1-5  
Sat Jan 29 57 144 Oklahoma L, 82-76 78 OT Home 14-8 1-6  
Tue Feb 1 71 54 Colorado L, 95-69 79   Away 14-9 1-7  
Sat Feb 5 75 32 Kansas St. L, 86-85 68   Home 14-10 1-8  
Sat Feb 12 78 3 Kansas L, 89-66 70   Away 14-11 1-9  
Wed Feb 16 77 49 Texas A&M L, 71-66 63   Away 14-12 1-10  
Sat Feb 19 74 42 Missouri L, 76-70 70   Home 14-13 1-11  
Tue Feb 22 78 5 Texas L, 76-53 69   Away 14-14 1-12  
Sat Feb 26 77 64 Nebraska W, 83-82 68 OT Home 15-14 2-12  
Wed Mar 2 76 54 Colorado W, 95-90 76   Home 16-14 3-12  
Sat Mar 5 75 32 Kansas St. L, 67-55 69   Away 16-15 3-13  
Big 12 Conference Tournament
Wed Mar 9 76 54 Colorado L, 77-75 73   Neutral 16-16    
Home games played at Hilton Coliseum (14,356, 38th largest in D-I)

 

Check out their roster for that season.  It was a hell of a coaching job to finish with a top 70 RPI in the regular season that year.  I think Fred has more to work with this year, and probably an equally brutal conference.  

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