I've been a pretty devout basketball fan for as long as I can remember. The past three years(and a few of the previous...sigh) have been nothing shrot of catastrophic. BUT! with this season I'm seeing something that I haven't seen in a Hawkeyes team in some time. Heart. Athleticism. Offense, and HOPE. Each year we've seen flat play. Recruits abandoning the program as fast as possible. Nothing of positive note. I know we're 3-4, but I finally have the Big Ten network out here in NC, and I've been able to watch 3 games so far.
We looked like CRAP in the first game against SD ST. Just offense with no rhyme or reason to speak of. Poor defense. Athletes with no team perspective. No drive to really reach out and win that game though it was never out of our grasp. This is what young, inexperienced teams do. They choke.
In the game against Southern Illinois-Evanston we didn't look a whole lot better. They were just awful. We finally showed a little more team effort later in the game and started HAVING FUN! Something devoid of the last 5 or so years of Iowa Roundball. Either way...nice to see us win BIG!
Last night. We made another young team folly and gave up an 18 point lead and blew it to one hot shooting freshman. BUT! what I did see that I was excited about late in the game was composure. Sure we had a huge dumb dumb moment, BUT we did not give up and give in. The leaders of the team showed their hearts and brought us back into a position to win the game. We were down 11 and could have just let it go. We battled back. Showed signature Iowa DEFENSE and hit some clutch shots(except Gatens...dude what happened to you?).
We have some serious young talent on this team and more coming in next year. I'm not saying we're going to go out and win the Big 10 or a National Championship, but I fully believe that the ship is more than well on it's way to being righted. I know I'm drinking some serious kool-aid this early in the season, but I can't deal with another heavily depressing basketball season(especially since I have the big 10 network and I'll be watching the majority of the games). When was the last time we saw an Iowa PG loft a perfect alley-oop to an explosive young player?(cartwright to may). When was the last time we saw a rebound monster/athlete dunk machine(basabe)? It's been a minute. So, STAND BEHIND YOUR FRAN!, and let's get semi-excited about the future of Iowa Hawkeyes Basketball!!!!!