The weather was delightful outside and hopefully the action will be also at Redbird Arena when Illinois State and Missouri State square off in a 7:05 p.m. game. This contest has important implications with both teams tied with UNI for third in the Valley at 7-7 with four games left. The Redbirds can't afford to be swept by Missouri State. ISU should have won the Valley opener in Springfield on Jan. 2, but lost a five-point lead with 2 minutes left and lost in overtime. Missouri State is without Marcus Marshall, so we will see how different the Bears are. Fire away with any and all questions.
Referees tonight are Verne Harris, Rick Randall and Eric Curry.
Someone just asked me what I thought the attendance would be tonight. They said the over/under line is 5,200. I would have to go under. Playing Tuesday is better than Wednesday which seems to be a bad night in Bloomington-Normal with church activities, but Tuesday should be better.
From what I can tell the staff gets along great. Let's face it. Last year was an uncomfortable situation for all involved and probably should have been avoided. This is the staff that Dan Muller put together and it seems to be working well. Luke Yaklich is a great guy as are Dana and Torrey.
Seems so. That would be interesting, wouldn't it? Of course, judging the kid by his uncle would be grossly unfair. Hopefully, he plays like his uncle and acts like an adult.
Dan Muller was never a head coach before so he has to earn his way up the salary scale. Plus, Wichita is a bigger market than Bloomington-Normal and regularly sell the place out. Right now, Marshall is more than double any other coaching salary with Creighton out of the league. If ISU starts winning and filling the place on a regular basis, Muller would move up pretty significantly, but an ISU coach is never going to make 1.7 million. Never.
He is at Daytona State College, a JC in Daytona Beach. I believe he went to a prep school last year, so he must be on track to graduate this year and thus have 3 years eligibility. Word is he's a 6-3 slasher who can rebound.
That's hard to say. Yes, ISU is Dan Muller's school, but if someone is offering you a lot more money somewhere else who wouldn't take it? I certainly would. Hopefully, that becomes a problem in about 2 or 3 years because that would mean ISU is atop the MVC and in the NCAA Tournament. By then, I believe Dana Ford would be ready to move into the big seat.
I haven't specifically asked him that question yet, but I would think the answer is yes. Maybe they lose a player or two off this squad, but the nucleus will be back next season and they will want to play as many games as possible. Plus, John Jones probably would be ready to play then and he could use the action.
Twin Towers for sure. Like the idea. The JC kid from Florida wouldn't be bad, either.
I would love for ISU to play Illini. I usually cover the Illini Caravan when they come to Bloomington Country Club in May and I will specifically ask John Groce to make it happen. Best I can do. I knew the other Illini coaches in the past when I covered the team. Too bad Weber still not there. He would probably be more up for it.
Shocked would probably be the right word. This team is built around the perimeter and for the most part hasn't delivered on consistent basis. Fact they are 14-12 against a decent schedule (I know MVC is down) is really a testament to the coaching. I think Dan has good chance to finish second or third in MVC Coach of Year balloting, especially with strong finish. I personally didn't think 9-9 finish was possible when Middlebrooks petered out.
The media bashing is hilarious. A media friend when I covered used to call guys like Goodman and DeCourcy "the inventors" because they think they know more about college basketball than the coaches. That's the feeling I'm getting now about WSU and the Valley. Marshall made a point today that everyone know seems to be in love with Creighton because they're in the watered-down Big East (my words, not his), but Creighton wasn't thought of that highly when the Jays were in the Valley. And you know what? He's right. Everyone seems to forget WSU went to Final Four last year and almost won the damn thing.
I don't have any personal inside info that Bobby is hurt. He still gets to the rim strong. I didn't see those JUCO clips but there are a lot more physical players on this level that make it more difficult to get to the rim and dunk. Maybe that's the case. I love when Bobby weaves inside and then lays it in. That guy sure plays bigger than 5-10.
Doesn't look like it will be a 5,000 crowd tonight at RBA. Students didn't come at all. Man, they really make a difference when they're here. I thought they had a pretty good time Saturday. They remain a tough egg to crack unless it's Bradley or Wichita.
Those were pretty impressive, Paul. Thanks. Try doing that in the Valley and you're going to get knocked on your a-- in a heartbeat. Maybe that's why he's refrained from it. Daishon's dunk was pretty impressive a couple games ago.
Well, it's almost game time. Thanks for participating and thanks for the video. I'm not smart enough to know how to do that. We will convene again at 3:30 Sunday from Cedar Falls before the Redbirds take on UNI. Thanks again.