Welcome to Redbird Arena for the ISU season opener! The Redbirds take on Utah State of the Mountain West Conference. The Aggies are already 1-0 after 82-71 victory against Weber State on Friday. Hopefully we'll have a lot to chat about with the Redbirds this season. Send me your questions, comments, etc., and we'll have a lot of fun. OK, fire away!
Well, Cam. ISU's scoring should be really balanced this season. I can think of eight guys who might lead the team in scoring for at least one game. If I had to guess the season's leading scorer, I would pick Daishon Knight. I can also see Hawkins, Akoon-Purcell averaging in double figures and Hunter and Lynch close to that. That's for the question.
Utah State typically has a couple players in the 24-25 year-old range because they've taken a two-year LDS Church mission. They aren't as physically imposing as the Aggies were in 2008 when they played in an NIT game here against ISU. That team had a bunch of men.
I could see five guys averaging in double figures. That's difficult to do, but it happens. If it does, that should be really good for the Redbirds.
Good question. Most young coaches in his age range, mid to late 30s, will be in high demand if they can get to the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully that happens and several schools want Dan. Then ISU has to decide how much it can pay. If its a power conference school, it would be difficult for ISU to match that given the financial situation. Now, would Dan leave if someone floors him with a lot of cash and it's a good opportunity? Who wouldn't? You've got to look out for your family in the long range.
Exactly... and there's nothing wrong with that. That's the way college sports works.
He definitely loves ISU. It would be difficult for him to leave, especially if he builds something pretty good, but he has been in the SEC and knows what that is like. No one would blame him. Everyone wants to rise to the highest job they can in their profession.
Yes they can. Lots of firepower.
Teddy Hawkins and MiKyle McIntosh aren't bad recruits. If you're talking top 100 recruits, how many schools in the Valley have done that? Bradley did with Josh Cunningham, but their assistant coach has a good tie to the Public League. Ratings for recruits are subjective anyway. Sometimes a top 100 recruit doesn't pan out, but a guy in the Valley who was a top-300 does.
Can't judge that off one game. They really didn't get into much of an individual scouting report on Lewis, especially a freshman guard.
ISU is the only Valley team playing today. The league had some tough home loss with Bradley getting drilled by Texas-Arlington and Drake falling to Bowling Green, where Chris Jans is now the head coach. Evansville and Loyola beat non-Division Is so that doesn't count. At least Indiana State was able to pull through at IUPUI in overtime and Missouri State beat Eastern Illinois.
I definitely see the Valley having at least two NCAA tourney teams this year. UNI, ISU, Missouri State and Evansville all have a chance. What I don't like about Mo State and Evansville is their weak non-conference skeds. UNI and ISU have a chance to earn some resume-building wins. That's how you get two teams to the NCAA. You HAVE to beat someone like LSU or VCU.
Of course, Wichita State will be there. If Wichita doesn't win Valley tourney, they will be an at-large. Book it.
ISU going with same starting five as exhibition of Paris Lee, Daishon Knight, Tony Wills, Teddy Hawkins and Reggie Lynch.
Starting lineups and national anthem about to get going. Thanks to those who participated. We won't do chats for games in Virgin Islands, but will resume on Nov. 29 against Youngstown State at 1:30 p.m. Follow my reports on today's game on Twitter at Pg_Benson. I would say attendance between 5-6,000 today, tourney bound.