**Northern Illinois vs. Iowa Basketball - 12/13/20 - 1:00pm - FS1**

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Nice little afternoon game for the bench guys to stay in shape.
 

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I really love when Patrick and Keegan are on the court together. They are the perfect bench pieces for this squad.
 

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Such a fun team to watch. Obviously this is basketball and they will lose games, but with their offense at this crazy elite level it is going to be hard as fuck to beat Iowa this year.

To beat them, you will have to not only hope that Iowa chooses not to play defense the whole game, but also that your team is red hot and that the entire Iowa team is ice cold.

Interested to see if they avoid some of the close games to lesser teams that you see other Top 10 teams running into because they have scoring issues that keep them close.
 
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I know that 5 of the 6 opponents so far won't make anyone (nationally) sit up and take notice, but this Iowa team is sleepwalking its way to 100 points a game so far.

Those scoring droughts that could sometimes last up to 5+, or more, minutes of game time - even as recently as last season - are now more 1.5 minutes (at the very most).
 

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Jess settles has a raging homer boner.

wieskamp has been finishing well at the hoop the last few games which is very encouraging. Fredrick just let’s the game come to him. Their skill sets are so important to this team.
 

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Some have been commenting during telecasts about their defense and specifically their transition defense, but being #1 in offensive efficiency means that being #78 on the defensive side is fine.
I also think they are likely better than #78 as Hiawatha was pointing out some of that is carry over from pre-season numbers.
 

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Up to #4 in KenPom with #1 Offense and #78 Defense
I don’t think a team with KenPom D lower than ~30 has won the National Championship. Need to keep tightening that up.

The fact that I seriously typed that out, after the Lick era, and the first few years of Fran, is absurd.

Wild times and will be the best season of Iowa basketball any of us has witnessed.
 
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I don’t think a team with KenPom D lower than ~30 has won the National Championship. Need to keep tightening that up.

The fact that I seriously typed that out, after the Lick era, and the first few years of Fran, is absurd.

Wild times and will be the best season of Iowa basketball any of us has witnessed.
I was around for 87. If you’re right, we will all be sucking each other’s dicks.
 

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I don’t think a team with KenPom D lower than ~30 has won the National Championship. Need to keep tightening that up.

The fact that I seriously typed that out, after the Lick era, and the first few years of Fran, is absurd.

Wild times and will be the best season of Iowa basketball any of us has witnessed.
again, focusing on defensive efficiency rank without also considering the net efficiency rank is silly.

the odds of having a horrible offensive game when it matters, and thereby having to rely on defense to win, is basically completely random.
 

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That was an interesting broadcast for FS1. On a football Sunday against a MAC school you assume it's basically just an Iowa audience. Still, Settles basically just did a 2 hour Iowa infomercial.
They chose to put Penn State-Michigan on BTN while MSU-Oakland and Iowa-NIU was on FS1. Just odd programming.
 

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again, focusing on defensive efficiency rank without also considering the net efficiency rank is silly.

the odds of having a horrible offensive game when it matters, and thereby having to rely on defense to win, is basically completely random.
Not really. You’re typically looking for a 30-35ish margin which is going to be pretty damn hard with defensive efficiency in the mid 90s.
 

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Not really. You’re typically looking for a 30-35ish margin which is going to be pretty damn hard with defensive efficiency in the mid 90s.
I mean, let’s say for the sake of this example every tourney outcome is chalk based on pomeroys year-end model. We are currently #4 overall with an upper-70’s defense. I don’t think we don’t need to get 40 on AdjD to be #1 overall. But maybe we do.

Yes, history says you need a certain level of D to win it all, but that’s probably because no champ’s offense has been as good as ours relative to the field that year, but I am not going to look it up.
 

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You guys both are stat nerds.
 

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I mean, let’s say for the sake of this example every tourney outcome is chalk based on pomeroys year-end model. We are currently #4 overall with an upper-70’s defense. I don’t think we don’t need to get 40 on AdjD to be #1 overall. But maybe we do.

Yes, history says you need a certain level of D to win it all, but that’s probably because no champ’s offense has been as good as ours relative to the field that year, but I am not going to look it up.
Villanova from a few years ago had an offense so good compared to the rest of the field that they obliterated everyone. Their D was good too but they would have still win the championship with a D in the 50’s instead of the teens.
 
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