Jan. 17, 2008
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“Growth isn’t losing at home to Purdue four days after you beat Michigan State at home,” writes Mike Hlas in today’s editions of the Cedar Rapids Gazette.
“Yet, even the untrained basketball eye must concede the Iowa men’s basketball team seems to be on a path to somewhere better. The question isn’t if significant progress will be made, but how long it will take to make it.
“Their 67-62 defeat to the Boilermakers last night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena left no Hawkeye coaches or players with contentment. Iowa had just enough breakdowns to lose a spirited fight with a competent and talented Purdue club.
“He doesn’t have No. 12 material at Iowa, for sure. But his construction of this program is under way, and you don’t have to strain to see it. ”
Cedar Rapids Gazette columnist Mike Hlas on the work of Todd Lickliter and the coaching staff of the UI men’s basketball program.
” `We weren’t able to execute plays down the stretch,’ said Iowa guard Tony Freeman. `That definitely kills us against a team like Purdue. Too many turnovers down the stretch will definitely kill you.’
The Boilermakers scored 17 points off Iowa turnovers to the Hawkeyes’ eight off Purdue miscues. There’s your game. Turning down the turnover flow isn’t an impossible dream.
” `I see improvement every day,” Iowa Coach Todd Lickliter said.
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