Hello there Husker fans! Today, we finally get to see the Huskers and Hawkeyes meet on the hardwood. The schedule makers thought it was a good idea to have these two teams wait until the last five games of the season for these two to play two games. The the weather makers decided to scare the decision makers into making us wait two more days. Remember, Nebraska, this is our rival. RIVAL! Last year, the two teams split road wins. This year, the Huskers are finding their way with a first year head coach. The Hawkeyes, with Nebraska native Mike Gesell, are lingering on the outskirts of the bubble, needing a late season surge to make that leap. Both fanbases are excited for the future of their programs. This week, in preparation, RossWB over at Black Helmets, Gold Pants exchanged a few questions for answers. You can find my ramblings on Husker hoops right here. What follows are the replies of Ross. Treat him kindly, he seems a decent fellow.
1. Fran McCaffery is in year three. Having not paid a ton of attention to Iowa basketball before last year, from this perspective, it appears that Iowa is on the rise, is that the case?
Yes, definitely. Three years ago, they were 10-22. Two years ago, they were 11-20. Last year, they were 18-17. This year they're 17-9 with at least six games to go. Things are definitely looking up for Iowa basketball, especially on the heels of a strong recruiting class last year. Iowa ended a 6-year postseason drought last year by making it to the NIT. This year they still have a chance to end a 7-year NCAA Tournament drought, which would be a big step for the program. Hopefully much better days are ahead, but things are certainly improved from the dark days of a few seasons ago.