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Daily Bullets (Jan. 22): Bad Shooting vs. Bad Defense in Ames, Chuba Says to Believe



I’m fascinated by this article looking at the link between revenue, recruiting, and championships – don’t tell Chuba

Bullets Rundown

• Bad shooting vs. bad defense in Ames
• Two very different 15 year stretches in Cowboy Basketball
• Pokes low in a preseason top-25


• MBB: Iowa State 89, Pokes 82

OSU Bullets

• The good news? OSU put 82 points up on the easiest team to score on in the league. The bad news? It was too inefficient and they lost the game as a result.

Coming into this game ISU ranked last in the league in field-goal percentage allowed (44.4 percent) as a defense and Oklahoma State came in ranked last in field-goal percentage (40.5 percent) as an offense. Something had to give, right? Nope, they just split the difference. OSU went 26-69 from the field (42 percent), and that was with the Cowboys making nine of their last 14 over the last four-plus minutes and six of nine in the last two. [PFB]


• Isn’t this a crazy trend?

23 tournament wins in 15 years is an incredible run and one win if 15 years is an incredible run in the opposite direction.

• Looking at this preseason top-25 primarily based on analytics it’s surprising to hear why this outfit has the Pokes lower in the rankings. 

The return of running back Chuba Hubbard is obviously good for Oklahoma State, as he can make some game-changing plays that most running backs can’t. He had 15 runs that resulted in a gain of 30 or more yards in 2019, four more than anyone else.

The Cowboys also bring back a top wide receiver in Tylan Wallace, who was elite on underneath targets by producing a perfect passer rating — which is much needed, considering their quarterback situation is less than ideal. Spencer Sanders performed well below average, producing a 58.0 passing grade. [PFF]

As Sanders enters his third year on campus, it’s reasonable to assume he’ll continue to progress and potentially even leap at this point.

• Is there a position that OSU has more representation in the NFL than defensive back?

• Fun 20-minute interview here with former Cowboy kicker Luke Phillips

• Ha could you imagine the talent dropoff to a team that was mauled by Kansas?

• This shot from the KU-K-State brawl last night was alarming:

Non-OSU Bullets

• I like this idea of soup-port groups
• This faith-based blogpost (obituary of sorts) about a son’s perspective on his dad was touching
• Finished this non-fiction read looking at more community-oriented values (than individualistic ones) – didn’t jive with all my views but incredibly thoughtful. Love how he shifts the conversation. This Atlantic review would be helpful if you’re interested.

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