It's te perfect storm of things that makes it a snooze-fest in CHA.Man it saddens me that so few fans are going to games. I mean Murray isn't going to be there after this yr. Enjoy him while we have him cause nobody has anybody better. He's beyond legit. Inside outside runs the floor in transition. Just takes what the D gives him and plays within the flow of the game. He's so efficient and doesn't take bad shots. His shot selection is as impressive as anything he does.
I get it that the after 8 pm start times in the middle of the week sucks along with CHA not being the greatest environment but lets show out better then that when the weather allows. We had no homecourt advantage last night and that sure as hell would help.
-Students don't care about basketball anymore and Iowa isn't a basketball school. They also have to pay to get in and can't sit anywhere remotely close to the floor. You could fit a swimming pool behind each basket comfortably. Give students free entry and some pizza. It's not like you'd be losing money anyway because they don't go now the way it is...
-Even with Keegan Murray, people want to see a really good, explosive team. We've got one elite standout, one guy in JB who'd start at a few B1G schools, and then a bunch of mid-major guys. Hawks had a lot of trouble handling a Maryland program that's in shambles after a coaching change, when they play the Illinois and Purdues of the world it ain't gonna happen consistently. To be honest I think a lot of it is apathy with Franball. I like Fran and I don't want to fire him, but after over a decade it seems like the first round every once in a while is his ceiling. I'm not advocating one way or the other, but his sample size is fairly large now as college coaches go. Fans don't expect a whole lot and then they don't go to games because of it.
-It's been brought up a million times before but CHA is a terrible basketball venue. At the bottom levels where you need the rowdiest fans it's 50% aisles, and 50% old money blue hair donors. You think Brent Feller and his weird Ozzy Osbourne-lookin' wife are going to let some punk kids have those seats when they donate millions every year to travel around with the team? No way. Not until they get a new venue with luxury boxes for those guys.
And to the people who say "the product is there, it has to be something else..."
I say one word in reply...wrestling. CHA is slammin', rowdy, and loud as hell for wrestling. So yes, if you put an elite "product" on the floor, CHA will rock. Our basketball program is middle of the pack and naturally you aren't going to fill seats.