Saturday, March 15, 2008

IU's B10 Tourney Ends with a tough loss to Minny!

Wow! What an ending.

IU had no business winning this game. They didn't show up for the first 10 minutes, just as they haven't shown up all season long. You gotta play 40 minutes every night out and this team hasn't figured that out.

The guys did show great fight to come back and have a chance at the end. Too bad they couldn't hit free throws or they would have won straight out. But it did make for a phenomenal ending if you were a college basketball fan.

How often do teams need to miss a free throw, and get a put back to extend the game and how often do teams execute? It is a rarer feat than hitting a shot at the buzzer. And IU was able to do it... and yet they still didn't get the win.

Thanks to Blake Hoffarber ESPN has another highlight to run for the next week. And it was a heck of a catch and shot. But where was IU's defense? Crawford put no pressure on the in bounds pass. Gordon followed his guy into the backcourt. DJ overran the pass and ducked under it. Armon stood and watched. Only Ellis made any attempt at the ball. And Blake took advantage of it. A rather simple buzzer beater compared to his ESPY winning shot from his backside in 2005.

It will be interesting to see where IU gets seeded now. They should probably get a 5 or a 6, but I could see the NCAA penalizing them and giving them a 7.

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