Today’s set of games was like being an adult going to King’s Island. Yesterday’s game were like riding The Beast, Racer (backwards), and Vortex over and over again and getting quite the adrenaline rush when you were younger. Then you go back years later as an adult and you ride the rides again and you keep waiting for the excitement to hit you like it did when you were younger and it never happens.
The adult in you kept waiting for the upset to happen in today’s games. It finally materializes in the last game of the night, but the higher-seeded team plays so poorly you feel like you do after riding the Vortex as an adult. You almost feel like you’re going to regurgitate the piece of LaRosa’s pizza you had prior to getting on the ride.
That was Friday’s games.
IU – Now what?
That’s the question the diehard Indiana University basketball fans want answered here in the next few days. Will Tom Crean return? Despite the wagons circling and the majority calling for his firing can Crean survive another season of this? What players will stay? What players will leave? Right now, there’s more questions than answers after the Hoosiers defeat at the hands of Wichita State in the Round of 64 Friday.
In the first half Friday we saw the Indiana team, which beat Butler back on Dec. 20. We saw the Hoosiers, who looked like a team that could contend for the Big 10 title in the middle of January. Then in the second half we saw the team which had lost 10 of its last 15 and the Shockers, with point guard Fred VanVleet taking over the game, end the season for the Hoosiers.
Will say this though according to the report from Gregg Doyel Crean fought for his team to the bitter end even going after one of the officials at the end of the game and telling him “you sucked.”
There’s more to write on this subject – time to hypothetical and to follow what ensues but that’s for another day.
We did what we were supposed to do:
San Diego State
We won, but we didn’t look overly impressive
We were impressive in our win
Iowa – the Hawkeyes looked impressive in their 31-point blowout of Davidson. Iowa played almost as perfect a half of basketball it could play in the second half against to advance to the Round of 32. If the Hawkeyes can replicate that performance and Gonzaga plays as it did in stretches there could be an upset brewing Sunday in Seattle
We tried to give the game away the other team failed to take it from us
We failed to take the game when we had the chances
Coach who has a bright future
Bobby Hurley – the former Duke point guard is building something at Buffalo and the Bulls had several chances today to beat West Virginia, but could never get over the hump to take the lead late in the game. Could he be lining himself up as the heir apparent when Coach K Retires?
We may have had a home game away from home, but we have a chip on our shoulder
Dayton – five games in eight days and this team still hasn’t it that wall like when you’ve played pick-up games all day and finally run out of gas. The Flyers putting themselves in the position to be the “First Four” team to make it to the second weekend like it’s Atlantic 10 counterparts LaSalle and VCU – well before the Rams joined the A-10 and were a member of the Colonial Athletic Conference. Dayton also keeps intact the streak of the Wednesday at-large “First Four” advancing to the Round of 32. That stat from ESPN.
Which also brings up my theory that teams winning play-in games are at an advantage in the next round. Those teams have one game in a tournament setting and have had a chance to get the “tournament jitters” out of their system.
Worst team performance of the tournament thus far
Providence – with the pairings and the way the Friars played last Friday night against No. 1 seed Villanova it looked like they could make a run to the Sweet 16 and face Virginia. All you need to know about how bad it was for the Friars – Kris Dunn and LaDontae Henton went a combined 11-for-39 from the field.
Bad call or by the book technical
The technical on Ed Cooley in the Providence-Dayton game was called because it “precipitated” unsportsmanlike conduct. Frustrated with his team’s play, Cooley pushed a chair out of the way during a timeout. One of the officials saw it and assessed a technical to Cooley. By no means was it the turning point of the game. Providence had played so poorly to that point it wasn’t going to matter.
Note before bed:
My wife is beating me in my “Johnny One Notes” pool. Wendy is currently tied for fifth getting 26 of 32 correct. I am in a log-jam tie for 19th at 23-for-32.