For those interested, the game is on ESPN. Iowa is down by four with eight minutes to go until halftime. Let's hope our Big Ten brethren can bring home the championship! And for those who say "Who cares, it's the NIT?", I respond with, "Don't you remember being excited when Michigan won it all?"
Edit 1: It is 27-22 at halftime. The Bears still have the lead.
Edit 2: Iowa lost 74-54. Unfortunately, they had an off shooting night.
Right now, it's Duke v. Michigan from 1989 with Keith Jackson and Dick Vitale announcing.
Later it's the 89 season.
A lot of people were understandably wary of a board post previewing a hypothetical championship game. I might be in the minority, but I'M OKAY WITH THIS. Consider the actual team's necessary preparation:
This deep in the tournament, all of the teams are clearly very good. To win two games in three days requires more than just a day of prep for the second game. If I were the coach, I would consider having the first day of the week be devoted to the two potential teams to come in the Championship. Reasoning?
First, you want to prepare more than just a day for Louisville/Wichita. You can get to the championship if you just prepare for 'Cuse, but you can easily lose if you're unprepared for the finals. Having 4 days to prep for Cuse vs. 5 days is not as detrimental as having 1 day for Louisville when you could have 2.
Second, not wanting to confuse the team. That's why I'd do it the first day, because otherwise the team gets confused and doesn't focus on Syracuse when it should be. Talking about L'Ville the first day and then the day before the hypothetical game means a good memory refresher and you can start from somewhere other than scratch. (I get this reasoning from exam studying, where one studies first for the exam that will come last in a series, which I have found to be very effective).
Then there are the other forms of reasoning for the fan perspective, e.g., we're not the actual team and can discuss other things, etc. But if the team should be preparing for both games, can't fans do it too?
Thoughts? Does anybody know if a coach prepares the team for both games, or decides to make it as far as possible and hope a day is enough to prepare? It might really be unfeasible to prep for 2 teams the first day, but I think it's also really hard to get over the final four hypothetical victory high in one day and go to work with 1.5 until the next game.
I ordered the Adidas Climalite "Making the Cut" Final Four shirt from MDen, and was extremely excited to get home today only to discover that the medium I ordered is the size of an X-Large shirt. Has anyone else ordered or bought one of these, and is this just my experience, or have others seen the same thing?
Because it's well, THIS WEEK, we interrupt the ongoing
"DESMOND JOINS THE FOOTBALL TEAM"
storyline to bring you...
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I was very tempted to title this one "THE SHOT," because twenty years from now that's what we'll be calling it. And yes, we'll still be talking about it.
Good luck, boys... and thanks for the magic.
Friday Fun will pay homage to the team in perhaps a more stoic way.
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According to this article, the AD's ability to secure a spot in the B1G is reason for keeping his job. And college sport is about the student-athletes right... give me a break