Off topic... But winning the final regular season game the way that we did was one of the top 5 performances of the season in my opinion. First, the Hoosiers are big, athletic, talented and led by one of the better veteran PGs in the country (We know from experience that guards like that can carry teams to victory.). Second, not only did Indiana start the game unable to miss, along with only committing 2 first half turnovers, but we also played terrible ourselves, especially defensively. And finally, nobody on the team just shot lights out. Part of this seasons success depended largely on Stauskas or LeVert one having a great shooting night. Nick recognized the long ball (chics dig it) wasn't falling early and adjusted. He did something very Kobe and Jordanesque in the 2nd half that he hasn't always shown a willingness to do throughout the entire season. He went and parked his ass on the block, scoring regularly from the post, along with taking the ball to the basket early and often. More times than I'd have liked this season, if he was denied the ball or his shot wasn't falling, he'd fade into the background or go camp out in the corner. I think a switch flipped for Glenn as well. The opening tip highlighted a negative attribute that has haunted him in his college career, a certain passivity or lack of fire and will. In the second half he was selectively aggressive and you could see the look on his face, he started to want it as much or more than anyone. We really had nothing to gain in this game aside from finishing strong or the possibility of a 2 instead of 3 seed, and Indiana had everything to gain and possibly their tournament lives on the line... And despite Indiana's great shooting night from the field and FT line (Stanford Robinson 55% on the season, 9-9 Sat), a poor start and very questionable officiating, we gutted out the win anyway against a team that when they're on, are as dangerous as any team in the country. This gives me so much more confidence heading into the tourney. The consensus is that if a team that depends heavily on the 3 has an off night, it will likely be their last come tourney time. I no longer think we are strictly that type of team. My apologies ahead of time for the length of this and many likely grammatical errors. I sent this from my phone while at work.
mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!