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...with a below average performance from two of our best players.
There is no shame in losing to Indiana. They are athletic. They bang. They hit shots. They have it all. They are the best team in basketball this year...and we're not far behind (there is no other team I'd want going into March than MSU - or IU). Last night's game proved to me that MSU is a Top 5 team, irrespective of what the clowns on ESPN say.
Oh, stop blaming the officials. They had nothing to do with missed free throws, Appling's off shot, Dawson's TO's, etc. Oh, they also had nothing to do with IU playing awesome and hitting their WIDE open 3's. Blaming the officials for the game last night minimizes the really poor officiated games like AT IU, or AT MN. Those were horribly officiated games. Big difference.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by Hank Moody on 2/20/2013 at 8:23 AM
Well said. IU is ranked #1 for a reason and we did not play well. The refs had nothing to do with the outcome, the better team won.
Here here. IU came to play in every facet of the game and overcame a tremendous crowd. We were right there and are nearly as good as they are, which is saying something.
We didn't have our A game and still had a lead with < 2:00 to play. In hindsight, ill take it and wager that this team may grow more from the loss than win.
On to Osu. Get back to work fellas.
I don't think many are blaming the officials. Couple of calls were frustrating, but that would be forgotten in a win, and there's always a call or two that bothers you in a loss.
IU has good players and a good coach. We didn't play our best. In our Final Four years, we had games like this toward the end of the season, and forgot about them. Move forward, I see great things for this team.
There are a lot reasons to be frustrated about last night's game, among them:
1) the continuation call on Zeller. Sure, officiating did not cost us the game, but that call, at that moment, was a huge call that Teddy clearly screwed up. We were starting to put a run on them and that play held off our mo for a few minutes. Rather than getting the ball out of bounds, 3 points on the board. Huge turning point, or at least so I thought.
2) it just feels like this team is teetering, very unfairly if you ask me, in the high seed territory. I almost feel like this loss forces us to win out to pick up a 1 seed, and I don't think we even have a lot of wiggle room on the 2 line. Other teams, it seems, can continually be less impressive and don't seem to go away in the discussion for 1 and 2 seeds.....UM, Syracuse, Duke and Florida, looking at you. I know some of you don't think it's important, but I think it's a huge advantage to be on the 1 or 2 line.
3) Keith's struggles, especially late. He has been $ all year in the closing minutes. I'll take that mountain of evidence over what happened in one game, so to me, throw this concern out the window.
At the end of the day, still love this team and the potential is there to make something special happen next month and into April. I guess, in retrospect, that is all that matters. Go Green!
It was a game MSU had in the bag like so many other games this year but this time couldn't close it out. The team knows they should have beat #1 and they know why they lost.
Give me a loss like this tough one in Feb any day instead of a tough loss in mid march. The guys will learn a lot from this and get tougher.
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Easily the toughest loss on the year. UConn and Miami feel like another season ago. Minnesota was the first tough away game in a tough environment against a confident and strong team. First IU was expected and probably a boon to everyone's confidence.
This one stung. It's nice to say they were close again with nothing much from Appling, but you have to question if Appling, and Dawson to an extent, are just liable to disappear against that kind of competition. Everything will feel better if they go to Columbus and take care of the nuts. That will show some chops.
I'd rather this loss happened last night than three or four weeks (OR MOAR ) from now.
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The next time we play a team as good as IU again may be in the Final Four....against IU.
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