No There Weren’t Any Buzzer Beaters Here …………………
Last night in one of the more inglorious games played on the court of a college basketball venue. The game between Penn State and number sixteenth ranked Illinois left a great deal to be desired. Between the two teams they managed to show their ineptitude on both ends of the court.
What was even more startling that had one not looked clearly at the result . You’d have thought that it was a game either being played by two high school teams or perhaps that of females at the college level. The two teams between them could only muster up 71 points in total. That if anything gives you a clear indication as to how bad this must’ve been.
Now don’t get me wrong it’s not every college men’s game that’ll produce a high scoring game. And at the same time one would expect some sort of proficiency both teams when it comes to showing some commitment to playing hard. Whatever took place last night between the two teams was short on skills and even shorter on the entertainment factor. As to what this says about Illinois’ basketball program . I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
The box score if anything shows us how dire things must’ve been last night as both teams tried to muster up some offensive prowess. It can only be explained by the mere fact that neither team had heart to play. Or that they were both completely out of sorts on the court. It was a lackluster performance by both teams. And even if Penn State did prevail in the end winning 38-33. Certainly they can’t have felt comfortable with that sort of display at the end of the day, win or no win.
It must be said that it has to be at times like this one’s happy to see teams such as Oklahoma , U Conn and North Carolina making the attempt to play an up tempo game and entertain their fans. Last night’s diatribe between the Nittany Lions and the Illinois was putrid at best. The scary thing however is that both teams have ambitions to make it to the Big Dance in March. And if this is an indication of what we’re expect from them both. Then I for one would prefer if neither team accepts an invitation there. A repeat of last night’s performance would set everyone off for sure.
No one ever wants to see bad basketball being played no matter at what level. But based on last night’s observations I’d hasten to wonder if we’re not in for more of the same down the stretch as a number of teams vie for legitimacy as to their aspirations for a NCAA Tournament berth. It has to be said that fans of the game can only tolerate so much in the end. Be it at the college level or in the professional ranks.