No There Weren’t Any Buzzer Beaters Here ………..

 

 

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. 

 

 

Andrew  Jones  of  Penn  St  and   Mike  Tisdale  and  Calvin  Brock  of  Illinois   contest   a  rebound  during  the  game.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  .....................
Andrew Jones of Penn State and Mike Tisdale and Calvin Brock of Illinois contest a rebound during the game played Champaign , Illinois. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ..............

  

 

 

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.

 

 

Bruce  Weber  of  Illinois   shouts   instructions  to   his  players  during  the   game .    picture  appears   courtesy of  ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  ............
Coach Bruce Weber of Illinois shouts instructions to his players during the game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ...............

 

  

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.

 

 

Jamelle  Cornley (2)  of  Penn  State  tries  to  elude  the defensive  play   of  Illinois'  Mike  Davis  and  Mike  Tisdale  .    picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Darrell Hoemann ...............
Jamelle Cornley (2) of Penn State tries to elude the defensive play of Illinois' Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann .............

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Talor Battle  of  Penn  State   grabs  a  rebound  in  front  of  Illinois'  Mike  Davis .    picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Darrell  Hoemann  .................
Talor Battle of Penn State grabs a rebound in front of Illinois' Mike Davis . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ................

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Trent  Meacham  of  Illinois  and  Andrew  Jones  of  Penn  State  contest  a  rebound  during  the   game   played  in Champaign  ,  Illnois.   picture  appears  courtesy   of   ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  ..............
Trent Meacham of Illinois and Andrew Jones of Penn State contest a rebound during the game played in Champaign , Illinois . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ...................

 

  

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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