Eh. Not sure if it’s just me or not …
… but this college hoops season just didn’t entice me at all. I watched maybe 3 complete games — if that — spaced out over 10 minutes here and 5 minutes there. The fact that Illinois sucked all year didn’t help, though they did finally show up in the Big Ten tournament, sending Penn State, Purdue, and Minnesota home before losing to Wisconsin, who is clearly the class of this league.
It was nice, though, to see Indiana get bounced by a miracle finish in their game with Minnesota, after getting the benefit of some really strange (cough, bullshit, cough) calls in the last few seconds of that one. You know, the Big Ten really ought to think about some upgrades in the officiating department. The only thing sweeter than Indiana losing would have been losing to Illinois on a dumb play by Eric Gordon, followed by Kelvin Sampson running onto the court and punching a ref in the face while calling a recruit illegally.
It was not to be.
But I love tournament basketball, and the NCAAs most of all, so I have no doubts that my true love for the game will return.
Now if I could just find a way to get Jim Nantz and Billy Packer to talk about the game they’re covering instead of every other freaking thing they can think of … my god, they are annoying.
Focus, gentlemen. Focus.
Packer, of course, is supposed to do some of this, as a color analyst. But he goes too far with it, discussing things during play that really don’t belong there. And Nantz, whose job it is to announce the action, gets suckered into these gab-fests and doesn’t enforce any discipline on Packer. So they are both at fault.
I may have to resort to the old “play good music on the stereo instead of the game audio” tactic.