Hard not to harp on an 0-7 start to the conference season. But, like all things in life, you must move on.
I was looking to see if this team was just going to throw in the towel after its losses to Iowa and Indy, but they surprised me in a good way in Madtown. More important than any win could get them, they earned back some much needed swagger in seeing that they can compete against the conference’s best in a tough building.
One game at a time from here on out.
I love how the team of Battle/Babb/Edwards/DJ/Ott played at Wisconsin. And the substitution pattern wasn’t all that bad, in order to keep those five fresh. If they can develop some consistent play off the bench from anyone with a pulse, they’ll be OK.
Tomorrow’s opponent Illinois looks to be in worse shape than PSU if you can believe that. Not record wise mind you, but in their recent play. Losing to Michigan State, Purdue (at home) and Northwestern, after a 4-0 start against a paper-thin schedule, has some in Champaign calling for Bruce Weber’s head. Since their loss at Georgia (which I saw with my own two eyes), I haven’t seen this team play a solid complete game except at home vs Iowa (and maybe Gonzaga, which they lost to in OT).
PSU outplayed them in Champaign and I feel like they will do the same at the BJC. Hopefully this time, my wife will be the one crying in her soup when the clock hits 0:00.