How is this win remembered for you guys? I look at this game as one of the greatest hardwood classics of all time at any level. Yeah the shooting percentages were poor. Yeah a lot of people laughed at the win and wrote it off as both teams didn’t deserve to win or something. But I don’t see it like that at all. This was a game that more than any other game i’ve ever witnessed got to the core of the game of basketball. Some say it set basketball back years, but those people just like And-1 offensive basketball.
This season was one of my favorite seasons in college basketball history. Not just because PSU was tournament worthy, but the rules of the game that year. 2008-2009 was the first year that the 3 point arc was moved back. Only slightly, but it made a difference. There were new passing lanes new angles, new ways the defense had to play. And this was the last year before the “no-charge zone”. Look at 3:14-3:19. Cornley draws a great charge right in front of the hoop. This was before college hoops became an offensive explosion of And-1s in 2009-2010 due to the no charge zone and less players drawing charges like that.
It’s important to note that PSU won the game at Illinois 38-33. The difference that made PSU tournament worthy that year was their ability to play defense and make timely moves.
PSU was down 29-20 with 9:30 left in the game and came back to win. This game should have been an impressive win, but it wasn’t viewed as a good win. The opponent PSU beat was the #16 ranked team in the country. That’s an incredible win. Then Illinois dropped near the edge of the top 25, and PSU beat them again.
Basically, this game, to me, was the most incredible match. Pressure defense, charges, layup attempts, huge rebounds. Andrew Ott in this game had some of the greatest rebounds and plays of his entire career. Look at 1:34-1:42. The pass from Babb to Ott. Then the steal later by Babb.
Everything was clicking in this game. Amazing defensive performances by both teams, and the game kept you on the edge of your set throughout the entire 40 minutes. This was counter attack basketball. Lots of rebounds. Boring to some maybe, but to me this game was the most impressive win of the season to me. A game that to me showed the heart of this PSU and why PSU would have a chance in any game in the tournament.