And I’m a bad boy ’cause I don’t even miss her. I’m a bad boy for breakin’ her heart. And I’m free, free fallin’. Yeah I’m free, free fallin’. -Tom Petty
Public Service Announcement: Ok, here we go! I touched on this earlier, it needs some more attention. It needs some more mention. It is just beyond my comprehension. Step into another dimension. How does this happen? How does one of the most esteemed basketball programs in the nation fall so far? How does Indiana Basketball sink so low? How low can you go? How low can you go? The way things are going now, pretty gosh darned low.
I said earlier, this is not your daddy’s Indiana Basketball. I said earlier this is not your grand daddy’s Indiana basketball. I said this something far far worse.
With the loss yesterday to Illinois, Indiana set a school record with eighteen losses in a season. With the loss yesterday to Illinois, Indiana tied a school record with eleven league losses in a season. Inconceivable! I know I keep using that word. I think it means what I think it means.
It means this was once a proud basketball program. A basketball program that has won five NCAA Championships. The third-most in history. A basketball program that has won twenty Big Ten Championships. How did we get here? This is not my beautiful house. This is not my beautiful wife.
Say what you will about Bobby Knight, but this nonsense would never ever have taken place under his watch.
- Since Knight’s firing, assistant coach Mike Davis took a Knight recruited team into the finals and then promptly took them into the crapper.
- Since Knight’s firing, Kelvin Sampson led the Hoosiers to a 21-11 record overall and a 34th appearance in the NCAA tournament only to be forced to resign due his role in the controversial recruitment of star player Eric Gordon and far worse allegations of serious NCAA violations.
- Since Knight’s firing, the NCAA imposed a three year probation on the Indiana men’s basketball program and upheld the school’s self-imposed sanctions stemming from the actions of former head coach Kelvin Sampson and his staff.
Now the Indiana Hoosiers are led by one Tom Crean. The Crean and Crimson era. In the Crean and Crimson era, as we speak, the Hoosiers rank 326 in the nation (out of 330 teams) in average turnovers per game. Eleven times this season, they have had twenty turnovers or more. Twenty or more! Tuesday at Minnesota, Indiana tied a season high with twenty-six miscues. That’s no way to win. That’s not Indiana basketball. That’s most definitely not Bobby Knight basketball.
And David put his hand in the bag and took out a stone and slung it. And it struck the Philistine on the head and he fell to the ground. Amen. Amen indeed.
Peace out homies. Six two and Even!