Update: After a bit of soul searching I changed the title. I wanted to strike through season, but apparently can't do that to titles. Anyway, saying the season was a failure is a bit much. However, I still feel failure applies to the Tourney. Sweet Sixteen is no easy task and it's nothing to stick our nose up at, but after last weekend's games I did, in fact, expect us to play much than we did tonight. Had we played better, we would have won. So I guess I expected a win tonight. It felt good to expect that. I was finally watching a team that played with so much confidence it allowed me to have some confidence as well. This team, even without AO, was more than capable of making the Elite Eight. I firmly believe that. I make no statements about the Final Four or a championship, just Elite Eight. I still feel that way and think we should have done better in the Tournament (or more specifically, this game) than we did. If that makes me elitist or a dickhead or something, so be it. As I said in my more recent post, I will go back to trying to eat shit and get a life. Though, mattdogg, if you don't mind, I'm gonna focus on having a life as I really would rather not eat shit if at all possible. No offense. (I will leave the body of my post as is. I wrote it. I'll live with it.)
Look, this season was awesome. Great wins. Big wins. Big East regular season champs. But advancing no further than last year's team, with a clearly superior squad, is not a successful season.
We can say AO was out, but he wasn't really the reason we lost. Bad shots all night long. Butterfingers and telegraphed passes all night long. To end the season that way, from this team, this early, is unacceptable.
There was nothing good to say about that loss really. Just a really disappointing way to go. They looked completely lost. It was as if they were playing together for the first time.
I just don't get it. If we were going to lose this game it was going to be because Butler shot lights out from three (which they are more than capable of doing). Butler didn't shoot lights out from 3. They were 25%. The fact that we lost anyway is pathetic. Ugly, ugly, ugly.
I am embarrassed right now. Did they secretly eat Chipotle last night? They must have, because otherwise that performance is unexplainable. There was almost no intelligence to it at all. Butler played a decent game, but not one that should have made us look so out of sync.
I am just stunned. Not that we lost, but how it went down. I wanna say, well next year. And I should know that a wait and see approach is best, but if this squad can't string the wins together when it matters...
Goddammit. I don't even know why I'm writing this. I'm gonna stop now.
Maybe Cornell can make the night not suck every ounce of life from me, but I'm not counting on it.