A lot of the other stuff you'll hear about last nights game will be noise. The primary, indisputable, unquestionable reason we lost is a simple one: WE WERE PLAYING A ROAD GAME.
...and honestly, North Carolina, for their body of work this year, deserved to play close to home----only the degree of proximity comes to question.
Because we played on the road, things were subtly stacked against us. Hansboro was on David's back once. Another time Hansboro gave David a karate chop to the head. Neither foul was called. DC got called for an inside foul when he and an interior NC forward were knocking each other around with their respective huge backsides. It should have been a "no call." Overall, though, considering the game was played in the Fourth Level of Dante's Big Basement, the ref's weren't bad, and barely gave the devils their due.
We had a couple of bad possessions late. There was a typical out of control moment for Palacios...couple of walks on Earl (but he DID carry us through the whole tourney)...maybe a hurried three by Jerry that clanged. But didn't you love the way we came back to tie after being down by a dozen?!! Pitino outcoached Roy.
On to next year we go. It will be harder. David will be gone. We'll try other things, but he is irreplaceable. We still are rich with the four guards (Preston was fresh air, Brass Balls Award to Andre). We still have a great wing man in TWILL and a world class NBA four forward in E5 if he stays.
...BUT, we'll never get this far with Caracter as the Main Man. This guy is Bad Sparks. Sincerely, I hope he leaves. Again, if I could buy him for what he's worth, and sell him for what he THINKS he's worth, I'd make a few bucks..
I saw the McDonalds High School All American game last week and our hot recruit from NYC. My first impression was that he was slow...my second impression was that he was slow.
Yeah, I'm licking my wounds. I don't feel so sad, though. We had a great year. Let me say that again: WE HAD A GREAT YEAR.
What do you guys and girls think?
Hope everybody got back home safely.