A lousy Illinois team did about everything it could (except make free throws) in an effort to beat IU and Eric Jordan, but couldn't pull off the defeat of America's second most over-rated men's college basketball team, IU (the most over-rated is Xavier).
Biz Markie shot about 80% from the charity stripe v. my Boilers last Saturday, but went 1 for 6 in the final minute and first overtime...if he would have hit half of his free throws this evening (he's a 56% free throw shooter versus everybody but Purdue), Illinois probably would have won. But it's not all on his shoulders. Illinois' motion offense looked as if the Illini had never practiced it...and if McCamey wasn't draining one of his 724 three pointers on the night, they were just kind of standing around waiting for him to do so again.
The crowd boo'd Eric Jordan everytime he touched the ball, which I enjoyed. And instead of handling the pressure like a great player (which I actually believe he is), he pouted and whined and bitched. His Dad (Eric Jordan, Sr.) was dressed sharp on the night...he sported a black IU #23 jersey and a sports coat- solid. And his whole family had on the very same jersey. How do I know? Because they were on TV as much as D.J. White (Thanks for that, ESPN).
Kelvin Sanctions, whom I am beginning to think is not only a cheater, but a pretty lousy basketball mind, was interviewed on more than one occasion during the evening. Both times he pretty much said that Eric Jordan needed to shoot each time he had the ball in his hands- Great strategy, Sanctions! I've watched IU play on TV 5 times this year...here's what I see- A really fat kid, Eric Jordan, D.J. White and a bunch of guys who are kind of non-descript that wait for Eric Jordan to do something...now I know it's not their fault, it's the scheme in which they play...but I'm just saying CYO teams that I coached ran more complex offenses.
My favorite part of the game was when the overly-nonchalant Eric Jordan walked the ball up court during the second overtime in 11 seconds (without pressure, mind you). This costly 10-second violation gave the Illini a chance to tie it...they responded by, of course, booting the ball out of bounds...Game over, Hoosiers win.
Thanks for nothing, Coach Weber.