Remember last time we played Notre Dame? Terrence Jones went off for 27/17. That was awesome.
Is anyone else surprised by the number of headlines touting Notre Dame’s “upset” win over the Cats last night? Last I checked, they were favored to win; now after the fact, suddenly it’s an upset?
It’s flattering that some folks would call it that, and it’s flattering that the Irish would rush the court after winning a game in which they were favored. Silly, but flattering. But as members of the BBN, can we really be shocked at what happened last night? There are a few people in the college hoops world who seem to think that the thrashing in South Bend was par for the course:
This is what was supposed to happen. … The Linemakers service on Sportingnews.com had ND as a 1-point favorite, and at that price this might have been one of the safest bets of the season. Here’s what the Irish do not do at Purcell Pavilion or the Joyce Center or whatever you care to call this place: lose. They entered the Kentucky game 40-1 in their last 41 home games.
This is what’s supposed to happen. When a team this young goes on the road for the first time, it is supposed to lose. When it’s late November, and your group of freshmen and sophomores haven’t played in a hostile environment, and said hostile environment happens to be a packed, blackout-clad Joyce Center, where Notre Dame never loses in nonconference play, you are supposed to lose. When ND’s football-obsessed fans are juiced off that team’s 12-0 national-title run, and that school’s Heisman candidate is sitting in the front row of the student section — and, oh by the way, you are also playing a very good team with a very real chance of winning the Big East —you are not supposed to play winning basketball.
Apparently, UK was supposed to lose this game. The silver acorn had been dropped, the Great Tree of Antiquity had spoken, and Notre Dame’s success was not expected, but demanded.
But yeah, we probably should have lost that game. More than simply the Irish playing well (they did), last night was an exhibition on how badly this Kentucky team can play. Hopefully that ends up being a one-night only performance.
But recall the iteration of the Cats from only two years ago, which this team resembles far more than last year: they were walloped pretty early on by a UConn team and lost by double-digits in Maui after winning a supposedly tougher matchup against Washington. Granted, that UConn group went on to win the National Championship that year, but we didn’t do too poorly in the long run, either.
This team is going to take some lumps. Regardless of what was “supposed” to happen last night, rest assured that this team will get better. How much better, we don’t know; but improvement will be there. And should we happen to play this team again, safe to say that 1-point line might be a little different.
Oh, and did you guys see Manti Te’o at the game? One of my friends went to the game, and told me he was there. I don’t know if I believe him.