Dan Dakich’s ridiculous tenure as head coach of Indiana is mercifully over. After his team continued it’s abject failure to adjust on defense (Dannyboy claimed he was going to ‘tweak’ the Hoosiers D when took over. He tweaked it up about 10 more ppg. Moron). Other than DJ White and Basset who played like gladiators till the end, this is a team that had clearly given up on its coach. They gave up better than 60% shooting in the second half, mostly from sheer confusion.
I don’t know what was wrong with Eric Gordon. If he wasn’t healthy (missing those free throws was inexplicable), then he shouldn’t have played at all. He absolutely killed this team with his inability to shoot. He obviously isn’t the same player he was early in the year. He couldn’t hit anything.
All in all it was a fittingly embarrassing end to this train wreck of a season.
Demond Sanders: It’s been a memorable couple of weeks as a fan of the Indiana Hoosiers. This season was an unmitigated disaster mainly because it started with such potential. There’s nothing quite like starting a season 24-4 and finishing it 25-8. DJ White deserved much better than this. Part of what makes the college game great is that is is played by 20 year old kids who (mostly) play for free because they love it. But when things go wrong you are left with players who have the maturity of a 20 year old.
The larger problem as you suggest was the coach. If the Hoosiers could play a lick of defense they would have won the last three games going away. Also, it is a pet peeve of mine when coaches don’t play guys regularly the entire season (DeAndre Thomas) and then lean on them for one game in the tournament. To answer your poll question I put a small hole in the drywall after kicking the space heater.