3.17.2007

Cougs ousted by Vandy; my heart actually still works

I'm spent. I'll be back later when I'm actually able to post some coherent thoughts.

The one thing that will stick with me, despite this unbelievable year, is that in the end a team that was so unbelievably poised and composed all year long absolutely lost its poise and composure in the last 2:30 of that second overtime. Turnovers, bad shots, poor decisions -- the works.

All the credit in the world to Vanderbilt. The first half showed why they lost to some awful teams. The second half showed why they beat Florida. That's a pretty darn good team.

5 comments:

Gary's Vintage Views said...

I can't believe the cougs lost their composure in the end...
That's the sign of young team.
They got impatient. They got sloppy.
It cost them game.

Gary

your brother said...

I don't know whether to puke or cry, or just drink so much that I'm forced to cry while puking.

Any thoughts as to Ivory Clark's absence most of the last half of the game? I know he was only 1-5 in 15 minutes, but somewhere in the middle of the 2nd half after we got shot over for 5th straight time, might Clark's long arms have been a good thing to get back in the game? He came back in with less than a minute in regulation, made a key block, then went back to the bench. I missed watching the first half so maybe I'm missing something obvious; or something else obvious. No criticism here (who am I to do so?) just curious about your thoughts.

your brother said...

Oh yeah, and eff CBS for not only not televising the first half of the game in the "Bay Area" (I hate that), but for also BLACKING THE GAME OUT FROM THE ON DEMAND ONLINE BROADCAST IN CALIFORNIA!! Oh yeah, and they're also in my best graces for cutting to the VC/Pitt game for 2 1/2 minutes with 4:30 left in the 2nd overtime. I can't possibly come up with a dirty enough word for them right now. Rest assured there are a lot of your standard dirty words strung together with hyphens involved.

Nuss said...

You know, Joe and I had that very conversation about Clark, but it mostly centered around Baynes. He was so effective early, but they completely stopped trying to get him the ball in overtime.

We both felt that if they weren't going to give him the ball on offense, there really wasn't any good reason for him to be in there. It was almost like Bennett tightened up in the heat of the moment, just like the players did.

your brother said...

Exactly. Like I said, I'm not in a place to criticize. What a game. I had to take a shower Crying Game-style after that loss.