Posted: 3/23/2012 10:03:27 AM
Before you get your panties all tied in a bunch let's reconsider a couple of those comments.
First, Indiana has won 7 of 8 including wins over Michigan State, Purdue and VCU. How were they lucky against VCU? Because they held VCU to three field goals the final 12:30?
Second, let's rewind to the first meeting between these two teams. I'll help refresh your memory that IU held a 12 point lead with 10 minutes to play. Here is a quote from their coach
"That game wasn't a buzzer-beater,'' he said Thursday. "We were down 12 late and we were lucky to even be in the game. We probably could have easily gotten beat by 20 . . . The score was not indicative of how bad they beat us.''
I love how people use the excuse of Davis in foul trouble as some reason why Kentucky lost. Is that not part of the game? It is strategy to get the other teams best player in foul trouble, especially a big like Davis.
Verdell off the bench does hurt. He had 8 points and 5 turnovers that game. Remy Abell has filled in admirably off the bench. Let's also note that IU shot 43% in this game and on the season averages 48% from the field. So it's not like they shot some "crazy" percentage to win the game.
It will be a very tough task for the Hoosiers to win tonight in Atlanta, but they do have a couple things in their favor. First, they absolute zero pressure. Nobody expected this team to be here and they have nothing to lose. Second, they have beat Kentucky before and will not be intimidated like 90% of the teams that have played UK this year.