Saturday, February 13, 2010
Indiana fans reeling after UW blowout
By Eamonn Brennan
It's safe to say most Indiana fans probably didn't expect much from this year's Hoosiers -- it's a young team whose most promising young recruit, Maurice Creek, was lost for the season early in the year -- nor did they expect to win at Wisconsin today. It's also safe to say they didn't expect this: Wisconsin blew out the Hoosiers from the opening tip on Saturday afternoon, handing IU their sixth loss in a row.
It's not just this loss that has the Hoosier faithful upset. After battling hard in a near loss to Purdue, Tom Crean's team was blown out by a Northwestern squad that turned around and lost big to Iowa; IU followed that with a lifeless blowout toEvan Turner and Ohio State in Bloomington on Wednesday. Again, it's not the effort, either -- it's the way IU has played, the way they've come out flat, the way Crean has taken to benching his starters, all of it. The Hoosiers are in a bad way right now, and IU's fan base -- which has been impatient already, before this latest losing rash -- isn't staying positive anymore, and with good reason. Last year's team was considerably less talented, but they never phoned it in. The 2010 Hoosiers appear to be doing just that.
Then again, considering the relative talent on hand, IU fans could take a few more lessons in patience. Indiana could be even worse. Hard to imagine, but it's true, and we've been over this before. If things are still this ugly next year, the kids with the blown-up cardboard faces and the boosters in the red sweaters will have every right to complain. Until then, IU's proud fans would do well to swallow their outrage. After all, how many times can you beat your head against the same wall?