In the sports world, John Calipari should be downright ashamed of how Kentucky lost to Indiana. I know IU is going to be better this year, much to Purdue's chagrin, and I wasn't all that shocked that it was a close game,* but how that game ended would have me beyond furious if I were a Kentucky fan. Let's recap.
*I am pretty shocked Indiana actually pulled it off, and I was surprised it was that tight of a game. Not shocked, but surprised.
Kentucky just took a two point lead on free throws. A timeout is called (I don't remember if it was Kentucky or Indiana) with five seconds on the clock. Kentucky has a foul to give. On the inbound, Indiana throws the ball undefended to nearly the half court line. The Indiana guy quickly drives down to close to the free throw line with little to no defense pressure. He drops the ball off with Christian Watford, who hits a three as the clock expires. Three Kentucky defenders fall over themselves trying to get out to him, but to no avail. IU wins by a point.
Yes, it was a pressure three and I don't mean to take anything away from the shot itself. But horrendous does not even begin to describe the defense by Kentucky. How do you just let them catch a pass from the far end line to the half court line without some serious defensive pressure? And when that happens, why do you not foul immediately to try to reset your defense, since you had one to give? It was even worse than Evan Turner's three from around midcourt to knock Michigan out of the Big Ten Tournament a couple years ago, and that was pretty shocking. You only have to play tough defense for five seconds. Put a man on the ball, make it hard to get in, and keep a couple defenders back to pick up whoever might come in for the pass. I hesitate to even call that a press, but you have to put some sort of pressure on the ball. Indiana may very well have never gotten off a shot with halfway decent pressure. Instead, Calipari played his patented pro-style defense (which is to say none) and Indiana was able to topple the number one team in the nation. I guess I can't speak for other fanbases, but this was a horrible outcome for Purdue faithful. The only plus is the rivalry might start getting the press it deserves again, but I don't think many Boilermaker fans minded handing the Hoosiers those losses in the meantime.
In other personal news, our wedding pictures finally came in. We've divided up the albums before, during, after, and at the reception. Enjoy, if you should be so inclined. And yes, those are Facebook links, but they should be good for the general public, so no worries if you are not a Facebook member or anything along those lines.