If you are a college basketball fan, you probably spent the evening with ESPN. Indiana vs. Ohio State had the intrigue of Sampson-gate, and was Dan Dakich's first home game as the IU coach. That was the teaser at 7pm. #1 Tennessee traveled to #14 Vanderbilt in the nightcap at 9pm. Quality basketball.
Meanwhile on the BTN...the Northwestern Wildcats travel to Crisler Arena looking for their first Big Ten win. Seriously? Winless? Wait a minute, I have Comcast! No BTN for me! So with all the passion of Wilbur Shooter Flatch in a straight jacket listening to a radio, I sat down and stared at the mystically pleasing windows media player's psychedelic display as it vibrated to the murky internet radio call of the game.
With 4:31 to go in the first half, the Wildcats lead 36-17. A 19 point lead on the road for a team without a conference victory doesn't bode well for my March miracle plan for these Wolverines. Northwestern's last two victories came against Texas Pan American and Chicago State. Shit.
But Michigan wasn't finished. A run before the end of the half cut the lead to 11, followed by a steady climb throughout the second half. Finally, almost heroically, Michigan took their first lead with 1:15 to go in the game. The crowd, which was no doubt tiny and quiet with the student body in Cancun for the week, began an alternating GO BLUE chant. Too little, too late. Northwestern hit a three to go up two. Manny turned it over. A defensive stop led to a good look at a three pointer by Anthony Wright with 6 seconds to go. No good.
The Wildcats go to 1-14 on the year in the Big Ten, getting their first win in conference in over a year.
For me, it's not that we're bad, or that we lack talent, though both of those things are true. It's the inconsistency. The only thing you can really count on from this team is a 5+ minute scoring drought.
Ending on a good note...Michigan Baseball tied the Mets.