Re: Xavier Basketball
We can see the problem with a network devoted to a small group of teams. The echo chamber, to put it nicely, will be nauseating.
Anyway, I was at the game and have to say I was much prouder of this year's team than last. There was good strong competition, but nothing embarrassing like I've seen from Frease and Lyons on the road.
The Purdue fans are great and their pep band was excellent. Macky Arena is pretty sharp as well. It fits 14k, but feels more like 8k due to the round shape. It gets so loud, but I've heard it wasn't close to as loud as it can get. I look forward to seeing Mich St. or some other ranked rival, say IU?, come through. They do an IU Sucks chant every game. I wish someone would sick the PR police on those darn kids!
I've seen one other display of ineptitude that matches 0-17 from 3 and that was Chris Bosh's 1-18 from the field last year in Chicago. Similarly, his team lost just barely and had he made one more shot at any point it would have tipped the scales.
The announcers were cruel to Dee Davis when I watched the DVR version. I thought he was tentative, but also well guarded. He also managed the game in a tough environment. It felt like X had 20 TO's, but they were actually pretty careful with the ball. The Tu/Lyons combo often drew a lot of charges, or took ill advised attempts in the lane, etc. Their scoring often was offset by higher TO totals sometimes.
I really like this team. It still has toughness and grit, just not in a overt way.