I miss the old UNLV Runnin’ Rebels of Jerry Tarkanian. You knew those guys would score 90 points every time out. The question was if they’d hit 100 or 110.
I miss college basketball, period. I’ve covered two games in the last five days. There weren’t 100 points total in either one.
Last Saturday it was Purdue 49, Iowa 45. Nothing can be that wretched for a long time, I said to myself.
Sure, if four days is a long time.
Wednesday night, I was among the eyewitnesses who saw Drake edge Northern Iowa, 47-46.
At one point in the game, there were 26 points and 24 turnovers.
What happened to a once-entertaining game? Where’s Tark? Whatever happened to Showtime? Or at the very least, a team that could score 50 points in a game.
Something worse happened Wednesday than the brick-laying turnover fest at UNI. At Champaign, Penn State beat Illinois, 38-33. No Fighting Illini player scored more than seven points.
Penn State shot 28.3 percent from the field and won!
The teams’ combined 71 points was the lowest total in Division I men’s basketball since Monmouth beat Princeton 41-21 in 2005.
“Naismith probably rolled over several times,” Penn State Coach Ed DeChellis said after the game.
Illinois’ point total was its lowest since a 33-31 loss to Minnesota in 1947.
Get this: Illinois is ranked 18th in the country!
Other scores from Wednesday: Western Michigan 46, Eastern Michigan 38. Nebraska 46, Colorado 41.
Some Wednesday scores from outside the Midwest:
Oklahoma State 92, Texas Tech 82
Florida 83, Alabama 74
Louisville 94, Providence 76
Hofstra 99, James Madison 94
Those are basketball scores. Those are basketball games. How I miss them.