I was on the edge of my seat the whole game last night in a cold sweat with flashbacks to last year. I saw shoddy defense, mental lapses, and poor shooting throughout. On one hand I can point out all the excuses that we've all heard and most of us made ourselves. We are a young team, we've never played a real game together, half our rotation was new players, Painter was feeling out the team trying out lots of different rotations, AJ didn't play, NKU shot 3 pointers like lay ups, it was early in the year, a win's a win, and so on and so forth forever.
Or, we could focus on the negatives: we made NORTHERN Kentucky look like Kentucky, we should have lost to a team that is practically D2, we went one-on-one too often and didn't run the offense. Most of our players exhibited long stretches of horrible decision making, our defense was generally atrocious. NKU should have won because we couldn't box out at the end of the game. Davis and RJ haven't shown much improvement, TJ still can't shoot. Should I go on?
Let's be realistic for a little bit. We ARE a young team, and we probably will improve through the year. But we DID play crappy defense and we couldn't pull away from a school whose nickname is the Norse! Are we going to make the final four? No! It's not going to happen this year. Will we win more than we did last year? Probably. At least I hope so.
At this point we are at about the same spot as we were last year except that last year we were 0-1 and now we're 1-0. We're all Purdue fans right? We are the eternal optimists and the absurdly hopeful. Choose to dwell on the negative if you would like. I, on the other hand, will retain my tempered optimism and excitement about this team. Is there room for disappointment? Of course there is: as I said, we root for Purdue. Let's take it one game at a time and keep rooting for our Boilers.
Oh, and the basketball team now has as many wins as the football team, so there's that, right? Right?