Positive positivity going into tonight

  • 03/21/2008 12:48 pm in

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I don’t think it takes any sort of expert in the field of season definition to tell us the overriding adjective to describe IU’s 2007-2008 season. If Big A were to put up a poll over on the right sidebar there, I have a feeling “disappointing” would win going away. This has been a disappointing season. We know this.

But this is not a post to lament the troubles of Kelvin Sampson, Eric Gordon’s recent struggles or Dan Dakich’s inability to get this team to play anywhere near the level Sampson had them at before he took his final bow. Oh no, this is a post to rally us all in one nation under Indiana hoops. So in an effort to convince myself we can actually win tonight — on the whole I’m not an overly positive person when it comes to this stuff so this is really a stretch — here are some quick, not-thought out-at-all positives. Because let’s be positively positive tonight, OK?

Eric Gordon. Yes, I know what you might be saying right now: “How can I possibly be relying on advancing to the second round of the tournament by way of Eric Gordon? The turnover machine? The guy that hasn’t hit a three since like, January?”

Let’s spin it this way, kids: isn’t he due for a big game? A game in which he’s raining threes from half court? In which he’s drawing defenses to him when driving — driving under control, might I add — to the hoop, handing off easy dishes to the rest of the squad. I’d say he’s been due for a few game to show us what he’s really made of. So why not tonight? (Just picture it in your mind for a second. Doesn’t it feel good?)

We have shooters. Armon Bassett, Eric Gordon, Jordan Crawford. If these three are raining from the outside early and often, we know that bodes well for tournament success. Sure, it’s been a while since we’ve seemed white hot from the outside, but again, we’re due right?

The emergence of Big D. Sure, DeAndre Thomas might be ridiculously foul prone, but if he plays with the same wherewithal he displayed in the Minnesota game and we get solid play out of Kyle Taber, we might be able to neutralize the Razorback’s size up front.

D.J. White. No expansion necessary here. And who isn’t pumped for Hansbrough-D.J. matchup?

Commenter Jamie says they looked relaxed at practice. Hey, I’ll take it.

So, there we have it. Feeling better about tonight out there? We must be right? Right? Sigh. I don’t know if this did the trick. Your additional positive reinforcement to make me feel better about the game, as always, are welcomed in the comments.

Indiana, we’re all for you.

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  • deedubbadoo

    So what I gather is we are going to need a double dose of Armon Bassett to beat Arkansas?

  • Kelin Blab

    I think it is Armons son…..also isn't jordan crawford on the team?
    Had to get my jab in……

    Not sure if anyone metioned it…..so after selection sunday I am tuned in to see the analysis of the field by all of the greats…..Duke Bilas, Dukey V, Pats dad, etc etc…. but nooooooo not til Sunday night did I see the best TV analysts there is….A.J.Ratliff on channel 13 in Indy…….That is the guy I want analyzing the field of 64.

  • BrianK

    Ok they are pissed for alot of reasons. 1. Sampson got fired. 2. DD and not Mac was installed as HC. 3. The selfish style play they thought they could play hasn't worked. 4. They've been ran over at teh end of the Big Ten season even by teh Penn State doormat. 4. They were being picked as a Final four team and now a one and done. 5. The NCAA committee slapped and disrespected them with a crappy seed. 6 Everyone is going against them, all they hear is “what they could of been”.
    Now they wanna show who they really are and what they are really made of and what Sampson and IU nation thought they would be. Their Hungry and pissed.

  • I guess it would have been better if the typo was DJ's name twice. Let's just pretend I did that.

    Go team!

  • Ryan_Btown

    It's the tournament…if they wanna play sunday, they'll win. Simple as that. Play for indiana, play for the fans, but most importantly, play for themselves, and they'll be fine…

  • myrddin

    Gordon won't have a good game until his wrist is fixed and he isn't wearing the brace, probably fixed by surgery.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Eric Gordon is not wearing the brace anymore but just wearing the wrap because he said he got used to it being there so he is going to continue wearing it but i dont see him wearing it tonight because it has brought nothing but bad luck and bad play out of him I think gordon will have a huge night along with dj getting at least 20 and 15 and crawford adding in around 14 points, Arkansas guards will not be able to contain our guards that will be a super advantage and there is no one who can guard dj white and who else wishes we still had patrick ewing jr that kid is playing his butt off

  • ALH_00

    I look at tonight as an opportunity. Getting to play “better” competition tonight will be a nice warm-up for the Sun. matchup with UNC. The team will focus the offense through DJ, and the guards will find their shooting touch early. Defensively, IU will come out with intensity and hustle. They will shut AK down, rebound well and get out in transition, where EJ will turn in some highlight material. Most importantly, a solid victory tonight will give IU confidence that, with all of the talent they have, they can stick it to Carolina.

    That would be nice to see tonight.

  • JamesHardy

    I see the Hoosiers getting down early…like 17-6 on 2 of 11 shooting in the first 6 minutes. After that, DJ will promptly insert his foot up EJ, AB, and Ellis' ANAL CAVITIES and we'll go 12 of 16 to finish the half and lead by 6 at the break. In the 2nd half, our talent will kick in and we pull away to win by 17.

    HOW'S THAT FOR POSITIVE???

  • BrianK

    I was worried there for a minute but you pulled it out lol.

  • JamesHardy

    nuttin but POSiTIViTY!!!! ***spoken in my BEST Chris Rock impersonation***

  • myrddin

    Gordon won't have a good game until his wrist is fixed and he isn't wearing the brace, probably fixed by surgery.

  • TomCoverdaleIUHero

    Eric Gordon is not wearing the brace anymore but just wearing the wrap because he said he got used to it being there so he is going to continue wearing it but i dont see him wearing it tonight because it has brought nothing but bad luck and bad play out of him I think gordon will have a huge night along with dj getting at least 20 and 15 and crawford adding in around 14 points, Arkansas guards will not be able to contain our guards that will be a super advantage and there is no one who can guard dj white and who else wishes we still had patrick ewing jr that kid is playing his butt off

  • ALH_00

    I look at tonight as an opportunity. Getting to play “better” competition tonight will be a nice warm-up for the Sun. matchup with UNC. The team will focus the offense through DJ, and the guards will find their shooting touch early. Defensively, IU will come out with intensity and hustle. They will shut AK down, rebound well and get out in transition, where EJ will turn in some highlight material. Most importantly, a solid victory tonight will give IU confidence that, with all of the talent they have, they can stick it to Carolina.

    That would be nice to see tonight.

  • JamesHardy

    I see the Hoosiers getting down early…like 17-6 on 2 of 11 shooting in the first 6 minutes. After that, DJ will promptly insert his foot up EJ, AB, and Ellis' ANAL CAVITIES and we'll go 12 of 16 to finish the half and lead by 6 at the break. In the 2nd half, our talent will kick in and we pull away to win by 17.

    HOW'S THAT FOR POSITIVE???

  • BrianK

    I was worried there for a minute but you pulled it out lol.

  • JamesHardy

    nuttin but POSiTIViTY!!!! ***spoken in my BEST Chris Rock impersonation***