A little something from the NCAA tournament

  • 03/18/2010 1:34 pm in

I know it’s a hard day for most of you, watching now the second tournament in a row that Indiana has missed by quite some distance. And it probably doesn’t help your psyche to bring up some former Hoosiers who will take the floor hoping for their shining moment over the next two days. But I’m going to do it anyway.

Armon Bassett (yes, that Armon Bassett) went absolutely wild for Ohio in the Mid-American Conference tournament last week, scoring 25, 38, 28 and 25 points over four games to lead the Bobcats to a MAC title and an NCAA appearance.

Asked in the build-up to the NCAA tournament during yesterday’s media session about his checkered past, Bassett had this to say:

“I just got to thank God just for blessing me. I know I had some hiccups, but I managed to come out of those and weather the storm. I’m just happy to be here again.”

Not really sure I have anything to say about this per se, it was more just a little tidbit I thought I’d bring you. I know many of you probably still feel as though Bassett is one of those Hoosiers who bore a certain amount of responsibility for everything that happened in 2007/08, and you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. I just thought I’d put this up here, and let you digest it as you wish.

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  • Should have been “per se.” Blame me, I should have given it a read.

  • “per-say”?

    I watched the MAC championship game. Bassett looked pretty good, and Ohio looked like a team that was better than a six seed in a crappy conference. But then, they weren't playing stellar competition, either.

  • “per-say”?

    I watched the MAC championship game. Bassett looked pretty good, and Ohio looked like a team that was better than a six seed in a crappy conference. But then, they weren't playing stellar competition, either.

  • Should have been “per se.” Blame me, I should have given it a read.

  • Big_Tom

    Bassett was one of my favorite players at IU. He played with high energy and hit big shots. College basketball is all about energy and emotion, in my opinion, and he was one of those guys who could turn that on in most games. I wish we had his swagger and confidence on this squad.

    I'm happy for Armon that he has been able to succeed at a different school. The guy just didn't take on his responsibilities at IU. I had a class with him on the history of Indiana basketball. It was the type of class where you show up, take some notes, and do some easy assignments and you get an A. I think Armon showed up for about three classes and usually he would just sleep through them. Hopefully for his sake he's acting more like a man at Ohio.

  • No, I'm in a bad mood. I'm not blaming you or Zach. I'm blaming Mike Brey.

  • IUNUT

    Just imagine what could have happened to IU if Bassett, Jordan Crawford, Eli Hoffman, Xavier Keeling (Spelled it wrong sorry) and Mr Ebanks from WV (decommited after the ANTI CHRIST got fired) were playing for us. Add them to the great freshman class we just had. I say a two or three seed in the Tourney.

  • IUDan

    I could be wrong, but I've always felt that Bassett and Crawford, among others, were good kids who maybe went down a wrong path. I place the blame on Ellis, Thomas, and the loser coach who will remain nameless who turned a blind eye.

    No hard feelings against those kids, or Ebanks/Hollowell, others who chose to move on (although I'd have rather Holman NOT have thrown a plant at Crean – nameless, yes, Crean, no – seems to me like that kid was used . . . enjoy obscurity at Detroit, Eli). My aunt teaches at Xavier so I watch them a bit – always pull for Crawford.

    What could have been – that's ok – better to get rid of nameless loser coach than continue on with him.

  • Anyone else catching former Hoosier Ben Allen playing for St. Mary's? Seems to be greatly improved.

    http://sports-ak.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile

  • superhoops

    The love affair continues for the former players that were part of an era that brought down IU basketball. What was Armon's GPA at IU? 1. something? Boy I just sit here daydreaming how I wish all those guys were back at IU, flunking classes, disrespecting the IU uniform, doing drugs and admiring their coach as a “father figure.” Yeah, I'm sure they all called “dad” and reminisced about the good old days of violating rules and making the tournament after they sold their souls. As for me, I'll gladly take our current group over those guys, even with a losing record.

  • GFDave

    I watched the whole game. The kid didn't have any energy at all. Could hardly make himself bend at the knees. Made halfhearted attempts at screens. Trotted down court on D and got to the rim in time to pull the ball out of the twine. Couldn't be bothered to dominate smaller players when he faintly tried to post-up. Other than that I thought he was great.

  • Ryan_Btown

    Kid just dropped 30 points…I felt like he was a kid who was influenced by a lot of others when things started going badly, and he had a poor attitude about the situation. That's part of it, you can never tell had a kid that age is going to react to the world as he knew it being tore apart. I'm happy he's having a good tourney, and wish he would have stuck around