Morning After Archive

The Morning After: Iowa Open Thread

Thanks to a broken DVR and a date with the Chicago Bulls at the United Center last night, I missed my first game of the year. And since that promised midseason report isn’t ready quite yet (though it might be ...

The Morning After: Penn State

This probably shouldn’t be called The Morning After, since it’s coming in the afternoon; my apologies. A weekend visit from the brother and Dr. Martin Luther King Day pushed this back on the list of priorities, but here it is. ...

The Morning After: Minnesota

In the days leading up to the Minnesota game, it seemed fashionable to proclaim Minnesota IU’s first road loss. It was an understandable diagnosis; The Barn is an historically difficult place to play, Minnesota has been playing well, and the ...

The Morning After: Illinois

As R’s headline yesterday said — phew. I was hoping for a rout, though I won’t say I expected it; Illinois under Bruce Weber is, if good at anything, good at keeping games close with stifling defense. They did that ...

The Morning After: Michigan

Perhaps I’m just used to last year’s struggles on the road, but I have to admit I didn’t expect anything approaching the blowout last night in Crisler Arena. But when you combine an absolutely dreadful — I mean, just totally ...

The Morning After: Iowa

Given the difficulty inherent in any Big Ten road game, we should probably just be thankful that IU won last night. After all, the Hoosiers have a history — at least in the past few years — of struggling in ...

The Morning After: Kentucky

Big win, huh? After hearing early in the day that Armon Bassett would miss the game alongside Eric Gordon, I was worried. Of course, I am neurotic about wins and losses; I always think IU will lose even if it ...

The Morning After: Tennessee State

There’s not a whole lot to say about this one. Tennesssee State, not unlike Chicago State last year, comprised a bunch of skittish guards and guys who put the small in small forward. (Zing!) Undersized and underskilled, they were never ...

The Morning After: Southern Illinois

First, apologies for the day-lateness. Thanks to an overeager waitress at Duffy’s in Chicago on Saturday night, I never wanted for a fresh Fat Tire, which, as you can imagine, is not the best way to avoid drunkenness if you’re ...

The Morning After: Georgia Tech

A win is a win, sure, but there was plenty to complain about during IU’s 83-79 win over Georgia Tech last night. So let’s get into it. Hopefully this doesn’t become a recurring theme, because this team is too talented ...

The Morning After: Xavier

Losing early in the year is never as bad as it feels — last night, it felt like anger with a capital ANGER — but the next day comes and the frustration wears off and you start to focus in ...

The Morning After: UNC-Wilmington

We’re only two days removed from the Longwood blowout and, predictably, some patterns are forming. Onward: — First, a quick observation about Eric Gordon: What sets Gordon apart from the average highly touted freshman is his sheer athleticism. He doesn’t ...

The Morning After: Longwood

The point of The Morning After is to glean and analyze, thus building a store of knowledge from which to draw when it’s time to figure how well we can expect this team to perform late in the season. Early ...