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The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

Posted on: March 26, 2010 1:08 am
Edited on: March 26, 2010 10:06 am
Thomas Beisner

It took two overtimes, just under 750 lead changes and more shots than 50 Cent, but, when the final buzzer sounded, Kansas State held the lead and earned the right to play Horizon League power Butler on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.  What took place in the late game in Salt Lake City turned out to be one of the most exciting games in tournament history and had people from coast-to-coast rooting for it to keep going.

Except Indiana basketball fans.

Assuming they can remember what the post-season is, Hoosier fans were already suffering enough after watching in-staters Butler advance with an upset victory over top-seeded Syracuse when former Hoosier Jordan Crawford and former Hoosier commit Terrell Holloway put on a clutch scoring display not seen in Bloomington since Jared Fogle was running an on-campus business.  The duo combined for 58 points for the Musketeers,  coming up when their team needed them most by putting up 26 of their team's final 27 points.

Holloway, who signed a letter of intent with IU before getting released after Kelvin Sampson was forcefully removed, made the most highlight-worthy play of the night when he pulled for a three with six seconds remaining in regulation, knowing Kansas State was going to foul while up three points.  Holloway drew the foul and then stepped to the line, knocking down all three and sending the game to overtime.  Then, in the extra period, Holloway got all cold-blooded again, hitting a three to cut the lead to 78-77, a layup to put his team within one again at 80-79 and then hitting another triple to tie the game at 84 with 50 seconds left.  And that's when Crawford stepped in.

The sophomore from Detroit, who averaged just under 10 ppg for the Hoosiers in Sampson's final year, nailed a three from about eight feet behind the line with seven seconds left, forcing the second overtime.  In the second extra period, Crawford scored six points right out of the gate to put the Musketeers ahead before Jacob Pullen hit a pair of back-to-back threes and putting the Wildcats ahead for good.

Pullen's outburst was a part of a vicious three-headed attack along with Denis Clemente and Curtis Kelly, who combined for 74 of their team's 101 points.  The effort of the Wildcat trio was just as powerful, but not quite as sensationally clutch as their counterparts from Cincinnati.  And that's all we care about here.  Sexiness.

In the end, the two teams combined for one of the most exciting, competitive games in recent tournament history.  If you tuned in, you were treated to an incredible game.

Unless, of course, you're a Hoosier.  This time of the year is never kind.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: West

Since: Feb 19, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:44 am

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

Beisner, bringing out the crazy.

Since: Feb 21, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:43 am

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

You are so pathetic. Your team sucks and will suck for the quite some time and you say and you go after UK? If that helps you sleep, good for you. It is just funny that is what Morons like you turn to when their own team sucks. Who knows, with a good effort, IU may visit the NIT next year. I know, I know. It is a pipedream, but anything is possible. Don't stop believin, hold onto that feeeelin......

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:14 am

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

I don't recall Indiana fans being upset when ex-Hoosier Larry Bird led Indiana State to the 1979 National Championship game. Most sane fans generally let state pride take over at this point in the season.

Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 11:12 am

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

Great post Beis! This one got more hits than any other in the series so far! You are killin' it my friend. And to all the haters, the blog says that coverage will be "in the most ridiculous manner possible". Lighten up and enjoy the ride.

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 9:20 am

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

Mr. Beisner obviously has some kind of ax to grind with Indiana.  He also has no clue what it means to be a true basketball fan.  As a lifelong Hoosier fan, I am THRILLED to see Butler in the Elite 8 and would love to see them come home to Indy for the Final 4.  Like other Hoosiers in this forum, I have also been rooting for former IU players in this tournament, including Jordon Crawford and Armon Basset.  IU fans didn't have a personal stake in the KSU - Xavier game, so I would imagine the ones really suffering from disappointment there are the Mustketeers.  (Congrats to them on a great season, by the way.)  Also, if, as others have suggested, Mr. Beisner has Purdue ties, let's see . . . when was the Boilermakers' last national championship . . . hmmmmmmmmm . . . how about NEVER!!!!!!!!!  There's a reason this author is a blogger and not a real sportswriter.

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: March 27, 2010 9:01 am

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

I am a lifelong IU fan.  I grew up loving Hoosiers basketball.   But more importantly I grew to love genuine basketball.  When I see two teams play hard and leave everything they have on the court, my I get excited even if they happen to not be my favorite team.  We Hoosiers fan are able to accept the reality of where we are, and have confidence in the direction that we are going to return to the pinnacle where we belong.  In the meantime we are going to enjoy the exciting games, players, plays, and successes that other teams are enjoying right now.  As Hoosiers, we are able to put our allegiances aside and shout a resounding, GO BUTLER BULLDOGS!!!!

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2010 9:38 pm

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

Shouldn't have hired a cheat.  Yes, you deserve it.  Seth Davis is an idiot...what are his credentials to get his job? 

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2010 8:58 pm

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

oh sure no they lost

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2010 7:18 pm

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

How is this time of year never kind for Hoosiers? This time of year has favored us more than anyone else 5 times in the past. Not to mention the Final Four not so long ago. Believe it or not, I still remember two years ago when we were in the tourney, and I know the solid core of Jones, Creek, and Watford will get us back soon, with help from Hulls and Elston. As for Butler, last night they didn't agree with my bracket, but from here on out I'm backing the dogs 100%.

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: March 26, 2010 7:12 pm

The only losers from KSU - Xavier game: IU fans

If cheating is what it took to get or keep those players the banners would be down in a couple of years anyway.HINT HINT KENTUCKY FANS!!

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