LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- I'm not one of those who sits around and complains about "slow" basketball or even "bad" basketball. But there's no denying what I've spent the past two days watching here at the Old Spice Classic has been mostly ridiculous.
I've watched eight games -- four each day -- and seen nine teams shoot under 40 percent from the field, three shoot under 30 percent from the field. The winners of three of the eight games have won despite scoring in the 50s, and one of those winners spent Friday participating in the silliest half of basketball I've ever seen.
"I've never seen a half like that," said Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, so that makes two of us. "Never had 21 points at halftime and been up 16."
(Well, who has?)
In case you didn't piece that together, allow me: Notre Dame and California played in a winner's bracket game Friday, and the Irish led 21-5 at the half. Seriously, it was 21-5. At. The. Half. The Bears shot 8.0 percent from the field in those 20 minutes. They had more than twice as many turnovers (11) as points (5), more than four times as many fouls (9) as field goals (2). It all contributed to one of the lowest combined point totals in a half since the shot clock came into effect in 1986, and thank god the Auburn-Alabama football game was on to serve as a distraction.
"I've never done the math and said, 'We're up 16 and we have 21 points,'" Brey said. "Never seen anything like it."
And hopefully we never will again.