Not much to say. That played out along the script of countless 1-9 game before it. The 9 hangs tough, staying within arms reach, but unable to make the shot they need at their high water mark. For Illinois, it was this sequence, at about the 6:00 mark:
– Brady Morningstar misses an ill-advised 3 (I say ill-advised because at this point in the game, Marcus Morris has scored 8 of KU’s last 10 points, and the other 2 came from Thomas Robinson – why a shot from the perimeter was even being considered, I have no idea)
– Illinois ball, trailing 56-51
– A 3 from D.J. rattles out – would’ve made it a two-point game and much butt-clenching would’ve ensued on the Jayhawk bench – instead it goes the other way for a frustrating possession that ends in a Markieff Morris putback and the next time we score, we’re down 13. Ballgame.
Mike Davis went out the way you want your seniors to go out – playing the best ball of his career and leaving everything on the floor. That one’ll probably stick with McCamey and Tisdale for awhile.
Anyway, spring goes on, fortunately with the Bulls, Blackhawks and baseball. And since I’ll need some other players to watch as the Cubs meander to 4th in the NL Central, here’s This is Howie Do It, the top tier contender drafted in my 10 team league this weekend:
C Matt Wieters
1B Prince Fielder
2B Howie Kendrick
3B Martín Prado
SS Mike Aviles
CI Kevin Youkilis
MI Omar Infante
OF Jacoby Ellsbury
OF Jay Bruce
OF Mike Stanton
OF Jose Tabata
OF Chris Young
Util Denard Span
Util Josh Willingham
Look at that balance! This team is going places.