“Nothing to hang their heads about,” said Fox broadcaster Tim Brando about Indiana losing to Purdue yesterday.
Brando is not affiliated with the Hoosiers or he would know that is not true.
When Indiana’s basketball program sinks to a depth that allows the Hoosiers to indulge in feeling good about themselves after losing to Purdue at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, all will be lost.
Not only did Purdue beat Indiana 74-67 in Bloomington yesterday, they allowed the Boilermakers to set an all-time program record for consecutive victories. That can never sit well for Hoosiers – ever.
No matter how good Purdue is, losing to them is repellent – just as it would be for Purdue to lose to Indiana.
We don’t excuse losing at Indiana, regardless of the stage of the rebuild coach Archie Miller was tasked with executing.
Brando doesn’t get that because – well, he’s a broadcaster from Louisiana who hasn’t been to Bloomington since Bob Knight was coach, and he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.
Sure, IU had no physical chance to stop 7’3″ aircraft carrier Isaac Haas, and Purdue starts four seniors who have played a lot of very good basketball for Matt Painter, but pride demands dismay in the wake of a loss to the neighbors.
The game was more competitive than many guessed it might be, but that means the pain should be more acute – not less. Indiana and Purdue were tied with less than five minutes left, and then Purdue did what they had done the previous 16 games – found a way to press the gas pedal a little bit harder and execute with a little more precision.
This game was a nice gauge of where Indiana is compared to the rest of the Big 10, but in no way should a seven-point loss to Purdue – regardless of its rank – be a source of solace for Indiana.
Losing to Purdue sucks, and nobody was smiling in the locker room afterward.
Kent Sterling hosts the fastest growing sportstalk show in Indianapolis on CBS Sports 1430 every weekday from 3p-7p, and writes about Indiana sports at kentsterling.com.