Reality can be a bitter pill to choke down with your tears. Just as the Norfolk State Spartans, who followed their remarkable upset over Missouri with an 84-50 cave-in against Florida.
The Gators used 25-0 run to build a 47-19 halftime lead.
“We were down 28 points,” center Kyle O'Quinn told reporters. “We couldn't have come back from 28 down even if it was a video game.”
Florida just overwhelmed the Spartans. “Yeah, we came back from 17 down to Morgan State this season to win, but this wasn't Morgan State, it was the University of Florida,” O’Quinn said.
But, hey, at least Norfolk State made history in this tourney. Nothing can erase their elimination of a No. 2 seed.
"So do you think you'll be remembered more for the win over Missouri or this loss to Florida?" a TV reporter asked.
“What do you think?” O’Quinn said.
CRUMMY EFFORT OF THE WEEKEND
Idaho didn’t seem all that thrilled to be playing in the CIT. It missed 13 of its first 14 shots while falling behind Utah State 39-16 in the first half of its 76-56 loss.
“This game needs to be flushed down the toilet,” coach Don Verlin said. “I don't think we need to focus on this game as far as our season.”
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Here is what the pundits were writing Sunday:
Sports Pickle: “By the way, there's no reason watch 'The Walking Dead' finale right now. If you need a zombie fix, I'm pretty sure Xavier's center is one.”
Sports Pickle: “I'm no basketball Xs and Os expert, but Norfolk State seemed better when they made all of their shots.”
Gregg Doyel: “The Norfolk that beat Mizzou is the Norfolk that almost beat Marquette. The Norfolk today is the one that lost to Illinois State by 32.”
Matt Sebek: “Wonder how people across the nation looked up ‘Billiken’ today and debated if SLU's mascot was modeled after their head coach.”
Matt Sebek: “SLU's objective is to tire you out until you give in. Majerus does the same thing to brisket carvers at Golden Corral.”
Sports Pickle: “UNC up 15. All the Duke fans who broke their 52-inch flatscreens on Friday night are now breaking one of their other 52-inch flatscreens.”
The Fake ESPN: “Alex Smith frustrated after Miami spends their 5 hour meeting drinking chardonnay and talking about not being good enough for Peyton.”
Clay Travis: “Will perpetual bridesmaids Dolphins overpay for Alex Smith now? Would petulant Smith agree? Real Housewives of NFL spins on.”
Eric Stangel: “BREAKING: The Miami Dolphins will play the 2012 season with no quarterback.”
Sports Pickle: “Matt Flynn has signed with the Seahawks. Let the bidding war for Tarvaris Jackson begin!!!”
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
The folks at Can’t Stop the Bleeding wondered about ESPN’s NCAA Tournament coverage:
It’s been reported in a number of outlets this weekend that former Indiana head coach Bobby Knight, currently toiling as an analyst for ESPN, won’t even utter the word, “Kentucky”, while discussing the ongoing NCAA hoops tournament. Given that John Calipari’s Wildcats are the #1 ranked team in the land, that’s a pretty conspicuous omission, and one that essentially erases any claim of Knight’s impartiality.
That said, Knight’s nothing if he isn’t consistent. Previously, he’s taken shots at Calipari and only those with a harsh case of attention deficit disorder are unaware of his animus towards the Wildcats. But it’s ridiculous that his thoughts are still being solicited by the Worldwide Leader this postseason given the likelihood Knight himself becomes part of the story.
Or maybe it’s less curious than it is totally contrived.