After two days of disappointment, the sky hasn't fallen on this Notre Dame basketball team. Not yet. With all that has been said about poor coaching and playing evident in the two losses (much of the comments being quite valid), this is still the team that gave the Irish faithful so much hope with a big win over Monmouth on Saturday.
Thankfully, you know that the players and coaches understand how big of a disappointment those two losses are. Gene Cross mentioned how excited he was for the season to begin. Having seen his excited on-court demeanor, you know that the young assistant coach is not at all satisfied with a 4th place finish. In addition, players like Tory Jackson and Rob Kurz will not let this kind of underachieving slide. There will certainly be improvement.
With a couple days to relax before the showdown with Youngstown State on Saturday, we can look around the country. Baylor beat Winthrop to win the PJ championship after our game yesterday. Good for them. Let's hope that they continue to surprise the rest of the year. Duke and Illionois make up an intriguing matchup in Maui tonight and #1 UCLA and #11 Michigan State face off in the CBE Classic. The rest of the Maui Invite should be fun as usual with teams like Marquette and Oklahoma State still alive.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving. I might miss a post tomorrow due to travel, but know that I'm here in spirit.