I have some bad news, that Memphis upset was the exception, not the rule. Umass went up against a below average Davidson team and played terribly, losing by 2 in a game that should have never gotten away from them. In the end, the team shot 36% for the game and (arrrrrg) 18% from behind the line.
In typical Umass basketball fashion, the team feel behind by 9 in the second half after leading at the half, and was lucky to even get the game in reach.
I think it may be the last straw with this team. I desperately wanted to be one of the few students following the basketball team closely, and actually believing in this young team, but absolutely nothing is there. This team, with the exception of the Memphis game, folds in the second half of every game that is close, and constantly plays the the (lower) level of their opponent.
Anthony Gurley, quickly becoming a better version of Ricky Harris, was the sole bright spot for the Minutemen, scoring 17 on 50% shooting and grabbing 7 rebounds. Terrell Vinson took Ricky’s lead and decided to take atrocious 3′s, going 1-5 with Ricky going 2-7. Also, Ricky took 23 shots. and he was having a shitty shooting night. God I hate this team. Its terrible for my health.
On the hockey front, we were able to take a nice win over Union and roll it into a 4-1 shit sandwich against Bentley. Yes, I understand Rank played out of his mind, but getting one goal on 43 shots is not going to get the job done, and we deserve some of the blame.
I know its not the end of the world, and at least this wasn’t against a hockey east team, but the fear is in the back of my head that we will let a bad Hockey East team beat us in a game that will end our season later on. Playing down to opponents in this league is dangerous, especially when we could draw a potentially dangerous underachiever during the Hockey east quarterfinals.
I still think we can easily take 3 of the next four, with a sweep in things go good (no epic Goalie performances hopefully).
In other news, our Women’s basketball team lost. Frankly, I would trade a decade of their wins for a Basketball or Hockey victory tonight. Sorry ladies, but some things take precedence.