5:35 p.m. - Checking in for the first time since we arrived in Bloomington. Sorry I didn't post a travel blog but to reassure everyone, we are here. We flew and arrived in Bloomington around 5 p.m. yesterday. We practiced last night then shot around at Assembly Hall this morning. I've got some photos below of our practice yesterday. We're going to have readers email in to see if they can identify the player tying their shoelaces in the first photo.
Kind of a weird vibe going on here tonight because Indiana and the NCAA announced some "potential major violations" involving the men's basketball team today. They stem from head coach Kelvin Sampson making impermissable phone calls.
5:55 p.m. - Hello from the Kohl Center Watch Party ... Rudy here to give everyone a few updates from Madison. Doors opened at 5:30 and I'd say there is about 700-800 people her getting seated. The big screen disply has been lowered so that people have a better view of the game. Bucky, the cheerleaders and the band are all in the house getting ready for the tip.
Enjoy the game!
6:05 p.m. - Forgot to let everyone know that Rudy was going to be blogging from the Watch Party at the KC. I beleive this is the first simultaneous blog in uwbadgers.com history. Surprisingly, there are some empty seats here at Assembly Hall. They just announced Coach Sampson and there were a smattering of boos from the crowd. More than a smattering of boos for the Badger players.
6:09 p.m. - Badgers win the tap and IU comes out in zone. Marcus misses a foul-line jumper. Gordon misses and IU rebounds. Trevon forces a jump ball. Back to IU. Ellis misses a three. Bassett fouls Flowers.
6:11 p.m. - Hughes misses a three but the ball goes out of bounds off IU. Flowers drives baseline but gets blocked. DJ White inside for two. Marcus misses baseline and IU runs out. They miss a jumper but DJ White follows with a MONSTER dunk (talking with Marcus and Tanner later on the plane, we all marveled at how high DJ got for that dunk) . Then he blocks a Krabbenhoft shot. Now hits a short jumper. 6-0 IU. Flowers answers with a three.
6:14 p.m. - Gordon gets all the way to the rim for two. J-Bo then finds Marcus down low but DJ blocks the dunk attempt. IU throws it away, leading to our first TV timeout. IU leads 8-3 with 15:07 left. D.J. White looks like he came to play today.
6:18 p.m. - The stands are now full. IU has been exclusively zone so far. The couple times UW has gotten the ball insise, White has either alterred or blocked shots. J-Bo drains a three as IU doesn't come out on him. Bassett with a jumper just inside the 3-point line and then J-Bo's three hits nothing. IU with a nice play to get D.J. a dunk. J-Bo, unfazed by the VERY loud "airball" chant drops a three. After an IU miss, another J-Bo three forces IU to call TO. Score is tied at 12-12 with 12:35 left.
6:21 p.m. - The teams exchange misses and the ball goes off Butch after he mises a short jumper, taking us to the second TV timeout. Score still tied 12-12 with 11:58 left. Looked like IU was going man on that last possesion.
6:23 p.m. - In NBA news, it looks like Devin Harris has been traded from Dallas to New Jersey, pretty much for Jason Kidd (later found out that it looks like the trade is off). In NFL news, Tony Dungy, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and former Badger QB Jim Sorgin, Peyton Manning's backup, are at the game tonight.
6:27 p.m. - Gordon picks up a charging foul after running over Butch. IU is done with the zone for now and their man-to-man forces a turnover. Stemler on the other end drains a three. DJ White with a turnaround jumper over Marcus. White then picks up a foul hedging out on Trevon. Joe can't get the ball inbounds so he calls TO. IU leads 17-12 with 10:10 left.
6:32 p.m. - Landry hits down low, UW's first two-pointer of the game. Thomas and Ellis hit down low for IU. Thomas is then fouled by Krabbenhoft down low, Joe's second of the game. TV timeout with IU leading 21-14 with 7:46 left. Leuer is coming in for Joe after the TO.
6:38 p.m. - Stiemsma with a block on Thomas. Flowers misses a runner and Thomas with a putback on the other end. Flowers sticks a three to quiet the crowd. Bassett gets in the lane and hits a floater. Flowers beats the shot clock with a DEEP three. IU misses a three and Greg gets the rebound. He's fouled by Thomas. Six of UW's seven field goals are threes. Make that seven of eight as J-Bo splashes another one. Gordon fouled going to the hoop. He'll shoot two.
6:40 p.m. - Gordon makes both. J-Bo and Mike have 21 of UW's 23. Make that 23 of 25 as Mike hits one inside. Crawford answers for IU but Mike drives baseline for two. Butch fouls Bassett, his second of the half. Bassett will shoot two following the TV timeout. IU leads 29-27 with 3:27 left.
6:42 p.m. - UW is 7-of-11 from three but only 3-of-13 inside the arc. IU is 13-of-22 (.591) from the field but only has one trey.
6:46 p.m. - Bassett makes one. Trevon fouled up top and he'll shoot one-and-one. He makes both. J-Bo misses a three but Greg follows to give UW its first lead, 31-30. D.J. White answers over Greg but Pop nails a three. Greg called for a foul as White is shooting. He makes both to tie the game at 34-34 with 1:51 left.
6:49 p.m. - UW turns it over and Marcus is called for a block on Gordon. Gordon makes both. Greg hits from outside to tie it again. Under one minute. IU misses but grabs the rebound. Landry fouls Bassett as he's going back up. Looks like there's a clock problem the refs are trying to figure out.
6:53 p.m. - The clock must have froze because they took 16 seconds off. There's now 41.1 on the clock as Bassett goes to the line. He makes one. Hughes misses a three but Flowers rebounds. Leuer ends up with it and he misses a three. IU rebounds and the clock runs out. Halftime score is IU 37-36.
7:04 p.m. (Kohl Center) - Halftime here at the Kohl and we got the band performing and there were a handful of fans that won tickets and parking passes to the Michigan State and Penn State games later this year.
7:12 p.m. - Had some technical difficulties that are hopefully over. Gordon scores the first points of the half with a little runner off the glass but Landry answers down low. Flowers called for a foul on Gordon as he goes to the basket. Gordon hits both.
7:18 p.m. - Bassett hits a three but White is called for a foul for throwing Marcus to the floor while battling for position. Mike tries to drive baseline but steps out of bounds. White misses in the lane. Pop (Trevon) drives in for a lay-up. On the other end, Bassett drives and is fouled by J-Bo. Butch follows up and makes sure the shot doesn't go, knocking Bassett to the ground in the process and not endearing him to the IU crowd. TV timeout with IU leading 44-40 with 15:30 left.
7:26 p.m. (Kohl Center) - The local newspapers and even channel 3 news are here covering the event. Looks like the fans are getting interviewed and photos taken of them enjoying the game. Our boss, Justin Doherty, should be on the 10 o'clock news tonight talking about the event. A lucky fan just won dinner for four and ice cream for his row thanks to Culvers by hitting a couple baskets.
7:35 p.m. - I think my last
couple of posts dissappeared for some reason. Stemler with a three to
put IU back on top. Marcus misses a foul-line jumper and Gordon is
fouled going to the basket. Gordon makes one. J-Bo splashes another
three and White makes one free throw. Flowers rattles in a jumper to
put UW back up. Crazy sequence with the ball bouncing everywhere but
finally goes out off IU after their miss. UW ball coming out of the TV
timeout and they lead 54-53 with 7:34 left.
7:37 p.m. - Apologize for more technical difficulties. Hopefully everything is straightened out. Heard there's about 2,500 people at the KC right now watching this barn-burner.
7:41 p.m. - UW gets the ball out of bounds with one second on the shot clock. They try a lob and it doesn't look like anyone touches it but the shot clock goes off. Refs look at the replay and see no one touched it. Doesn't matter anyway as Pop airballs a desperation three. Gordon with a runner and now its LOUD. UW turns it over and Bo calls a TO to settle everyone down. IU up 55-54 with 6:28 left.
7:45 p.m. - Gordon tries to go the the bucket but Marcus blocks it from behind. Marcus then drives the middle on Thomas, hits a lay-up and gets fouled. He misses the FT, just UW's third attempt of the game. Gordon with a jumper, IU back up. Marcus misses a three. Gordon mises but White rebounds. IU throws it away.
7:46 p.m. - Michael misses a three and Gordon drives for two. Bo calls TO with IU leading 59-56 with 4:28 left.
7:50 p.m. - Bassett called for a reach on Pop. Butch can't get it inside to Marcus. Gordon misses and UW rebounds. Flowers misses but Butch puts in the rebound. Bassett on the drive is fouled by Hughes. He'll shoot two following the TV timeout. IU leads 59-58 with 2:54 left.
7:51 p.m. - It's an epidemic. The last three places we've been to all insist on spelling the name of their school during their chants.
7:55 p.m. - Bassett makes one. J-Bo misses a lay-up but Butch follows with a shot that is goaltended. Count the basket and we are tied. Great defense by Marcus and Butch on Gordon forces him out of bounds. Ellis called for a foul off the ball on Hughes. He'll go to the line for one-and-one. Pop makes one. Bassett on the drive hits a runner. Butch inside with a bucket to re-gain the lead. White right back with a jumper and Bo calls TO. 64-63 IU with 44.1 left.
7:57 p.m. - Huge "DJ White" chant right now. Sampson now calls his own TO.
8:01 p.m. - Trevon stumbles with the ball and gets tied up. Jump ball is called. Still UW ball. Marcus misses but tips in his own miss. IU timeout with 22.8 left. 65-64 UW.
8:02 p.m. - Michael fouls Gordon, who will go to the line for one-and-one. Gordon hits both. Bo calls TO with 12.5 left.
8:04 p.m. - Brian banks in a three and UW wins. 68-66. (If you haven't seen the play yet, it wasn't the prettiest one in the world. Marcus caught the inbounds pass along the sideline, he dribbled towards the top of the key and kind of handed off/shoveled the ball to Brian. Brian didn't hesitate and let it fly from about a step and half beyond the three-point line. He must have wanted to make sure it didn't end up short because he crushed it off the backboard. IU was obviously stunned by what happened but were able to inbound the ball to Ellis at midcourt. He took a couple dribbles and got a good look at a three, albeit from about 22 feet, and his shot bounced off the rim then high and hit the shot clock before bouncing away harmlessly. Seemed like a lot of people thought IU was going to call TO. They had two left.)
10:04 a.m. (Thursday) - WOW! That's really all there is to say about last night's ending. It's rare that you make a three to beat a top-15 team on the road once in a season but we have now done it twice. As I did at Texas, I apologize for the anti-climactic ending to the blog but with all the running around necessary after a game, in the immortal words of Brian McNamee, "It is what it is."
The locker room was predictably euphoric after the win, probably even more so than the Texas game. Brian was the last one in because he did a post-game interview with the Big Ten Network's Mike Hall out on the floor and he was mobbed when he got in the locker room. Coach Ryan was short in his post-game talk, saying, "Nothing I say right now will really mean much to you guys and you probably won't remember it." He then joked that Marcus said that's how it always is.
When we were boarding the plane, Brian told me that a certain female sideline reporter from a network that did not televise the game last night had sent him a text message congratulating him on the win. Not sure what he was more excited about, the shot or the text.
Watched the replay of the shot this morning, thanks to Direct TV HD DVR. Wayne Larrivee hinted there may have been some divine intervention when he said, "Brian Butch must have given up candy for Lent." Not even sure what that means but I thought it was funny.
From all accounts, the watch party at the Kohl Center went great. About 2,500 people were on hand and really into the game. The place exploded when the Butch hit the shot.
Copmpare that to the disbelief at Assembly Hall when the buzzer sounded. Like I said in the open, we have now stunned two teams on the road with last-second treys. It's a weird feeling when everyone in the arena goes silent and has that, "Did that just happen?" look on their faces and there is an eery silence. Meanwhile, the 70 or so Badger fans, the team and the staff have a "DID THAT JUST HAPPEN!?!?!" feeling of euphoria. It's really pretty cool.
Because of the beauty of charter flights and 6 p.m. starts, I was back in my house artound 11:15 p.m. last night. Hopefully that will help in preparation for Minnesota since we have two days to get ready. We'll practice as scheduled, starting at 1:30 p.m. today. Not much time to celebrate the big win but that's the beauty of the conference season.