The last two outings for us have been high level and extremely intense contests. The Indiana game and the Ohio State game are the type of games all college players dream of playing in.
Saturday night's game in Bloomington was a great battle between two Big Ten opponents. The environment in Assembly Hall was awesome, and we as a program embraced the opportunity to take on the Hoosiers in a game that received a ton of media coverage.
We did not get the result that we wanted in Bloomington vs. the Hoosiers. We give Indiana a ton of credit for the way they played that evening.
Indiana's timely scores and rebounds in the second half made the difference, in my opinion. Their energy and pace of play throughout the game was very impressive.
The game vs. the Buckeyes last night was incredible. The team wore the maize-on-maize jerseys for the occasion, and the environment in Crisler Center was electric from start to finish.
Tim Hardaway Jr. carried our team during a stretch in the second half with some outstanding shooting. Tim is capable of making a string of shots because the way he shoots is so consistent. From day one his freshman year, Tim has consistently shot the ball with great elevation, balance and spin. When you do these things, you always give the ball a chance to go in the basket.
Tim and Trey Burke made two critical blocks in the closing seconds that showed great toughness. When your most talented players also make gritty plays on the basketball floor, it does so much for your team.
I thought Ohio State played an intelligent game and didn't make it easy for us all evening. Their athleticism and size allow them to be so disruptive defensively. This athleticism and size coupled with Aaron Craft's tremendous defensive ability make them very good and very dangerous in the Big Ten.
Our next conference opponent is Wisconsin on Saturday at noon EST. We will tip at 11 a.m. CST, which means our guys will have to be ready for a Big Ten battle at a unique time.
We will need contributions from everyone in order to leave Madison with a victory. Coach Bo Ryan will have his team ready to go, and we will have our team ready to play on Saturday.