Tuesday’s 76-62 loss to Saint Louis is what it is. The Rams took one on the chin. You’ll have that, it’s a long season. Saint Louis is playing terrific right now. My cap doth tip to thee. What the Billikens just did to the Rams, they essentially did the same thing to No. 15 Butler (75-58) and NCAA-hopeful Charlotte (75-58) in the last two weeks.
While the result was jarring, sometimes these things are inevitable over the course of a 30-plus game regular season. The last time the Rams took a punch like this, they ended up in the Final Four. The coaching staff will dissect the film and put the players to work the next three days. Xavier awaits on Saturday.
For the sake your sanity and to give an idea about how wild a ride a college basketball season can be, have a look at this. Here are a number of teams from this week’s top 25 and some of their lob-sided losses:
11/13 at Florida Gulf Coast, L, 63-51
12/23 at #4 Arizona, L, 69-50
2/5 at Arkansas, L, 80-69
1/23 at Miami, L, 90-63
2/6 at TCU, L, 62-55
1/8 vs. Pitt, L, 73-45
2/14 at Colorado, L, 71-58
#14 Kansas State
12/15 vs. #14 Gonzaga, L 68-52
2/11 at #14 Kansas, L, 83-62
11/13 at Xavier, L, 62-47
11/21 vs. Illinois, L, 78-61
1/31 at Saint Louis, L, 75-58
I watched that Duke-Miami game. It was a no contest. What did Duke do? It went back to work and won six straight before Saturday’s close loss at Maryland. Miami lost to Florida Gulf Coast by 12 this season. Read that twice. The Hurricanes are now the No. 2 team in the country. Florida recently went to unranked Arkansas and got pounded. Georgetown lost a game to Pitt by 28! These are all top 15 teams we’re talking about.
One regular season loss doesn’t change much in the grand scheme of things. How you respond to it can. Shaka Smart and Co. will go back to the lab, and the Rams will get better. Of this I am abundantly confident. I don’t know about you, but I woke up feeling fine this morning. My son may have learned some new words last night, but today, I’m good. You should be too.
On to more important matters. It’s pronounced, “Zay-vier”, not “Ecks-zavier.”