- Illinois State Redbirds - November 30, 2015 - Rupp Arena - 7:00 PM EST - ESPN2
Big Blue Nation, I need your help.
I need you to put together what you think made this team different from the other teams I’ve coached or other teams around the country that you watched. When you watched us play, what were the things that made you say, “Wow!”
The four best answers – chosen by myself and my staff – will win a framed picture of the championship game. I’ve got four of them framed and waiting for you in my office. You can write your answers in the comments section below. No answer is too long or too short.
But I need your help because we’re still trying to learn about this team, and I want to see if any of you have analyzed this team and picked out some things that we haven’t seen. We as a staff are trying to figure out why we were this good and why were we able to take a bunch of freshmen and sophomores and win a national championship.
Talent alone isn’t it because other teams have had great players before and they haven’t done what this team did. We marched through an NCAA Tournament and won 38 games, the most in the history of college basketball. The games we had to win in the NCAAs were probably the toughest games that anyone has had to win for a national title.
We know Anthony Davis was a terrific basketball player, but Anthony won six high school games his junior year and seven his senior year. How in the world did he win a championship this year if it was all about him? How’d that happen?
There’s got to be something. We just want to know what it is, and that’s where you come in.
Send us what you think. The four best answers will win the framed pictures. Take your time, get your thoughts together and post them in the comments section below. I’m looking forward to reading the Big Blue Nation’s answers.
Don’t let anyone steal our joy