I’ve led a charmed SU-viewing life this season. The past couple of weeks the games have been on Wednesday evenings, and I have grad school duties on Wednesday nights. These duties prevented me from catching anything but the last 5 minutes of the UConn and USF games. If you remember, against UConn and USF the team put on tremendous runs in the final five minutes to make terrible games suddenly exciting. Before that, I saw the whole Villanova game, and yesterday I watched the whole Georgetown game. Against ‘Nova and the Hoyas, we looked great almost throughout. In other words, in spite of SU nearly running itself out of the tournament in the past couple of weeks, I personally have only witnessed inspired and excellent play. This is exactly what happened to me earlier in the year, when I left the country for our losses to Cinci and West Virginia, and only saw SU playing great both before and after my trip. Thus, it’s easy for me to hold on to some measure of optimism about the rest of this season.
The team I’ve watched over the past few weeks is capable of beating any of the teams on the rest of our schedule. I don’t know if they’re capable of beating those teams on the road, but I see no reason to presume the worst. That said, I haven’t had to witness the depths this team is capable of reaching against the likes of USF. I’ll be watching all the games from here out, so here’s hoping I don’t have to find out what I’ve been missing.
And lets be honest: as glorious as the Georgetown game was, it’s not enough. All it does is show that we’re capable of doing what has to be done. We absolutely need to get a big road win against either Louisville or Notre Dame to have the a solid enough resume to relax. Lets see what happens Monday night before we start thinking big.