"How good was [Brad] Stevens' coaching job this year? I covered opener at Louisville, and Butler looked sub-NIT. By March, Final Four-bound.
-- Pat Forde
I was very disappointed for Preston, who had a season ending injury. Even if we didn’t lose I’m not sure we could have beaten Richmond without Preston Knowles.True enough. With Preston slated for surgery Friday and looking at 8-12 weeks of rehab, the Cards' hopes for a deep tourney run ended the moment he went down. Sure, it would have been nice to beat Morehead State, perhaps to survive the first weekend, but we weren't going to make any real noise in this Dance without Preston.
A five-point lead with a minute to play in Morgantown; a four-point lead with 1:15 to play against UConn; a four-point lead with 42 seconds to play against Morehead State. All of these nightmarish endings have a hagridden theme: the other guys made the plays.