If you woke up this morning convinced that things had been thrown back into the Stone Age, well, you're pretty close.
Last night, Wisconsin defeated Virginia 48-38. Based on the rules that were used to officiate the game, it was basketball. But since it was a game where both teams averaged 57 possessions and no one had an eFG% higher than 34%, it was only basketball by pure legal definitions. At some point, you have to be interested in - wait for it - putting the ball through the basket, and it really seems like neither team wanted to do that.
Or to put it another way:
Wisconsin and Virginia played that way on purpose.— Rudolph Q (@Rubie_Q) December 5, 2013
That's the worst part about this game. With the possible exception of Joe Harris (1-10) and Traevon Jackson (3-13), no one appears to have been actively TRYING to miss shots, so the bad shooting was just a function of a lack of interest in actually shooting the basketball. If both teams are trying to be as offensively efficient as possible, was the best shot a three pointer on 28 occasions? The two teams combined to S-L-O-W-L-Y shoot 34 three pointers, making only six of them. Disgusting.
Then again, maybe I'm in a minority opinion.
"@jeffshelman: Wisconsin beats Virginia 48-38. And people wonder why I like watching the NBA." It was a great game.— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) December 5, 2013
Or maybe Mike DeCourcy is a liar.
Let's look at another opinion.
You wanna say Wisconsin doesn’t play fast? That’s OK and accurate. But don’t say Wisconsin isn’t good offensively. That’s silly.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) December 5, 2013
I'll say that Bucky is disciplined. I'll give them that. I'll even go so far as to say that they're good defensively, holding Virginia to 0.83 points per possession. But Madison's discipline on offense led to them scoring just 0.85 points per possession, so I'm having a hard time calling them good offensively right now.
At least no Marquette fans actually watched this atrocity, right?
NO! PHIL! NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!