Not much more that can be said about FIU’s 92-55 loss at Louisville last night that Isiah Thomas didn’t say afterward.
It just merely wasn’t their night in so many different ways – from defensive intensity to offensive continuity. Neither was present at all.
But the most alarming aspect of the night for a team that has hopes at a deep Sun Belt Conference Tournament run and a possible NCAA appearance is this: In the biggest spotlight, the Panthers shrunk.
They blinked. And they allowed the game to get away before the Under-8 timeout. In a one-and-done sport like college basketball, that’s dangerous.
Afterward, DeJuan Wagner Wright (ed: yes, I was sleep-deprived yesterday) said as bad as the loss was, it could be a good loss if FIU learned from it. Showing up to play from the opening tip would be a good first lesson.