Did the Big Ten Ban the Shot Clock Tonight?

Posted by rtmsf on February 18th, 2009

No, this is not a typo…


Penn St. really did win a 38-33 thriller in Champaign tonight.

Apparently, with six minutes remaining, the score was 31-24 in favor of the Illini, but PSU made a mad rush to outscore Bruce Weber’s team 14-2 down the stretch (a veritable blitzkrieg) to secure the win.  Or, as ESPN’s copy editors put it, Penn St. powered past Illinois.

The two teams combined to shoot 28-96 (.292) from the field and 6-33 (.180) from three, which by any objective measure is also known as an abortion on the court.  There were more bricks thrown up in this one than in Modesto and West Palm during the height of the housing bubble.   One of our earliest memories of basketball was this crime against hoops-manity which helped inspire the original 45-second shot clock in 1985-86; it’s nice to see that we can count on the Big Ten to set new modern records for offensive futility.  The combined total of 71 pts is the lowest output in four years (since Monmouth defeated Princeton 41-21 in 2005).  We have no idea how long it’s been for a BCS conference, but this might just be the worst of the shot-clock era.  Ugh.


We just saw ESPN break down the NCAA Tourney chances of both of these teams, and we’re disgusted that either of these teams are even in the conversation given the putrid display they each put forth tonight.  Oh, it was a defensive battle, right?

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7 responses to “Did the Big Ten Ban the Shot Clock Tonight?”

  1. Eric says:

    This low-scoring stuff is something of an epidemic, and it seems to be getting worse as the years go on (or perhaps I’m just getting crankier). I count 8 games tonight where the final total is under 100.

  2. Jeff says:

    It was not the lowest scoring game in 4 years. The AP got it wrong. Does no one remember the epic battle between GW and SLU on January 10th of last year? The final score was GW 49 SLU 20. A combined score of 69! That 20 SLU scored is the lowest scored in the shot clock era. Please, can someone get the facts straight. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=280100045

  3. Illinois put up 59 points per possession in that game. NJIT scores 74 on average. Wow. That is horrible.

  4. Also – only one guy got into double figures and just barely!

  5. drdub says:

    It takes time to climb the ladder and get the ball out of the peach basket in the Big-Ten

  6. rtmsf says:

    Jeff is right. That SLU game was a lower total, but we still haven’t gotten confirmation on whether this is the lowest BCS conference total in the shot-clock era. Does anyone know whether that’s true?

  7. Kosta says:

    Illinois didn’t attempt a single free throw the WHOLE GAME

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