Well, that was decidedly not the way we wanted to end the season. But when you give up 61 points in a half, well, chances are your story is going to have an unhappy ending. The officiating was frustrating in this game, but the defense was the real culprit for Iowa's loss -- it reverted back to the same bottom of the barrel performance we saw on the road against Indiana and Northwestern.
It's a shame this crazy rollercoaster ride of a season has to come to a stop; the lows have been painful, but the highs have been plentiful -- and oh so rewarding-- and it would have been fun to see it extended a few more days. It's an even bigger shame that Matt Gatens had to end the season -- and his Iowa career -- on such a dismal note (he had 7 points on 3/10 shooting), but so it goes. We'll always have his molten-hot run in February to remember fondly.
Horace will have a more extensive breakdown of the game later and we'll look back at the season as a whole over the course of the next week or so. For now, we're just bummed. See ya next winter, Iowa basketball.
Feel free to use this as an open thread for the remainder of the day; there are several more NCAA Tournament games to go (including the Battle of Ames High, which is -- shock! -- being won by North Carolina). The usual open thread rules apply, of course.