What a run for the Panthers. It's too bad the magic ran out before Indianapolis. A few UNI fans have already emailed to (jokingly, I think) blame the SI cover jinx, but I thought the better team won.
What's frustrating about the loss... the Panthers didn't play up to their capabilities... not even close. Throughout the season, UNI won countless games by limiting turnovers and being clutch at the free throw line, but that was not the case Friday night. Granted Michigan St. had a lot to do with the number of Panther turnovers. The Spartans length, quickness, and atheticism was a notch above what the Panthers faced most of the season.
Tom Izzo again proved why he's one of the best coaches in the game. That must have been some halftime speech. The Spartans halftime adjustments might have been the difference. Jordan Eglseder was a big reason why the Panthers led by seven at the break, but Eglseder was a non-factor the final 20 minutes.
I could break it down 10 different ways, but here's the bottom line... it's hard to win any game without making a field goal in the final 10 minutes. The Spartans shut down the Panthers down the stretch.