Bob Knight did, however, add on to his legend as one of the most quotable personalities in the game.
As with normal procedure, each coach addresses the media about a half hour after the game. Knight approached the media room with a slow and grim looking walk. His opening statement was concise, as he stated, "We ran into a team that is better than we are. Marquette is just a better basketball team and they showed it in the beginning when they jumped all over us."
Even though Knight had just addressed Marquette's fast start, a reporter asked Knight about the way the Golden Eagles came out of the gates and if he was surprised by the way Marquette played.
"You know, I have been in this long enough that I am not surprised by anything," snarled Knight. "Marquette got off to a good start; that's what we all try to do."
The General was in rare form. The glare that has become a staple on ESPN highlights of his tirades was ever present. When asked why he didn't play star guard Martin Zeno in the second half, Knight balked. He was clearly disappointed with Zeno and how poorly he played in the first half. Instead of stating the obvious as to why Zeno sat, Knight responded with an off the wall statement saying, "I looked up and I saw the way the shadows were up on the roof."
Quite the explanation.
To top it off, Knight fielded a few more questions and then told the media members that he was hungry. He put is beret on and left. As he came off the media stage, he joined his assistant coaches in the hallway.
"What is the quickest damn way out of this place," Knight asked his son Pat, an assistant on his staff. "I am hungry."
Just another day at the office for Bobby Knight--nothing surprises us anymore, either.
**Andrew Sharos is a senior majoring in History and Secondary Education