Do you even care that the Illinois Fighting Illini improved their record to 19-8 by curb-stomping the Northwestern Wildcats? Probably not, and I can’t blame you. Even though the Illini are playing with the urgency needed to improve upon their NCAA Tournament resume, beating Northwestern isn’t exactly a huge accomplishment.
However, this year in college hoops has showed us, that even in the most mundane games, something worthwhile will come out of it. That’s where Northwestern guard Alex Marcotullio comes in. Not because Marcotullio scored 8 points in the Wildcats loss, but because of his inability to be a good actor, while Illinois is busy banging a three.
Flopping, the devil’s favorite pet in basketball, is something all fans hate. The NBA is trying to completely abolish the art of faking it for the team from their game. College hoops, well they are having a hard time figuring out when to call a normal foul, never mind fixing the epidemic known as flopping.
Take a look at Marcotullio acting like he has been shot by a sniper:
A boxer who has been hit with a knockout punch doesn’t go down as hard as Marcotullio. Luckily, no foul was called and the Fighting Illini came away with their three points.
I don’t know what the answer is to solving the flopping issue. However, I do have one idea. For every instance that a player flops, especially in this kind of scenario, the opposing team gets to throw the guy down for real to the extent of which the flop insinuates.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. For the love of Sam Cassell, follow Joe on the Twitter Machine @JosephNardone