There is no other way to label UND's 73-61 men's basketball loss to Mayville State on Tuesday night.
Other than the Mayville players and fans, no one was in a good mood at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center after the game. The most disturbing part of UND's loss was the lack of energy from the Sioux. Mayville simply outplayed and outhustled UND. Unacceptable.
UND's transition to Division I basketball will have its ups and downs. There is no question about that. But the Sioux should not be losing to small NAIA programs during the transition. That's the bottom line.
UND's basketball fan base is growing older every year, and losses like the one Tuesday night certainly won't put any new basketball fans in the Betty. With the exception of the Dec. 19 game against Ben Jacobson and his Northern Iowa Panthers, I can't imagine many more decent-sized crowds to watch Sioux basketball in The Betty the rest of the season.
It will be interesting to see how the Sioux coaching staff handles a youth-dominated program that is trying to find its way in Division I basketball.
Can't imagine the staff will go back to the drawing board at this stage of the season.
Can't imagine many wins, either, if UND plays the way it did against Mayville.
The Sioux coaching staff keeps on saying it will stay the course during the transition, meaning there will be bumps along the way. But the course - after Tuesday night's loss - is turning into a rough ride.
The challenge is to not only maintain the course but navitage a few wins this season as well.