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I managed to catch the end of the Connecticut-Villanova game, though I wish I'd seen the whole thing. Man, the Big East has some very, very good teams this year. You watch the Huskies blow a team out and think, "No one else is going to beat them if Rudy Gay continues to show up." But then Rudy has a big night and the Wildcats still prevail. I've always been partial to both teams as fall-backs after my dad's alma mater Syracuse has been vanquished in conference or tournament play. Tonight I was rooting for Villanova, because they were underdogs even as the fourth-ranked team in the nation at home and, more importantly, because they regularly play a rotation with only one player much taller than I am, yet still manage to outrebound teams with big front lines, of which Connecticut is this year's cream of the crop. As someone who has been following the Big East since before it received an automatic NCAA bid, through good times and bad, I'm ever so pleased to see the conference at the highest point it has managed since 1985. Sure, I'm first and foremost a Pac-10 guy. But family allegiances matter and the Big East comes second. And you know, thewhitaker, how much I like West Virginia's game.


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From: thewhitaker Date: February 14th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The Big East--though no longer a football conference--is very much a basketball conference. I never thought I'd see the day when the 'eers would carry the conference on its shoulders in two sports (in football they win; in basketball they win and they have wide appeal).
What's best about the scary new Big East is that the teams beat the everlasting shit out of each other in the regular season so that, when tournament time comes around, they will play no better teams than they see in regular-season conference play.
Plus, games at the Coliseum in Morgantown are always great. Where else can you get a bearded undergraduate in beaver pelt garments firing a hunting weapon indoors? Dick Cheney who?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 14th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're totally right about the competition level within the conference. Syracuse would be a Top-20 team in any other conference.

I do so love your prose. Those last two sentences are priceless. Burger and beer?
From: thewhitaker Date: February 15th, 2006 05:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I am up for some burger, beer, Bertsch alliterative ballyhoo anytime you'd like to go. How's Friday at Belushes?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: February 15th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Friday's never good for us. But Saturday I'm planning on going out. Maybe we can meet then. Or Sunday afternoon, perhaps.
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