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cbertsch
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Confrerence
It's strange that the Pac-10 men's team with the easy win today was Washington State, since they tend to grind out victories. But I guess the hurting they put on my Bears on February 28th at Haas -- after Cal beat them in Pullman earlier -- was less of an aberration than it seemed at the time. Still, Notre Dame looked strong coming in. Bobby Knight -- who clearly shares the ESPN bias against the Pac-10 -- and a host of other commentators expected the Fighting Irish to prevail. As for the other two Pac-10 teams, their games were a lot more fun to follow but also a reminder that both need to play hard all the time if they want to keep playing. For all of their experience and talent, UCLA is too lacking in consistent offensive weapons, aside from Kevin Love, to coast the way that North Carolina, Kansas or Memphis can against a lesser team playing strong defense. And Stanford's low-post game requires a little lubricant from the wings, corners and top of the key to function smoothly. But let's be done with the critique: the Pac-10 has three teams in the Sweet Sixteen again!

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masoo From: masoo Date: March 23rd, 2008 04:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You really need to do something about the disconnect between saying "my Bears" and rooting for Stanfurd.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 23rd, 2008 05:18 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
See, I use reason in my rooting, at least when it comes to basketball. The better the Pac-10 does, the better the chances that Cal will get some respect next year if they are decent, as I'm hoping they will be. Shit, I even pull for Arizona outside the Pac-10, which takes much intestinal fortitude!
siyeh From: siyeh Date: March 23rd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I try to do that too, although it's been difficult at times.
The Stanford game was AMAZING--must have been a delight for you and Kim's dad to watch. As for WSU, Greg was hitting refresh pretty much every half second on the computer, as they didn't play it all. They are such a strange team--we always say they don't seem like any of them are good enough to add up to a team that good. Notre Dame had 13 field goals! And before the game, they interviewed a player and the coach about getting permission from the pope to play in a tournament Easter weekend, which was awesome. I keep wanting to hope they have a chance against UNC--but who knows. It's a small chance, I guess, as I'm sure their big man Baynes will be whistled for 3 phantom fouls within minutes against Hansbrough... Ugh.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 24th, 2008 12:27 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
They were showing the actual games on the internet. Or so I was told. No matter, as the Cougs won easily. I'm sure Washington State could beat North Carolina, but they'd have to have three players shoot better than their average from behind the arc and avoid foul trouble.
From: catfishvegas Date: March 23rd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
From the start I had these three Pac-10 teams heading right on into the final four (along with Kansas). Why even fill out a bracket if it's not something you're actually rooting for (within reason of course - I had Arizona only going to the Sweet 16)?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 24th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Makes sense. I was actually surprised to see USC go out early. I thought they could take K-State and possibly upset Wisconsin as well.
jstgerma From: jstgerma Date: March 23rd, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Wings tire ...

Height doesn't shrink. I don't want to curse it, but with the twins and Hill on the perimeter, Stanford's a legit contender. They've convinced me.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: March 24th, 2008 12:26 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: Wings tire ...

That's for sure. If Goods and Hill can play at 75% of their average of last year, Stanford can be a Final Four team. Of course, Texas is very, very good, so that state of affairs better materialize ASAP.
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