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Lemons to Lemonade

My alma mater, the University of Washington Huskies, got left out of the Big Dance. Even though they won the Pac-12 regular season title, a couple of bad end-of-the-season losses, kept them out of the March Madness NCAA tournament. They ended up being a #1 seed in the national Invitational Tournament (NIT).

These are 20 year olds. They were discouraged and upset about not being selected to the NCAA tournament after winning their conference. The NIT, though prestigious in history, was of little consolation. It would have been very easy to walk out on the court in the first game with a bad attitude and leftover baggage. That would almost certainly lead to an even more embarrassing loss and a terrible off-season.

On Tuesday, the Huskies defeated their arch nemesis Oregon to advance to the NIT Final Four in Madison Square Garden in New York. They won three games to earn that distinction. Now they will play on national television in the Big Apple. No matter what happens, this has been a success. They turned lemons into lemonade.

Give credit to the coaches for excellent leadership. Give credit to the players for staying tough. And give credit to the fans for sticking behind them. It was a team effort.

Hey…winning the NIT in New York would be really cool for these kids and the University. Let’s support them. Go Dawgs!

© 2012 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

News & Notes

Couple items to discuss. Looking for feedback…

1 – The Kingston Buccaneers draw Anacortes for their first game at the State Basketball Tournament in Yakima. Being from Oak Harbor, I know Anacortes has always had an excellent program. I don’t know anything about them, but I’m guessing Blake Conley’s team will have all they can handle with the Seahawks. Wish I could attend, but I’m out of town. Hey Bucs fans…what do you think about your team and their chances?

2 – Huskies hoops comes from behind to beat Washington State in Pullman last night. Huge game as pertains the the Pac-12 title and getting into to Big Dance. Two games left on the road at UCLA and USC. I think they need to win out to seal their spot in the tournament. Do you agree?

3 – Huskies football gets a chance to show how far they’ve come with a game at LSU early in the season. After that, they open Pac-12 play at Oregon and home against USC. How do Dawg fans feel about the schedule?

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March Madness Bracket

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Real Life Hoosiers

How cool is it that Butler is in the Final Four in their hometown?

If you’ve seen the classic hoops movie starring Gene Hackman, Hoosiers, you have to love that a mid-major powerhouse like Butler finally gets to the big stage and it’s 6 miles away from their campus.

So what chance do the Bulldogs have to win the whole enchilada? Well, what chance did they have coming in as a #5 seed to make it this far? Ironically, they play the other #5 seed survivor in the field, Michigan State. It’s better than playing either Duke or West Virginia in the semis. I think they have a great shot against the Spartans to find themselves in the finals on Monday. Tom Izzo is a terrific coach, but I’m giving the edge to the hometown boys to find themselves playing Duke in the finals. From there…do you believe in miracles?

Coach Brad Stevens will probably be the hottest commodity in college coaching. I just hope he doesn’t end up in Eugene.

© 2010 Dan Weedin. All Rights Reserved

Whine, Whine, Whine

Did you happen to see New Mexico’s “star” player Darington Hopson’s comment after they got thrashed by Washington? He said, “They (Washington) played the best game of their lives. They’re not even that good. They just played a good game tonight.”

Really? Really?

Mr. Hopson, you just got smoked by 18 points and it wasn’t even that close. The way it looks to me, you couldn’t even hang in the Pac-10. Dude, get a clue. You can’t pop off like that when you get your lunch handed to you. There must be something weird in the water in New Mexico.

Read the story on ESPN

Go Dawgs!

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Reasons the Dawgs Won

Former UCLA coach Steve Lavin recently stated what makes the difference in his mind on how teams fare in the tournament comes down to coaching, rebounding, and turnovers. Take a look at the last minute of Washington’s win against Marquette.

1 – Turnovers – With the game tied, Washington’s defense forces a turnover when a ball is errantly thrown out of bounds.

2 – Rebounds – The Huskies milk the clock and Isiah Thomas launches a three-point shot. He missed hard off the rim, but Quincy Pondexter corralled the offensive rebound. That gives the Dawgs the final shot.

3 – Coaching – At this point, no timeout is taken. This is critical because now Marquette has to play live rather than set up a defense coming out of a timeout. The Huskies have been so well coached they know exactly how to take it sown for a final shot. This isn’t osmosis. This is terrific coaching.

I watched New Mexico play the next game. Obviously, they are good. However, this is another excellent match-up for Washington. Sweet 16 anyone?

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Monday Morning QB – the day after…

1 – Nice article on Vivian Frieson in today’s Kitsap Sun. The former Bremerton High hoops star is now a senior at Gonzaga and heading into to the NCAA tournament. It’s hard to imagine her a senior. I remember coaching against her and when she was coming up through the junior high ranks. She left Bremerton after two years to go to Garfield under the tutelage of Joyce Walker. I think she went through some challenging times, however looks like things have gone well lately. Best wishes to her and the Bulldogs in the tourney.

2 – The Deion Grant era at safety appears t be over. The veteran was cut by the Seahawks yesterday. Does this signal the return to the Northwest of one Taylor Mays?

3 – Nothing new in the Brandon Marshall saga. The signing of WR Ruvell Martin does nothing to make me feel good about our WR corp.

4 – My early prediction for Thursday…the Huskies win 77-71. I’m not just being a homer, either. The Dawgs are hot (7 in a row and 11 of 13), are playing basically at home (one hour plane ride), should have a ton of fans, and match up well with Marquette. I like a second round match-up with New Mexico.

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How Sweet it is!!!

The Huskies and Lorenzo Romar took care of business beating #20 Cal to take the Pac-10 tourney crown and punching their ticket to the Big Dance. No drama other than finding out where, when, and who. Before the game, they were looking at a #13 slot. I predict this will push them up to a #10 seed. If they keep playing with this much confidence, swagger, and defense, they have a great shot to win at least one.

P.S. I’m guessing the recent lack of comments mean you don’t like Husky hoops??? What else is there to really talk about? It’s really early in spring training, the NFL draft is a month away, we have no NBA, no Tiger on the Tour, and as we discussed, I don’t know or do auto racing. Any college hoop fans out there? We can also talk other conferences and the upcoming selection show. Let’s go!

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Odds and Ends

1 – Huskies take care of Stanford in Los Angeles. They didn’t play great in the first half, however the defense was solid the entire game. This should punch their ticket for March Madness. By the way, what’s happened to Abdul Gaddy. He was terrible. Lorenzo Romar was smart to pull him out before he became a disaster for the team. He needs to get dramatically better in the off-season. For now, his role should be the bench.

2 – A win tonight over Cal would do wonders for seeding. A better first round slot will give hope for pulling out one win.

3 – I’m a little surprised we haven’t heard more on the Brandon Marshall front. With Antonio Bryant signing with the Bengals, there doesn’t seem much leverage on his side. Perhaps a trade is in the works to avoid losing the #6 pick.

4 – Spring training is in full swing. I still have three spots in my fantasy baseball league that drafts next week. Any takers? Free league, lots of fun.

5 – News is that Tiger Woods will be playing in the Masters. So when do we hear from him? Is he going to drag this out like a Brett Favre decision? Will he hold another “invitation only” press conference. It’s getting close to the azaleas blooming. When will Tiger show up for the dance?

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Big game tonight against the Cardinal – Could they be dancing?

ESPN feels the same way I do. The two teams in the tournament championship should get in to the Big Dance – Read the story.

45 minutes from tip. Washington got a break when Stanford beat Arizona State. ASU is a tougher match-up for the Dawgs. Play their game and we should be dancing over the weekend.

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