There are any number of four-letter words to sum up how I feel right now. But we’ll try to stay positive and ignore that.
Sometimes you just run into those games that weren’t made for you to win. Today was one of those games.
First, let’s take our hats off to West Virginia. They outplayed the Huskies in every facet of the contest today. Yes, they may have had a little help from the guys with the whistles (we’ll leave that touchy subject alone), but even without the stripes there to back them up, they would have won this game. Don’t kid yourself.
In particular, I was impressed with the game-planning by head coach Bob Huggins. In the first half, you may have noticed that West Virginia played a tough, in-your-face man defense almost exclusively. As a result, the Dawgs were able to take a two-point lead into the locker room at intermission.
We’ll get you more information on the Huskies’ Sweet 16 opponent later in the week.
For now, all you really need to know about West Virginia can be found in these videos featuring Da’Sean Butler, Joe Mazzulla, and Jonnie West (son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West) getting crunk in their hotel room.
Butler is the team’s unquestioned leader, a 6’7″ senior forward who averages 17.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game.
Mazzulla and West are lightly-used junior reserves, who average a combined 4.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.
Like I said, we’ll have more info later in the week. But do yourself a favor and check out these videos in the meantime.
The University of New Mexico is a public institution with over 27,000 students based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
With the Lobo as their mascot (Spanish for “Wolf,” not to be confused with former women’s basketball player Rebecca Lobo), New Mexico is one of nine schools that call the Mountain West Conference home. They were a charter member of the MWC in 1999, and prior to that held court in three different athletic conferences: the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1931-1951), the Mountain States/Skyline Conference (1951-1962), and the Western Athletic Conference (aka the WAC, where they were a charter member in 1962, and remained until 1999).
Welcome to the official Seattle Sportsnet 2010 NCAA Tournament Emotion Thread, a continuous post dedicated to capturing my very real emotions on the NCAA Tournament. As the Big Dance rolls on, I will frequently update this article with live statements regarding my thoughts on the contests. Enjoy.
4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 18
To briefly summarize my day: Lots of cussing at those Irish bastards from Notre Dame, lots of cheering for Robert Morris to beat Villanova, lots of yelling for BYU to take down Florida (Loyd Junior!), some eating, some drinking, an OHMYGOD! moment when Murray State beat Vanderbilt at the buzzer (damn you, by the way, Vandy), a sigh of relief as Baylor escaped Sam Houston State, another shot to the nuts as that fat kid Omar Samhan and Saint Mary’s beat Richmond, complete indifference to Kansas State rolling over North Texas. And now we wait for the Huskies.
Below, I give you the official Seattle Sportsnet NCAA Tournament bracket. You’ll notice that this year, I’ve named all my entries “Mendez-Valdez” in honor of former Western Kentucky shooting guard and tournament hero Orlando Mendez-Valdez. Enjoy.
With all due respect to the Marquette Golden Eagles, I truly believe the Washington Huskies will pull the upset and win their first round NCAA Tournament matchup on Thursday. You can call it blind allegiance if you must, but if I were a betting man I’d still side with the Dawgs. It just makes sense. Here’s why:
A bunch of swingmen vs. Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Had you told me a month ago that Matthew Bryan-Amaning would be our biggest X-factor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, I would have cringed. These days, however, he might very well be our greatest weapon.
The 6’9″ power forward from Britain will be counted on to shoulder much of the load inside against Marquette’s diminutive front line. Though the Golden Eagles’ forwards are all at least two inches shorter than MBA, they play bigger than their stature and are more active than some of the big bodies the Huskies faced in Pac-10 play.
Marquette University is a private, Catholic institution based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Boasting a student body of around 11,500 undergraduates and graduates, Marquette is one of the largest Jesuit universities in the country.
With the Golden Eagles as their mascot, the Marquette basketball program plays in the Big East Conference, where they have been a member since 2005. Prior to that, they called Conference USA home.
The Marquette basketball team is one of the more prestigious programs in the nation. Thursday’s game against the Huskies will mark the university’s seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past 10 years.