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The Pac-10 Plus Colorado Is Not What I Had In Mind

We had the Big 12 on the ropes and we couldn’t deliver the knockout punch.

We were going to form the Pac-16, a monstrosity of a conference that would have all but eliminated the term “West Coast bias” from memory.

We would have been all-powerful, like the Superfriends, or the X-Men, or even Jay-Z and Beyonce.

We could have had it all. And we choked. We did. We blew it. Instead of forming the Pac-16, we’re currently the Pac-11, with the Big 12’s former redheaded stepchild as our latest addition. Colorado. Home of scandal and subpar performances. It’s like adding another Oregon State. Yeah, think about that for a minute.

Now, in order to create some sort of balance within our oddly-numbered league, we’re going to be forced to add a Utah, or a BYU, or a Boise State to our conference of champions. Because nothing says “champion” like Boise State.

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Floyd’s decision boggles the mind

timfloydPulling a Floyd: 1) Turning down a beautiful, unexpected gift for no apparent reason; 2) Committing an error in judgment of epic proportions; 3) Failing to appeal to sanity when faced with an otherwise easy decision.  Example: Refusing to accept the men’s basketball head coaching job at the University of Arizona.

Call it “Pulling a Floyd.” 

Tim Floyd’s decision to spurn the University of Arizona men’s basketball program for his current employer, USC, is absolutely mind-boggling. 

It’s like being offered the keys to a brand new Ferrari, when you’re current car is a Hyundai (no offense to Hyundai owners, they make a very practical automobile), and having the lack of sense to simply refuse this beautiful, wonderful, amazing gift that has fallen into your lap. 

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Abolish conference tournaments now!

pac10logoConference tournaments are no fun.  Fans usually hold their breath during these meaningless postseason shenanigans, hoping against hope that their team suffers no injuries or has to labor through victories.  Yes, it’s always nice to win a conference tourney (especially if you absolutely need that automatic NCAA bid), but for those teams already locked in to an at-large Big Dance slot, this might as well be a jamboree exhibition game.

The worst part is, conference tournaments aren’t even necessary.  They’re simply a way for a league to bring in some extra money, while propping up student-athletes as revenue-building machines in the process.  The NCAA loves to claim that they “care about the student-athlete.”  But in reality, while these kids are missing classes (and in many cases finals) to attend these half-empty crapfests, the NCAA is capitalizing on their lack of appreciation for the young men and women who are essentially writing their paychecks.  It’s an absolute travesty.

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Top 11: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball players of 2009

There are a plethora of contenders when it comes to the best ballers in the Pac-10 this year.  No, it’s not the same quality as last year, with the likes of Kevin Love, O.J. Mayo, and Jerryd Bayless taking over the league, but there are still a number of high-profile hoopsters across the ten conference teams.  From Jon Brockman to James Harden and everyone in between, we’ll countdown the Top 11.  On to the list.

Arizona's Nic Wise
Arizona's Nic Wise, AP Photo

11. Nic Wise, PG, Arizona. The junior has had a solid year, averaging 14.8 PPG and 4.7 APG.  As one of Arizona’s big three (along with forwards Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill), Wise has been a target of opposing defenses all season long and has responded nicely.  He’s come on strong as of late, posting five straight games of double-figures scoring, including 27 and 26 in big wins over USC and UCLA, respectively.

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Coach of the Year? Not OSU’s Robinson

craigrobinsonIf it were up to the national media pundits, Oregon State’s Craig Robinson would already have the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award sitting on his mantle at home. The brother-in-law of President Barack Obama is the journalists’ choice for COY on a conference level, and quite possibly on a national level as well. But what does the media know?

If you ask me, Robinson’s appointment as Coach of the Year is strictly tied to his family tree. If, say, Ken Bone (in no way, shape, or form related to our new prez) had led the Beavers to an identical record under similar circumstances, we wouldn’t hear jack about Bone or the turnaround of Oregon State basketball. But because it’s Robinson, the sexy choice across the country, all we hear about is how great the new-look Beavs are.

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Yahoo’s Jason King defies sanity in ranking Pac-10

Beware this man! He's an idiot!
Beware this man! He's an idiot!

Not that Yahoo Sports is considered a valuable resource for college basketball analysis or anything, but come on.  Come on, Jason King, you’re supposed to be an expert.  Instead, you look like a fool, with your back-asswards Pac-10 basketball rankings and an expectation that we’re supposed to trust you for insight.

I implore you to stop.  Just stop.  You’re not as smart as you give yourself credit for, and there’s no need to keep perpetuating flat-out wrongitude.

Who is Jason King, you ask?  Jason King is a Yahoo Sports college basketball “insider” (inside what, we may never know) that spends his time analyzing all of NCAA basketball.

First of all, asking someone to analyze all of NCAA basketball is like asking someone to sponge bath all of Bartolo Colon, or read all the works of Shakespeare.  It’s a humongous task that no one should be assigned on a sole basis.  But in these tough economic times, not only has Yahoo Sports entrusted one man to handle this job, they’ve entrusted Jason King, who happens to be an idiot.

Additionally, King hails from Kansas and attended Texas’ Baylor University, so his knowledge of West Coast basketball is right up there with my knowledge of nuclear physics.

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League Bias: Arizona chokes on Horne’s boner

League Bias is a periodic segment examining interesting stories around our local teams’ respective leagues. Be it the NFC West, the AL West, or the Pac-10, League Bias will be there to cover the breaking story and put an interesting spin on it. Enjoy.

University of Arizona swingman Jamelle Horne isn’t entirely to blame for the Wildcats non-conference loss to UAB last night, but he sure can’t hide from the huge blunder he committed in the waning moments of the game (seen here).

With a 71-71 tie intact at the end of regulation, Arizona had crawled back from a 41-31 halftime deficit to push the UAB Blazers to the brink of overtime. With the game clock winding down and a chance to take the lead, the Wildcats missed on what would have been the go-ahead basket and UAB hauled in the rebound. Upon corralling the loose ball, Blazer guard Paul Delaney had just under three seconds to heave a midcourt desperation shot for the win.

At that very same moment Horne, a sophomore participating in his 28th college basketball game, began streaking towards Delaney thinking the ‘Cats had their “foul” play on (where as soon as the opponent gains possession of the ball, you foul as quickly as possible). Then, armed with the decision-making skills of a 15-year-old mother of two, Horne committed a Chris Webber-esque faux pas of epic proportions. Lunging with the entirety of his 6’6″ frame, Horne managed to snag Delaney’s jersey around the waist with 0.88 seconds left, sending the Blazers to the line with a chance to win the game.

Delaney went on to knock down one of two free throws and UAB was re-granted possession of the ball because Horne’s foul, in addition to being very stupid, was also ruled intentional (since Horne made no effort to go for the ball). That allowed a very lucky Alabama-Birmingham team to escape Tucson with a one-point victory in a game that should have been decided in OT.

Getting back to the embattled Jamelle Horne for a minute, we can legitimately sum up his performance with three letters: WTF. WTF, Jamelle! Have you never seen a basketball game before? Unless you are losing, you do not foul, and especially with 0.88 seconds left. Whether or not a play was on is beside the point. It’s straight mind-blowing. It’s the Mariners winning a World Series, it’s Michael Jackson running a KinderCare, it’s the Steve Bartman Pop-Fly Catching Clinic, it’s the Oprah Winfrey weight-loss plan….these things just aren’t supposed to happen! You effed up royally, and the only thing to save you from further embarrassment is the fact that this game was on ESPN2, and concluded around 1:30 AM Eastern time. So luckily, there weren’t too many people watching you go Mariah Carey crazy on the world for that short amount of time.

Of course, as alluded to earlier, Horne’s WTF moment isn’t entirely to blame for the Wildcats defeat. A minute earlier, teammate Kyle Fogg scored the game-tying basket then immediately fouled a UAB player on the ensuing inbounds play, convinced it was the right thing to do. Luckily for Fogg, he was spared public humiliation when the Blazers failed to convert at the line and play resumed.

Needless to say, two plays of similar boneheaded nature are a reflection on the coaching staff and the team’s inherent lack of awareness. If Arizona intends to compete this year, they’ll need to avoid similar gaffes in the future.