I have no pony in this race. My favorite college hoops team is the Razorbacks. I dont even think they made the NIT. I'm from Los Angeles and I live in Seattle. Oh and by the way I hate the Lackers. I have never cheered for the Pac-10 just because I'm a west coast guy. Matter of fact being a Bruin hater I have spent more time cheering against the Pac-10 than for.
First I want to say the Pac-10 was pure D crap this year. It was as weak as ever. They barely deserved two teams. That said both of the teams that made it have real talent and probably would have or should have made it on a good year. I watched a few Bears games where Cal was just ridiculous. Christopher is an NBA guard. Randall isn't really built for the next level but he has big time skills. He is the type of player the really shines this time of year and really I may be wrong about his NBA game because he plays a lot like Aaron Brooks. I saw that game where they just destroyed Oregon. Their bigs play mean and they have two utility guys in Robertson and Gutierrez that do what needs to be done. After watching Cal play a few times I told my buddy the Pac-10 may be weak but they have one good team and another that could be good.
The other team was the Huskies. They simply needed to replace Brockman. They needed some bigs to step up. Their guards have talent. Isaiah Thomas is cool solid and explosive. He is listed at 5'8 but he plays big. They have a real stopper in Overton too. Overton's defense was the key their win against Marquette. Then they have Pondexter who's progress reminds me of Brandon Roy's. He is shooting 53% while averaging 20 points. He makes it look easy. When the Huskies made it to the conference tourney I figured they must have come around and when they beat Cal I knew they were real...
Then I listened to the talking heads. Three so called experts Jay Williams, Seth Davis, and E Tu Brute Greg Anthony were talking about how Cal shouldn't even make the tournament after winning the regular season in the Pac-10. Jay Williams was really trying to sell it too. This is when I became a Pac-10 fan. I knew they didn't know what they were talking about. I knew how good Cal was. I may be from the west coast but I spent three of my high school years on the east coast. I know the east coast bias is founded in that same breed of proud ignorance that you see when a teacher calls on a kid and doesn't know the answer but wants to remain cool. I remember when coach Jere Quinn (google him he is a great coach) asked my class to predict the final four and the champ and one kid predicted UNLV, who slaughtered Duke that year. Quinn laughed at the kid; "Las Vegas" he asked? I remember thinking "Las Vegas" has a basketball team? Thats why I expect more from Anthony.
Here is to Cal giving Duke a beating or at least more madness.