Even with the Huskies back in Seattle studying for finals, I stuck around for semifinal night at the Staples Center. It wasn't disappointing in the least. It didn't have quite the same drama Thursday night with a bunch of team's going down to the wire. But both games were pretty good.
Being the fortunate people that we are, the media members get to sit almost courtside (something not common during the regular season) and down there you can see at what physical and intense level those games are being played at. Colorado just flat gets after teams defensively. Andre Roberson is so good inside. He can defend posts and he can defend wing players. And the guy is rebounding machine.
Arizona is Arizona. The Wildcats play hard. Kyle Fogg is playing the best basketball of his career. And really it was addition by subtraction with Josiah Turner being suspended for the rest of the season.
I'm actually kind of excited to see this game. Here's the statsheet.com preview
Let's get to last night's games ...
The Arizona Daily Star has been absolutely killing it with their tourney coverage. The paper has three guys covering it top to bottom. Here's Bruce Pascoe's game story which talks about the Cats being one win from an NCAA tourney bid. Patrick Finley wrote about Nick Johnson's stellar second half of basketball. The kid is really good. Columnist Greg Hansen writes about head coach Sean Miller demanding more from his team. In another example of next year's TV deal not getting here soon enough, a problem with Cox Cable caused some a lot of people in Arizona to miss the first hour and a half of the game. I said it before, I will say it again - DirecTV people.
From the OSU perspective - Lindsay Schnell's game story in the Oregonian talks about the Beavers simply running out of a game in a game of huge runs. Here's a pretty cool photo essay from Oregonian photographer Stephanie Yao. Bob Clark of the Register Guard has this game story ... and here's the gamer from the Gazette Times.
Here's Ryan Thorburn's game story from the Boulder Daily Camera, which talks about the Buffaloes being one win away from the tourney. They were snubbed by the selection committee last year. In his notebook, he talks about the conference as a whole and it's tourney hopes. He also mentions that the women's tourney might not be moving to Las Vegas next season like the men's tourney. Instead, the rumors around the Staples Center said the tourney will be moving to Seattle's Key Arena. While most of the Denver Post was tracking Peyton Manning's every move through the city, Tom Kensler was in LA and wrote this game story.
Here's Jeff Fauarado's game story from the San Jose Mercury News which ttalks about a brutal 10-0 run late in the second half. Here's John Crumpacker's game story from the SF Chronicle. As for Cal's tourney hopes, here's Mike Montgomery's postgame comment ...
"What do you need to do?" he asked rhetorically. "Twenty-four wins, single-digit losses, decent RPI, whatever that means. If you can't make it with 13 wins in the conference, if you can't make it with 24 wins overall, I don't know what you have to do."