Well, tonight our boys lost another tough one. Once again, we clawed our way back from a significant double digit first half deficit, brought the game within one on two or three different occasions, but came up short, falling to the Beavs 59-55.
Despite countless turnovers and a few CRUCIAL offensive boards that we gave up down the stretch, the BIG KEY from tonight’s game is that Klay kinda-sorta-kinda regained his scoring touch.
Indeed, tonight, our main gun tallied 18 points–16 of which came in the second half. What’s more, our boys outscored the Beavs 40-26 in the second half. (reminder: we’d scored right around 50 IN OUR LAST THREE GAMES!).
The reason for all this optimism following a defeat to an 8th place team? Well, its quite simple: OUR COUGARS PORTEND TO BE THE MOST DANGEROUS 10 SEED TO EVER ENTER THE PAC-10 TOURNAMENT!!!!
Mind you, in NO WAY am I saying that we will win the darn thing next week, but here’s the simple truth: Right now our road to the NCAA’s looks like it will be Oregon, CAL, UCLA, and the winner of the other side of the bracket.
Now, compare that to what Oregon State or Standord will face (UW, ASU, CAL). Simply put, even with one fewer game, the other side represents a much more difficult bracket to the conference title.
Moreoever, as we’ve seen several times, regular season champions sputter regularly in conference tournaments–particularly when they play lower seeded foes in their first game. And, last I checked, we don’t match up that badly with CAL.
So, I say, give our boys a good rest on Saturday, Mr. Bone. Lets see a healthy dose of playing time from Mr. Motum, Mr Watson, Mr. Thames, and Abe. Lets see if we get their shots going in the regular season’s final tilt. Moreover, since we’re probably going to see Oregon again next Wednesday night, there’s no need to show them ANYTHING this time around.
Lets have some fun on Saturday and then lace em up for one week of Hell Raising in LA-LA land.
Lets go Cougs!