The first in a yearlong series of wallowing. It’s when good teams run out of games; it’s when bad teams are officially out of contention. It’s March 10th on your calendar, so that must mean College Basketball.
Look, I don’t have a whole lot of confidence going for this team right now. How could I? Our best wins came weeks ago, we’re defeated at home, we’ve yet to beat the Cougars (who we play tonight), and it took a miraculous C.J. Wilcox effort to prevent us from going 0 for our last 4.
Now, we’ve lost Overton for the long (or short) weekend, Holiday’s status is up in the air thanks to a concussion, and Terrence Ross – a guy who has HIT the motherfucking Freshman Wall – will be forced into significant minutes in a potential do-or-die game.
Lose tonight, and we no longer control our own destiny. How can we sit here and tell the NCAA Tournament Committee that 20 wins from a 3rd place finishing Pac-10 team is good enough? We have zero legs to stand on in our argument. And that’s not even factoring in all the What If’s.
What if USC or WSU wins the Pac-10 Tournament?
What if a bunch of underdogs in other conferences sneak in?
What if it comes down to a University of Washington team who has been in the slump of all slumps vs. a team from another conference who’s actually WON a couple games against ranked opponents?
From what I understand, at the moment we’re either a 9 or a 10 seed, which would mean we’re shoo-ins for March Madness. Lose tonight, and I don’t think we’re shoo-ins any longer. We need to make this particular decision easier for the Committee. We need to figure out a way to take care of business tonight.
If it means we hit 50% of our 3’s, then so be it.
If it means they have a down shooting night and we take advantage, then so be it.
If it means we have to rely on guys who have been inconsistent at best all year, then I hope they eat plenty of Wheaties this morning.
Because I don’t want to be the best team in the NIT this year. Or ANY year. I want the opportunity to play on a national stage next weekend; it’s the only birthday present I will truly appreciate.