Well, it took a while, but the Dawgs are in sole possession of first place with two games to go. Both on the road, both down in Los Angeles. USC is the worst team in the Pac-12 (which would place them high in the runnin’ for worst team in all of college basketball), so they should be pushovers. That just leaves our contest on March 3rd at … 11am?! Ye gods!
Of course, Cal could do us a big favor by losing on March 4th in Stanford, but I don’t think anyone believes that’ll happen.
How did we get here? Wouldn’t you know it, I missed watching this game too (I was at a charity pub golf match … won myself a signed Seahawks football which includes names such as John Moffit, Mike Williams, Walter Thurmond, Roy Lewis, James “Pancakes” Carpenter, Marcus Trufant, John Carlson, Ben Obomanu, and others), but from the highlights I saw, it looked like quite the back-and-forth.
In short, the Cougs Coug’d it. Need I really say more?
I don’t, but I will anyway because it rolls off the tongue so delectably. The Huskies were down 13 with something like 11 minutes to go in the game. We proceeded to walk them down thanks to some fine defense and some less-than-fine production at the free throw line by the losers (17 of 32 … at home!).
This was, like most of our victories, a game where you come out of it saying, “How in the hell did we just win?” Hell if I know! Tony Wroten was his usual great self, but Terrence Ross was saddled with foul trouble and we got our usual nothing from our big men. I thank my lucky stars every day that Wilcox’s injury wasn’t worse than it was.
This is exciting, isn’t it? By all rights, we have no business being in this position with the way we looked early in the season. And yet, here we are, two games to go and a chance to control our destiny. Fuck it, let’s win ’em both and then go win the Pac-12 Tournament as well. I don’t want to give those fucks down at the league office a chance to shut us out of March Madness!