Coming into the madness season

There are quite a few college teams that are in the “rebuilding” or “creating” stage this year with new or relatively new coaches. One is North Carolina State, and that school’s Alumni Association has an unusually in-depth interview with Assistant Coach Jon Harper that is more than worth a read. I can’t think of any other questions they could have asked him.

Might as well gift wrap the Pac-10 title and give it to Stanford right now. *Yawn*

Florida A&M lost to Howard by one last night. Of course they’re heartbroken, and I can relate. One of my kids’ high school teams lost in the playoffs last night by two points. Once again, the double-edged sword of basketball rears its head: your greatest love can be your greatest heartbreak. And again I say: hang in there, girls. Keep those heads up.

Oh, it hurts, though.

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  1. "Might as well gift wrap the Pac-10 title and give it to Stanford right now. *Yawn*"

    Pac-10 title, yeah.

    Pac-10 *Tournament* title, I'm not so sure. Our Bruins are playing awfully good basketball right now, and getting contributions from a lot of unlikely sources (19 from Rebekah Gardner? 13 from Nina Earl? 11 and 7 from Moniquee Alexander?).

    UCLA's last 6 wins have all been by 12 or more points (usually many, many more). We've defended well all year, but we're starting to see even better ball movement in the half-court sets, and alot of opportunism in transition.

    If UCLA and Stanford were to meet in the finals in Galen, Stanford would certainly be the heavy favorite, but we might–just might–pull off the upset.

    I'm booking my tickets now.

    Patrick Meighan
    UCLA Class of '95