Could the weather be any more unpredictable. I was awoken to the radio talking about crashes on I-5 and snow on the ground in Tacoma. And if you want to avoid depression, steer clear of the long range forecast.
Anyway, let’s get to tonight’s game. The Huskies said all the right things yesterday. They vowed to be taking tonight’s game seriously. They promised to not let the disappointment of not making the NCAA tournament affect them. We will see if that’s the case. I tend to believe them. Then I again, I tended to believe that they would come out ready to play in the Pac-12 tournament.
From my story …
Romar said he believes he has players who are passionate about the game and who are driven by the desire to compete.
“By game time (today), we will be ready,” Romar said.
There were hints of bitterness in the players’ voices before practice Monday when it came to the NCAA selection committee.
“It sucks,” senior forward Darnell Gant said. “You just try to hold your emotions as best you can and try not to let them all out. You got a lot of things going on. You’re upset. You’re mad. You’re sad. There’s a lot of emotions, but you got to hold it together.”
The Huskies say they are ready to move past it.
“We did this to ourselves,” freshman guard Tony Wroten said. “We just got to look forward to the next game and try to win the NIT.”
To win the NIT, or even the first game of the NIT, there can be no question about their motivation.
And the Huskies all pledged to take this game seriously. If there’s a game being played, they want to – and expect to – win the game.
“It can’t really matter where we’re at,” sophomore guard Terrence Ross said. “As long as we have our uniforms on, we have to play hard and play competitively and make sure we win the (rest) of these games from here on out.”
ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan commends the selection committee for not choosing Washington.
Let’s go around the conference …
Arizona: Sean Miller said Josiah Turner’s suspension will end his season. Turner can return to the team next season if he follows team rules, if not Miller is prepared to find a replacement.
Cal: The Bears will have to deal with South Florida’s slow it down offense. If you’ve never seen USF play, it can be quite painful. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Scott Ostler says that a few wins in the tourney could re-earn some respect for the Bears and their season.
Colorado: The celebrating is over for the Buffs, now they must focus on a very good UNLV team.
Oregon: The Ducks believe success in the NIT is all about attitude. They knew they would likely be playing in it after losing to Colorado in the Pac-12 tourney.
Oregon State: The Beavers are trying to keep the momentum of their solid play in the Pac-12 tournament into the CBI
Stanford: The Cardinal hosts Cleveland State