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NCAA Tournament Cliche #452: The Overlooked Team

Posted on: March 20, 2010 12:34 am
Edited on: March 20, 2010 12:37 am
 

C.M. TOMLIN


Before you say anything: yes, I'm aware that Cal was higher-seeded than Louisville (8 to Louisville's 9), and yes, I know that general knowledge is that the Golden Bears were no slouch. But let's all be brutally honest with one another -- there were a lot of people who had already begun trying to figure out what would happen when Coach K faced Rick Pitino in a Duke/Louisville second round matchup. Because a lot of people assumed this was Louisville's game, even though the Cards had the higher seed. Don't deny it. I have eyes. I have ears. And I heard a lot of chatter about it, as did you.

Unfortunately, though, the Cardinals were going to have to get past Cal yet. And Cal had a unique station this season, the role of secret agent. You see, the Pac-10, by and large, was not very good this year. In fact, it was only expected to net one Tourney bid, and that was expected to go to Cal, which had won the regular season handily and was expected to win the Pac-10 tournament just as handily. That didn't happen, and Washington edged Cal out in the Pac-10 tournament, grabbing themselves a bid and bringing the number of Pac-10 dancers to two. 

So no one east of the Mississippi had much reason to regard Cal as much of a threat. After all, they didn't win their conference and were rarely televised in the east this season. And perhaps that's why while most people had heard of Cal hero Jerome Randle, who became the school's all-time leading scorer this season, very few knew that Randle had a key backup man in Theo Robertson, who netted 21 points tonight in a stellar performance. Even Cal's center Max Zhang, who is from China and whom I assume to be approximately 5,000 feet tall, was swattin' tonight.

I'm not saying Pitino didn't know about these guys. I'm sure his scouts had him prepared. I'm just saying that on the whole, these guys weren't on the radar much of the season. And tonight they showed Louisville just how good they are. Did the Cards overlook them with an eye on the Blue Devils? We'll never know. Just as we'll never know the outcome of the hypothetical Duke/Louisville game. But Louisville never had the lead the entire game, was down as many as 18 in the first half and as many as 15 in the second half. They clearly didn't know what to do with the Bears. A frustrated Pitino even got himself slapped with a technical with about five minutes left to go. It would certainly seem that Louisville -- who has been top-notch lately -- wasn't prepared for something like this. 

Your result? Cal 77. Louisville 62 and the Golden Bears will try their luck against Duke on Sunday. Let's just hope Duke doesn't make the same mistake Louisville may have made tonight. You best do your homework against this Cal team, you hear?
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Cal, Louisville, South
 
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Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2010 5:26 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Cliche #452: The Overlooked Team

Congratulations to the fighting Gaels (Irish?) of St. Mary's.  The Big Bust Conference is now 4-5 for the tournament.  Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Louisville, and Villanova have all been bounced out of there.



Since: Mar 20, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 4:06 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Cliche #452: The Overlooked Team

After watching the "upset of St. Marys' over Villanova, My suspicion that  west coast Basketball is more competive not second rate to east coast basketball is playing out. As a fan I have have been mystified by this Idea that the west is not Competive on the national stage. The fact that the Pac 10 only had two bids is rediculous. St Marys has a tough time competing with Pac 10 teams yet Handled Villanova A completely overated #2 seed from the so called power conference Big east. The Big East Gets 8 bids based solely on the perception that there teams are tougher . Im telling you (ESPN, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED,ETC ) THE WEST plays basketball year in and year out as well as an region in the country. When Cal gives Duke everything it can handle tonight maybe the national sportswriters will finally figure out what the rest of us have known all year, The Big east is OVERATED and is not the benchmark the SELECTION COMMITEE should base there seeding on.
The Pac 10 Is a tough Conference with no slouches. Every Team is capable of beating the others. The homecourt advantage is truly an advantage. Unless You are a senior laden team you will not run the table on the road in this league.Washington and Cal are Prime Examples of this. Washington is one of the most talented yet youngest teams in the Conference and thus it took 1/2 the Pac 10 season for them to learn how to win on the road. Cal has more experience and it was able to win the title outright. Both teams are capable of making the sweet sixteen, something the Big east is struggling to do. Look What both teams did to there Big east counterparts. Enough said.



Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2010 3:51 am
 

NCAA Tournament Cliche #452: The Overlooked Team

Pac Ten - 2, Big Easy - 0



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2010 1:50 am
 

NCAA Tournament Cliche #452: The Overlooked Team

Before you say anything: yes, I'm aware that Cal Purdue was higher-seeded than Louisville Siena (8 to Louisville's 9 4 to Siena's 13 ), and yes, I know that general knowledge is that the Golden Bears Biolers were no slouch. But let's all be brutally honest with one another -- there were a lot of people who had already begun trying to figure out what would happen when Coach K faced Rick Pitino the Agies in a Duke/Louisville someone else second round matchup. Because a lot of people assumed this was Louisville's Siena's game, even though the Cards Boilers had the higher seed. Don't deny it. I have eyes. I have ears. And I heard a lot of chatter about it, as did you.

Unfortunately, though, the Cardinals Saints were going to have to get past Cal yet Purdue . And Cal Purdue had a unique station this season, the role of secret agent. You see, the Pac-10 B10 , by and large, was not very good this year. In fact, it was only expected to net one four tourney bids, and that was expected to go to Cal Purdue and OSU (amounst others) , which had won the regular season handily and was expected to win the Pac-10 B10 tournament just as handily. That didn't happen, and Washington Minnesotta edged Cal Purdue out in the Pac-10 B10 tournament, grabbing themselves a bid and bringing the number of Pac-10 B10 dancers to two five

So no one east or west of the Mississippi had much reason to regard Cal Purdue as much of a threat. After all, they didn't win their conference and were rarely televised in the east this season. And perhaps that's why while most people had heard of Cal Purdue hero Jerome Randle Robbie Hummel , who became the school's 28th all-time leading scorer this season, very few knew that Randle Hummel had a key backup man in Theo Robertson Jujaun Johnson , who netted 21 23 points tonight in a stellar performance. Even Cal's Purdue's center Max Zhang guard Chris Kramer , who is from China Indiana and whom I assume to be approximately 5,000 6 feet 3 inches tall, was swattin' tonight.

I'm not saying Pitino McCaffery didn't know about these guys. I'm sure his scouts had him prepared. I'm just saying that on the whole, these guys weren't on the radar much of the season. And tonight they showed Louisville Siena just how good they are. Did the Cards Saints overlook them with an eye on the Blue Devils? We'll never know. Just as we'll never might know the outcome of the hypothetical Duke/Louisville someone else game. But Louisville Siena never had the lead the entire game for very long , was down as many as 18 in the first half and as many as 15 in the second half. They clearly didn't know what to do with the Bears Boilers . A frustrated Pitino even got himself slapped with a technical with about five minutes left to go . It would certainly seem that Louisville Siena -- who has been top-notch lately -- wasn't prepared for something like this. 

Your result? Cal 77. Louisville 62 Purdue 72, Siena 64 and the Golden Bears Boilers will try their luck against Duke Texas A&M on Sunday. Let's just hope Duke Texas A&M doesn't make the same mistake Louisville Siena may have made tonight. You best do your homework against this Cal Purdue team, you hear? !
Just thought I would help out your post a bit...  Cal was not the uncalled for and simplely illogical underdog tonight.  Even the president was against us.  I hope we play you guys for the elite eight.  That would be fun.

Beat Duke!


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