Never underestimate the bubble team. They are focused. They are determined. And, if they're anything like Washington, they refuse to go gentle into that good night.
Earlier today, we mentioned that Cal could be stepping into a trap if Washington -- one of the most formidable defenses in the Pac-10 -- was ready to stop them. At the half, Cal supertar (and current leading scorer in the school's history) Jerome Randle looked lost with four points. So I'd call that a big yes. As a result, Washington beats down Cal 79-75.
Washington's Isaiah Thomas, who is rumored to have gained his name when his father lost a wager on a 1989 Pistons-Lakers playoff game, received a text before the game from his namesake which allegedly read "Go get 'em little Isaiah." So he did. Thomas split duties with Quincy Pondexter, the former with 16 points and the latter with 18, to take down the regular season champs (and #1 seed) and prove what a motivator the bubble can be.
To be fair, it was never easy for the Huskies in a blink-and-the-score changes type of game, with Cal still alive in the final ten seconds as Randle stood shooting free throws at the 77-74 mark, making one and missing one before his own lane violation handed the ball back to the Huskies. And the rest is Pac-10 tournament history.
So the Huskies are dancing. And Cal, still likely a good shot for a bid with its regular season title, has to wait till tomorrow to see what happens. Tonight, all they know is that you don't underestimate the bubble team.