We have The Pac-12 Pundit, Zack Rosenblatt, back on the Pod to monitor the bubble, dole out awards, knock on given awards, and discuss VEGAS VEGAS VEGAS. Let me tell you – this is a whole lot of Pod. There’s Wildcat love, Dawkins hate, Duck and Dana love, Bruin indifference, and some Tinkle adoration. We agree, disagree, laugh, and I don’t think anyone cried. Good season, we March on.
WANE (and on SoundCloud):
1:20 – We begin immediately with Utah losing to Washington
3:45 – Stanford is off the board: back to the library.
4:20 – Oregon 17-3 in last 20 games, Stanford 3-7 in last 10
4:45 – By the way ASU passes Stanford in the standings. Herb quietly having a great season in Tempe.
6:15 – Spencer gets sidetracked with NIT qualification talk, Adam quickly gets us back on track to the more important march tournament.
8:15 – UCLA, powerless in the at-large discussion, is being washed ashore by the bubble. Beat Arizona or bust.
9:50 – Disclaimer: We completely forgot that Stanford gave up the 5th seed to ASU.
10:15 – Adam wants to see UCLA/Arizona
10:30 – ZACH FIRST BREAKS THE CHRIS DUNN CURSE STORY ON #WANE!!!
12:35 – Clarification that Spencer was on hand for the 2003 Pac-10 tourney
13:45 – THAT WAS EXHILARATING THANK YOU ZACK
14:30 – Let’s be clear, Oregon is a lock. Watch out world.
15:45 – We finally get into CONFERENCE AWARDS
16:45 – CHRIS DUNN AND ALFRED ABOYA MENTIONED IN THE SAME EPISODE? And we say we’re not experts…
17:15 – Spencer claims that Dana Altman winning COY is a no brainer, and Adam and Zach immediately disagree.
18:15 – Ok so Sean Miller had quite a good case as well…
21:45 – Spencer: “Sean Miller was never eligible for this award”
24:20 – Josh Hawkinson seems to be a clear cut choice for most improved player. Stefan Nastic, Shawn Kemp Jr., Brandon Taylor don’t hold the same weight.
25:40 – Stanley Johnson is the no shit sherlock pick of the year.
26:15 – Was Rondae Hollis-Jefferson snubbed, three out of three wildcats think that he is the best defender in the conference. But GPII also makes sense.
30:00 – Kevin O’Neill is a fine television personality.
30:45 – Conference player of the year discussion begins. First, a philosophical set up as to “what is this award?”
32:05 – Adam takes a near exact approach (best player on a good enough team) to this award as KenPom, picks Delon Wright.
33:10 – Spencer says this award should go to the one person who best summarizes the entire conference season, and that this year it was T.J.
34:45 – Biggest sting to Arizona fan base: T.J. not eligible for Ring of Honor.
36:05 – Nick Johnson, Damien Lillard and Dorell Wright are all outraged.
36:45 – Regardless, hell of a year for Joseph Young.
37:20 – Consider this: Joseph Young wouldn’t start on Arizona.
38:20 – Spencer follows up Zack’s 5-man all-conference team by stealing four of the same guys and then trying to be different (special) on the 5th with the last guy and fails miserably, twice. #WANE.
39:45 – Zach calls Spencer’s Jacob Poeltl selection “crazy” and Spencer backs out of the discussion.
40:45 – The merits of the Pac-12 2nd team are questioned. Anthony Brown and Brandon Ashley should have at least been 2nd teamers.
43:25 – Spencer tries to re-enter the conversation with Askia Booker talk. Zach and Adam review the dumpster fire that was Colorado this season.
45:30 – From here on out, 15 minutes of mostly cats talk
47:00 – “Johnny (Dawkins) ruins everything”
47:30 – Kaleb got mean vs. Stanford. Adam reminds Spencer that his mom BUILT THEIR CABIN WITH HER BARE HANDS.
49:45 – Dat Rondae jumper doe.
52:15 – Obligatory “he touched the ball” comment
53:00 – We talk tournament plans
54:20 – We clear up the Stanford-not-actually-the-5-
56:45 – Obligatory mention of the time elapsed for this pod.
57:45 – We for whatever reason revisit the 2012 Pac-12 tournament final.
1:01:10 – Thank you for making it this far into our longest pod ever. Catch our live pod from the MGM pool on Friday.