While the Power Rankings are getting harder and harder to build, the Dunk Contest (and even parts of the skills competition) were chalk full of Pac-12 representation. And its less about who won the subjective award, but more about ohmahgawd what’d he just do moments. There was plenty of it (and Oregon got swept in the Bay).
Alas, we find ourselves with co-leaders heading into the homestretch and I find myself in sub-zero temperatures in Boston, MA. I watched a lot of movies over the long weekend.
WARNING: The following is an image of a human being who had leapt from the ground, propelled by only the strength of his own devices. For contextual reference, the orange, cylinder his eyes are fixated upon stand 10-feet (3.05 meters) above the ground he took off from:
In unrelated news, the Wildcats swept the LA schools at home and find themselves tied atop the conference.
In conference play, Stanford is shooting below 30% from three point range. That’s the worst in the conference. Considering that it is their average, one would assume that output on a given night. Not Saturday night. With the Ducks in town the Cardinal made 9 of 13 (69%) and handed the Ducks their second consecutive loss (because, yanno, Cal has NBA talent and just might be figuring out how to use it). Long story short? 1.19 points per Bay Area weekend possession isn’t going to cut it defensively. Furthermore, Oregon plays three consecutive home games before the conference’s final weekend. Things are still looking pretty damn good for Dana’s team.
If you can get past the soaring LaVine, you’ll see Andre Miller!
You might also have missed what Utah did to poor Washington State, an 88-47 destruction. Woof.
Since Ty Wallace’s injury (and now return), Sam Singer has a 1.3 assist-to-FGA ratio. In those seven games that’s 37 assists (5.3 per game). I’m not sure this ratio has ever really been looked at before but the point I’m making is that when you have a team with two NBA players and two wings shooting 37%-or-better (Jordan Matthews shoots 45% from distance) then you let the guy willing to not have the ball get it to them in successful places.
But if we’re showing dunks, we can’t not link:
You’re going to hear it on every broadcast discussing this year’s NCAA tournament: This is a weird year in CBB. But that doesn’t make winning any less valuable. It possibly devalues the idea of a “quality win” but so long as you fill the left column, you’re doing something right. That’s what Colorado did this weekend – they just won – beating the Washingtons at home by a combined 2 points. The Cougars took the Buffs to overtime for their nearest taste of victory since actually winning a game in early January (against UCLA).
I hate dropping them this far in the rankings because this is easily one of the three best teams in the Conference. That said, they lost to one of the three worst and that’s not what three bests do.
At 6-7 with 5 games to play, the Beavers have a fighters chance at a 9-9 conference record. That would be their best conference record since 1993 when only GP2 was alive.
Spencer notes Washington’s impending death in the podcast on a number of occasions. He often seems convinced of it and this weekend seemed to be a step towards answering the when question. The Dawgs are a fine squad but the college basketball season is a marathon and not a sprint (which is not an analogy for their style of play). They’ve now dropped three straight and five of seven.
As noted above, the Cardinal had their finest shooting performance of the season Saturday against Oregon.
The Devils are 4-9 and a local columnist thinks the season has a chance to be “special.”
And here is a GIF that describes almost getting that win at Colorado…but not: