||UCLA coach Steve Lavin:
Regular season?! Regular season?! With two more wins, he proves a couple timely Ws are all a team needs.
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Two Words For You:
Nothing screws up a perfectly good Bubble like
conference-tournament upsets. "At-large" contenders
want it both ways: Upsets for themselves, chalk
everywhere else. The Pac-10 ain't playing that way.
Indulge this fantasy: Overnight
nationwide Cinderella sensation UCLA springboards from
Thursday's monster upset over national No. 1 Arizona
to win Pac-10 tournament title (and automatic
Big Dance ticket) ...
'Zona clings to No. 1 seed (barely, he said
begrudgingly -- read on) ...
Bruins' awful RPI (156 at last glance) justifies
slotting UCLA into a No. 16 seed, where a Selection Committee with a sense of humor
matches them up with, yes, Arizona (technically,
intraleague matchups can't happen in the first two
rounds, but let it go -- it's a fantasy) ...
Having proven they can do it a week earlier, the
fearless, nothing-to-lose Bruins pull the first
16-over-1 upset ever ...
This is the crazy, pulse-quickening
speculation that emerges in the wild 72 hours
before the brackets come out.
Arizona No. 1?
Lute Olson, save it: Maybe your
conference-tournament bashing was just a hedge in case
your "No. 1" 'Cats would choke.
Common sense: A Big Dance No. 1 seed "lock"
shouldn't lose in the conference quarterfinals. For
clearing the bar for underperformance by a top-ranked
team, Arizona should be smacked by the
Selection Committee down to a 2 seed.
March's wildest finish yet: Up two,
Kansas State intercepted a last-second Colorado
desperation heave, then started the traditional
||"ANY EXCUSE TO GIVE SHOUT-OUT TO HUBIE" EDITION
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE IN PLAY:|
1. Kings' MVP? Divac. W/o him, Sacto crushed by Suns|
2. Calipari vs. Pitino today: Battle of bad NBA coaches
3. Anyone know who Jaromir Jagr has in his bracket?
|CONVERSATION TOPICS THAT ARE SO OVER:|
1. MLB players in '04 Olympics: Bad timing|
2. Minnesota's Bubble: Gotta love 'dog Northwestern
3. Where's Gene Bartow: UAB derails Marquette 'wagon
around the court, ball in hand. Too bad there was a second left on the clock. Thanks
to the walking violation (see DQ'ed), the Buffs got a
new shot, which turned into a you-didn't-call-bank 3
for the miracle win.
Looking good: Indiana (crushed Penn
State), Oregon (beat Arizona State) ... In a whole lot of
hurt: Minnesota (lost to Northwestern), Alabama (lost
to Vandy) ... Still in limbo: LSU (would help to
beat Florida), Boston College (must beat Pitt),
mid-majors (rooting against UCLA, USC).
MLB's discipline czar said punishment from the
Piazza-Mota melee would be dished out early next week.
Stemming baseball's "macho complex" culture of
retaliation will take more than a few suspensions.
But MLB has a more immediate issue on its
hands: the Mets and Dodgers meet in Mexico City
this weekend. (Mota ain't no dummy; he's staying
If I was Bud Selig: I'd get the message to both
teams that if there's even a sniff of a clash,
offenders will sit for 30 days.
Uecker to Hall
In simpler, less scantily-clad times, before
beer ads were about "Cat Fights," they were about
catch phrases. The classic "I must be in the front
row!" helped catapult Bob Uecker into the
broadcasters' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame
And if you didn't know him for that: You knew
him for "Juuuust a bit outside!" from the movie "Major
League." Maybe baseball should create an "ads and
movies" wing. (First class: Robert Redford, Kevin
||Kansas State goat Pervic Pasco:
You hate to do this to a college kid, but he's the one who caught Colorado's long pass and traveled with it, setting up CU's miracle 3.
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Today's "Alt-Tab": Big Ten, SEC, ACC tourneys all
afternoon. Plus, small-league madness: American
vs. Holy Cross, SF Austin vs. Sam Houston St ...|
You know it's March when: LeBron's team makes Ohio
elite eight, no one cares ...
It's not the Lakers who must win in Minnesota
tonight; the T'WOLVES must win to show they are a
serious playoff team ...
Prediction: Kordell Stewart's Bears jersey will be the
NFL's top seller this year ...
Say Ouch: Junior Seau says he's done in San Diego ...
C-Week Picks: Taking 'Zona and Marquette to win league tournaments (oops) underscores a key
lesson for picking the Big Dance: Fortune favors the