Let's open with the basketball team that lost two very close games on the road in the Bay Area. What can you say, the team plays hard, they make freshmen mistakes, they don't have a true point guard, and they have lost more than their share of close one's in their first trip through the Pac Ten. WSU in Pullman is up next and the Cougars are looking like a team that can do some damage this March. Hard to believe the reversal of fortune this year as the WSU program is finally back afte taking around twenty years off.
What can Romar do to turn this all around?
I think they need to keep taking their lumps and wait for a true point guard to enroll. I like Pondexter as the small forward, and he has looked impressive, but the loss of Brandon Roy who could run the team from any spot on the floor is one they won't over come. I have been harping about the loss of Joel Smith to injury this season and if he can come back for the second half this will be a different team.
Let's face it, they aren't terrible, just not good enough to win against quality Pac Ten opponents since the conference season started. There is still hope if they can get on a run.
Pac Ten Power Ratings
9. Oregon State
10. Arizona State
Oregon beats Arizona
Aaron Brooks banked a shot over two defenders with 2 seconds left to give Oregon a 79-77 victory over Arizona on Sunday night. Brooks finished with 21 points to lead the Ducks (16-1, 4-1 Pac-10) to their second victory over a Top 10 team in eight days. Oregon beat then-No. 1 UCLA on Jan. 6. Oregon is hot, red hot, and while this team is ayear or two late from arriving they have finally put it together and are the best team in the Pac Ten so far this year. Beating a very good Wildcat team on the road was a statement maker for the Ducks's. It looks like Ernie Kent who was on the hotseat to begin the year won't be going anywhere soon.
Thoughts from the Weekend
Did anyone watch the Seahawk's lose to the Bear's on Sunday? Talk about grasping defeat from victory. To bad for this current team because in the Not For Long League their core players are starting to move past their primes. This was a crippled team that got farther than most expected this year. The rash of injuries really kept them from their potential this year, still they made it interesting taking the superior Bear's to the last tick.
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