Let's go with another hoops post. Why not? The number 1 team in America (I will never get tired of writing that) is in action tomorrow night. Diane left us with this teaser at the end of her Oakland 'game report':
The 6-4 Bearkats are actually a pretty decent team. At least, at this point in time, they are leading the West division of "Southland" conference. SHS is averaging a pretty hefty 77.5 points a game (while giving up 67.6 points a game), which is not exactly "nice and slow". They are coming off a tough OT loss against UCI. Their other 3 losses came against a decent (7-1) Southern Miss. squad (86-94), and two Big-12 teams [Oklahoma State (67-86) and Texas Tech (64-79)].
Here is CBS Sportsline:
It will be interesting to see if the `Kats, like recent Bruin opponents, come into this game with a concerted strategy focused on slowing down the game. Let's hope the Bruins will not overlook the Bearcats, looking ahead to this weekend's big game against Michigan. Reading from AA's comments, it sounds like at least the team's emotional leader is aware how they have to be ready for opponent's adrenaline, who come in all fired up to play the number 1 team in the nation:
"We realize it gives opponents an incentive to play hard against us," Afflalo said. We have to find a way to fight off an opponent's adrenaline at the start of the game, and once we get through the first part of the game ourselves we tend to settle down.
Again, one thing that will help our players is good crowd support. Once again, we appeal to all of our students who live in Southern California, and are not too far from Pauley, to get their a$$es to Pauley. Go to this game. It shouldn't be that hard to get student tickets. And given the fact that now finals are over and done with, and you all have no excuses for not showing up at this game in huge numbers. We know there will be a huge crowd for the Wolverines this Saturday, but let's help the team get ready for Saturday by helping them set the right tone tomorrow night.
It should be exciting action for anyone who loves UCLA basketball or likes watching a sound, fundamental well-coached elite college basketball team with great athletes, marching on to yet another victory. Unless, of course, you happen to be some bitter, hater traditional sports writer for some local newspaper, who, for some inexplicable reason, loathes your job of writing about a great game, you should show up for fun Ben Ball action at Pauley.
More on this game tomorrow.