So did I hear this right? The announcers last night called it the "Historic" McKeon Pavilion a few times. I've been a huge fan of the Zags for over a decade now, but alas I'm not from the West Coast so I don't know the conference all that well outside of recent years. Whats so "historic" about it? They haven't won a WCC outright since '89. They have done nothing special in the WCC. I can see calling SF important because they have won a championshp. You can say LMU of the late 80s to 90s was arguably the best teams the WCC ever saw with Gather, Kimble and Craven, averaging over a hundred points a game. I say arguably because Gonzaga is awesome and I refuse to put them down, ever. St. Mary's is like a comet. It's important, shocking and nice to watch and makes an impression for awhile, but as soon as it appears, it fades away just like their basketball teams chances of making the NCAA tourney.
Secondly, St. Mary's needs to really talk to their cheer leading and dance departments. Those girls were fugly. I think SF and Oak should make a trip over to SMC and see about signing some offensive linemen. There had to be at least two of them pushing a buck fifty, that's 150 just in case. It's amusing at first to see them, but after laughing and the pain in your abdomen subdues, you have to watch them for the rest of them game and it's just painful.
Lastly, I know it's been mentioned more than a few times and with the risk of being overly redundant, I'm going to mention it again. The emergence of Sam Dower and Marquise Carter has been huge for this team. Dower missed only one shot from the field and scored I think 21 points in roughly 22 mins and was perfect from the stripe especially late in the game. Carter was guarded well in the first and didn't score, but came out firing on all cylinders in the second. He hit a huge a huge 3 to tie the game with around a min left. With these two guys getting more time and more confidence, I really think we could make a good run in the NCAA tourney. That being said, we need to keep up our strong play, work to defended the 3's, SMC just caught fire going somewhere just south of 50% from 3 so it wasn't all the Zags fault, and beat the crap out of SD tomorrow.
Any thoughts and let's go Zags. 11 Straight WCC regular season championships occurs tomorrow!