Well, they can’t take it back now. Tis a beautiful sight to see. Is there any handsomer man than Greg Anthony? Come here, you. Everyone gets man hugs tonight!
I admit I may have, uh, had a couple of uncertain moments this season. And hey, let’s face it, there were some rough patches. But they shaped up when it mattered and did just enough to make the tournament. They proved the doubters (me among them) wrong. Good for them. I tip my cap.
Now, about that matchup. A tenth seed, huh…I feel like they could have been higher. They face seventh-seed Cal on Thursday. Cal is a good team out of the Pac-10, but not exactly a world beater. Their biggest wins, over Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington, came in a four-game stretch of their schedule back in early January, and they have lost four of their last six, so they’re not exactly peaking at the right time. Still, they’re no creampuff. They’ve got size with a 6′ 8″ forward in Jamal Boykin and a seven-footer in Jordan Wilkes (son of former Lakers center Jamal Wilkes, if you remember him). They also have a 7’3″ center from China, Max Zhang, but he seems like more of a circus-style novelty. In addition to the size, they shot a Pac-10-best 43.4% from three-point range this year, so they could shoot over a zone if we played one. Jerome Randle is their leading scorer with 18.4 points per game.
So they could pose some matchup problems, but considering that the other seven seeds are Boston College, Texas, and Clemson, I’d say we got a pretty fair deal. And hey, if this game goes anything like the football team’s game against Cal, we could be in for a stomach-emptyingly good time. For the time being, I’m just going to forget that the Cal-Maryland winner will probably face Memphis, which could be a dark horse to win the whole thing.
So there you have it. Best of luck to the Terps this Thursday in Kansas City. Woo-hoo!