View Full Version : Bud Wither's Column

03-16-2008, 08:59 AM
This was a comment in column today that I totally agree with!

Q: Shouldn't Selection Sunday be a national holiday?

A: No, but how about the first two days of the tournament? :D

The rest of his NCAA preview column can be found here (http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2004285248_budnational16.html).

03-16-2008, 09:11 AM
I liked his description of our "seven-day bender:"

Q: Where can we expect to see Gonzaga and WSU?

A: Gonzaga bruised itself with the loss to San Diego, but figures to be a No. 7, perhaps even a 6. The Zags beat Virginia Tech, St. Joseph's and Connecticut the first in Alaska, the last two on the road in a post-Thanksgiving, seven-day bender. All may make the tournament.

As for the Cougars, it looks like a No. 5, possibly a 6, with a decent shot of going to Denver. The committee will like the fact WSU won six Pac-10 road games, and nobody besides North Carolina has exceeded the Cougars' total of 15 neutral- and road-floor wins.

03-16-2008, 09:21 AM
Bud knows an anomaly when he sees one.

Many of these would be the same zebras we see in the WCC

Q: What's up with these Pac-10 refs?
A: You'll see some in the NCAA tournament; they'll be the ones wearing out whistles. Centuries ago, a high priest is believed to have handed down a manifesto to the conference and decreed that athletic competition should be conducted with the majesty of a performance of Swan Lake the less contact, the better. For some reason, it's been the credo for decades both in basketball and football a Times study a few years ago showed the Pac-10 as regularly the league with the most penalties in football.
Swallow the whistles, fellas. Except when Ryan Anderson (California) is getting pistol-whipped on an inbounds play at UCLA.


03-16-2008, 11:49 AM
Bud's forgetting WKU and Georgia (what an amazing thing to play and win 2 games in 1 day).both will be in. WKU's already in!! GO ZAGS!!!