Quick Conference Tourney Evaluations

Pac-10: UCLA does what’s expected and Cal is unable to wreak some form of revenge for last weekend’s bullshit call and equally BS circus shot by Josh Shipp. Bruins bury the Bears under an avalanche of three balls, and move on to face USC, who was the beneficiary of another BS call by Pac-10 refs on an over the back foul that didn’t exist late against Arizona State. Davon Jefferson hit the free throws to ice it on top of O.J. Mayo’s 23 points.

(Video via FanHouse.)

The other semi will give us Stanford playing Wazzu, after the Cardinal hopefully put Arizona out of its misery and Wazzu probably sent Ernie Kent packing and looking for a new job (judging by the responses I got last time from the Duck faithful when I wrote about Kent a few weeks back.) The four Pac-10 teams left are automatic entries in the tourney. If the committee must choose a fifth, I’d go with ASU. Arizona is entirely underachieving and undeserving.

More after the jump….

Big East: Marquette gets to its first tourney semi ever by beating the Irish by 10 (and it’s the day I get the SI with the feature on Luke Harangoudy, too) and they’ll line up with Pitt, who upset Louisville in the OT. After taking care of business against Villanova, Georgetown will get a shot at West Fucking by God Virginia, whose Joe Alexander torched UConn for 34 points and a dunk that made Bill Raftery damn near cream himself.

(Thanks, AA…apparently, white men CAN jump.)

I sincerely hope WVU gets in — the tourney isn’t the same without Bob Huggins sweating on the sidelines.

ACC: Miami makes its case by getting the early win over NC State, while Boston College puts another underachieving Gary Williams-led Maryland team out of its misery. Our sympathies are with THE U here.

SEC: Bye bye, Gators — ‘Bama wrecks ’em by 10. Vanderbilt takes care of business against Auburn, and Ole Miss just played itself out of the NCAAs by coming back against Georgia only to lose in OT.

Big 12: Sean Sutton beats Pat Knight in the Nepotism Special. Baylor done went and fucked itself by losing in two OTs to the pathetic excuse for a basketball team that is the CU Buffs, and Texas A&M gets by Iowa State in preparation to truly shit the bed against a team that can play some.

Big 10: Not worth bothering with — none of the teams who played yesterday will actually make the tournament.

Other Games Of Note: Memphis keeps rolling over Tulsa, Xavier gets tougher while smashing Dayton’s hopes, UMass chokes against Charlotte, and UNLV edges out a squeaker on TCU by a point.

Photo: AP/Kevork Djansezian

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