Thursday, March 03, 2005

Huge win over OSU

(Photo credit: AP /Matt Sayles)

With the 69-61 win over OSU, Ben Howland and the UCLA basketball team came up with a huge win. We have a shot at third place, should Stanford lose to UW (as they likely will) and we take care of our business against the Ducks. Should those two events take place, Arizona would win the conference, UW would take second, and we would take third. We have clinched at least fourth.

(Photo credit: AP /Matt Sayles)

Freshman Arron Afflalo snapped a tie on a 3-pointer with 1:42 remaining and UCLA defeated Oregon State 69-61 Thursday night to shore up its bid for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Bruins (17-9) also helped their seeding in next week's Pac-10 tournament at Staples Center. Their third straight win moved them into a third-place tie with Stanford at 10-7. The Cardinal lost to Washington State 59-48 Thursday night.


Freshman Jordan Farmar led UCLA with 23 points and assisted on Afflalo's 3-pointer that put the Bruins ahead for good. Dijon Thompson added 18 points and Afflalo had 12 points and nine rebounds.


The Bruins were 19-of-22 from the free throw line in the second half, which made up for their 37 percent field-goal shooting.

It will obviously take more than a win over the Beavers to make the East Coast MSM scribbler-wankers stand up and take notice. After all, a win on national TV over a team from the big, bad Big East wasn't enough.

But hey, let the haters keep hating. Coach Howland has done a phenomenal job, and from this point, each win continues to surpass our reasonable expectations. And sooner or later, the play on the court will speak for itself. The juxtaposition with Karl Dorrell couldn't be more clear.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to watch the Pac 10 tourney, although hopefully, I'll get a chance to watch Saturday's game. But don't feel too bad for your humble pajama-wearing friend, as I'll be taking in some of the finer sights of the Caribbean.

Later. And go Bruins.

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