01.Mar.2016 Oregon State @ USC
Thread is going up a day early because of how important the game is (doubt anyone wants to discuss anything but hoops right now). Since the thread is up so early, feel free to discuss anything, just don’t post youtube links and clutter things up until after the game!.
Regarding whether the Beavs are in or not, I see it like this:
1 road win: possible.
2 road wins: definite
1 road win/1+ pac-12 wins: probable
0 road wins, 2 wins in pac-12 tournament: probably fall short, but some hope
I think the Beavs have a story working for them (not being in it in 26 years) that could work in their favor because it makes them an automatic Cinderella story, and we know this tournament is all about that. Yay for futility? That’s why I think with just 1 more win it is possible.
Big picture, though, even if they don’t make the NCAA: the NIT is tangible improvement in just year 2. A lot of dead weight graduates — Payton will be the only real loss, but the incoming players look good and can probably replace his numbers, if not his disruption.
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