08.Mar.2011 Basketball: Pac-10 Tournament (OSU vs Stanford)
As many of you know on Wednesday evening the Beavers will take on Stanford at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. For those unfamiliar with the seeding and rules, here they are:
- The top six teams get first-round byes.
- The bottom four teams play each other (7th place vs 10th place, 8th place vs 9th place) the first night of the tournament.
- The winners of the games will play the top two seeds (1st place vs 8/9 winner, 2nd place vs 7/10 winner).
- The other second round matchups will be the 3rd place team vs. the 6th place team, and the 4th place team vs the 5th place team.
- Semifinal matchups will be the winner of the 1 vs. 8/9 game against the winner of the 4/5 game, and the winner of the 2 vs. 7/10 game against the winner of the 3/6 game.
This team lost the fan base months ago, so there's very little buzz about this game, but the die hards will be tuning in hoping for a couple upsets–there's that pesky word again. After it became clear (during the out of conference schedule) that the Beavers had a bad squad with poor leadership, all I wanted was them to incrementally improve throughout the season, so that come the tournament we'd have a reason for excitement. Instead, they are playing arguably their worst ball of the season.
Which leaves us in a predicament: many fans are conflicted over rooting for the Beavs to win (because, well, they love the Beavs) and rooting for the Beavs to be blown out so Craig Robinson gets run out of town. Most will probably root for the former because they know Oregon State is poor and won't hire another coach for two years. Either way, the stakes are lose/lose. So why watch? Well, I am a masochistic die hard. Likely, so are you. If nothing else tune in to watch the absurdity and laughs.
Anyway, I'm not going to throw out any predictions on this one. I'm done trying to understand schizophrenia. Instead, let's turn the tide and let you guys take a shot at predicting the outcome. Winner gets a virtual pat on the back, a "thumbs up", and a letter of recommendation for Oregon State's nonexistent sport's psychologist position.
Stream: Check justin.tv after tipoff