Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Cougar Killers

Well, with about a week left until the Madness begins, I thought it might be a good blog topic for us to debate what teams we could beat, and what teams would send us packing back to the Palouse for a long, long, long summer...And, to do it BEFORE the brackets are released.

Consider this a template for you all to NOT use when filling out your own bracket. Brinkhater has been anything but a soothsayer when it comes to Bracketology over the past say, 15 years (but in the 80's, I was MON-AY).

Here's one guy that I would love to see us play against, but would send us home in a hurry:

Yep, Ty Lawson would KILL us much in the same way that he and the Heels ran SC out of the gym in the second half of last year's game in the Sweet 16. But honestly, if we're going to go out (which we will at some point), I hope it's against one of the giants.

But first, the teams that I think we would (or should) beat:

Tennessee (can we contain Lofton, yes!)

Memphis (can we keep them on the perimeter, yes!)


Duke (this would be a real push, but we'd HAVE to beat ratface)

Georgetown (would've beaten em last year too)

Stanford (we're gonna beat em sometime, aren't we???)


Notre Dame




Michigan State

Indiana (we would've gon 35-0 in the Big Ten)
Kansas State

Teams that Would Send us Packing

North Carolina






Vanderbilt (again)


West Virginia (I HATE Hugs--Bob that is)

Kentucky (look out)

Texas A&M

We'll be back tomorrow for our quick prediction about how we will beat the Quack 3 straight times and send them packing to the NIT.

Sorry Quackers, your bubble will be burst in about 36 hours.


kaddy said...

I'm a little worried about getting a 5 seed, then playing Davidson at 12, since a 12 usually beats a 5. I don't claim to know much about Davidson, however, just that others have said you don't want to play them.

You think Xavier would beat us? Why? Not disagreeing, just curious.

smallball said...

Usually a 12 beats a 5? It actually only happens about 25% of the time, but it always gets the most attention because there is usually one 12 that beats a 5. But your odds are still greatly in your favor if you are the 5. I'd take a 5 in a heart-beat!

Xavier is really, really good. And they are more tourney-tested than even our magical seniors. They were a missed FT and a 3 at the horn from knocking out Ohio State last year. As much as I love our Cougs, I don't think I'd hesitate picking X over WSU.

I think we're looking at a major surge by the mid-major teams this year. That's easy to say when you see Butler or Xavier playing so well, but I think they will seriously crash the party this year.

Sedihawk said...

The Texas schools might be teams we could beat. Particularly A & M. I don't know about Texas though. They are awfully talented! And I don't know jack about Davidson. I know they are a lot of experts "sexy" pick for a lower-level team making an impact.

"smallball", (or is it longball??) good point on Xavier. They did have their foot on tOSU, but they didn't close the deal. Who knows, you get them in a tight game in the tourney and maybe the ghost of the '07 collapse makes an appearance? AND HELL YEAH, I'll take a 5!

AtlantaCoug said...

Of all the potential #1 seeds, Memphis is the one we could beat. They don't shoot freethrows well, they don't play halfcourt style (or have not needed to). I think we could frustrate them.

The path to the Sweet sixteen is all about the matchups.

atlantacoug said...

PS: Sedihawk, you guys need to add a 'counter' so I can make a post and it will say "Atlantacoug posted #106 times" etc... That way I could feel superior to 1 time random posters...And validate my billable hours lost at work.

kaddy said...

David Mim(?) from was on 1080 The Fan down here today. He apparently has a better record of picking seeds than Lunardi does from ESPN. He has the Cougs as a 4. He said our road record is great, and there are no home games in the tournament.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I think a matchup with Davidson bodes very well for us. Genrally we do well against smaller level schools, I think, becuase they lack the athleticism that usually triumphs over us. Now Davidson is led by super player Stephen Curry, who avergaes 25.1 ppg. Shut down him and you're home free (their 3rd leading scorer averages 7.8 ppg. Noticing a lack of even distribution here. Put Kyle on Curry and see how he plays against big time defenders.

Another thing in our favor is the fact that Davidson lacks a rebounding machine that will overpower Aron. They're top rebounder sits at 5.8, with a couple others in the 5 range. That will be very good for Aron and Robbie who have a slight height advantage over all of the Davidson squad.

Frankly, I would love to play a smaller school and, while I don't know a ton about Xavier (ASU sure pounded them), smaller schools would be my preference in the tournament, regardless of how highly touted they are.