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March 18, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Wednesday night links/picks

So did you know that the term March Madness was invented in Seattle? Legend has it it was first used for the 1984 Final Four at the Kingdome. Anyway, nine hours now until it starts, so a few links to pass the time until then. …
— We have all kinds of coverage of tomorrow’s game available here.
— Included is a good column from Jerry Brewer who says to let Venoy Overton be who he is.
— My main story focused on Justin Dentmon and the need for UW’s guards to get back to being aggressive and getting better shots.
— The notebook led off with the news that Joe Wolfinger is almost certain to give up his final year of eligibility at UW and transfer to a lower-division school where he could play more and play immediately. Wolfinger has played 92 minutes total this year, down from 248 last season, and just nine in Pac-10 play.
— And here’s the expanded preview box with some nuts and bolts info on the game.
— Here are all the quotes from today’s podium sessions for UW and MSU players and coaches.
Ryan White of The Oregonian examines whether local fans will root for or against UW.
— The Oregonian also has lots of tournament stuff here.
— The Jackson Clarion-Ledger, still MIssissippi’s No. 1 web site, has this feature on MSU PG Dee Bost as well as three reasons the Bulldogs could win Thursday and three reasons they could lose.
— The Clarion-Ledger notebook includes an item on UW guard Elston Turner Jr., whose father played at Mississippi.
— The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has an item on UW guard Scott Suggs, a Missouri native, indicating he sees a bright future at Washington.
— Here’s a good look at the regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week that includes UW’s Isaiah Thomas.
— The Sporting News has this look at Lorenzo Romar and the matchup with MSU.
— The AP says Thomas has nothing to complain about concerning his touches or shots.
A FEW PICKS
I’ll continue with Pac-10 picks for teams in the NCAA Tournmament.
WASHINGTON VS. MISSISSIPPI STATE — My preview box listed above contains my pick on this game, which is UW 85, MSU 78. It’s a scary game for the Huskies as MSU is not your average 13-seeded team. But I just think UW has a better variety of offensive firepower and a pace that will wear down the Bulldogs, who played four games in four days last weekend to get to this point.
UCLA VS. VCU — I’ve gone back and forth on this one, but UCLA PG Darren Collison says he’s ready to go, and the Bruins may thrive in feeling like they are almost an underdog in this one. UCLA 71, VCU 65.
CAL VS. MARYLAND — Another game I really went back and forth on. But Cal has lost four of six and just doesn’t seem to be playing as well as it was earlier in the year while Maryland, despite a few losses, has been playing pretty well of late, including wins over both North Carolina and Wake Forest in the last months. MARYLAND 74, CAL 67.

Comments | Topics: Scott Suggs, top 25, UCLA

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