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November 22, 2008 at 10:25 AM

No. 7 Cal upsets No. 3 Rutgers; fromer Sonics fire P.J. Carlesimo

CalAlexis.jpgLots of eye-popping news on the Web today. OK, the Sonics, er, Oklahoma City Thunder dropping coach P.J. Carlesimo after a 1-12 start isn’t exactly “surprising,” but given all the mumbo jumbo about him teaching a young squad and already making it through a 20-win season unscathed (remember this is the NBA, not college were 20 wins is a benchmark), I figured he’d be safe for another year. After all, the only thing that has really changed is the location. The team, full of cool people, still isn’t built to compete. But Carlesimo gets the ax and so does former Mercury coach Paul Westhead.
I thought No. 18 Arizona State might be able to sneak into the state and add more misery to their hoop fans by defeating No. 2 Oklahoma, but the Sooners disposed of the Sun Devils pretty easily in a 70-57 victory. Senior center Courtney Paris, who should be the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, finished with 19 points and 20 rebounds for Oklahoma.
That left the No. 7 Cal Bears and unranked Hartford as the only teams to pull a real upset. No. 6 Duke was defeated by Hartford 53-51 while California collected a 66-52 win against No. 3 Rutgers on Friday. The Bears remained undefeated at 3-0 behind junior G Alexis Gray-Lawson’s 25 points and nine boards in the win. (She’s pictured right by the Associated Press)
Guess it’s a good time to tell you that I’ll be traveling to the Paradise Jam (on my own dime) to catch the Bears, Baylor, Texas Tech, and host of other schools play. I’m dragging the computer along because I doubt I’ll be able to contain myself with these squads playing. So look for posts from the beach in the upcoming week. Games are Nov. 27-29, to be exact.

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