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March 16, 2009 at 7:40 AM

Stanford wins Pac-10 tourney title, awaits “Selection Monday”

VanDerveer.jpgStanford coach Tara VanDerveer has too much class. After leading her Cardinal to their sixth Pac-10 tournament title, defeating teams by an average of 27.3 points, VanDerveer (pictured right by the Associated Press) proclaimed that the conference has “gotten us ready for the NCAA tournament.”
Say what? The conference was a bad mix of the walking wounded and clueless youngsters. And I feel most for Southern California. Watching senior Camille LeNoir fight back tears after the 89-64 loss to Stanford on Sunday was rough. Remember her sophomore/freshmen teams? Man, if everyone would have stayed healthy, including Brynn Cameron’s hip surgeries, that team would have really gotten Stanford ready for the tourney.
Not that the No. 2 Cardinal aren’t the type of team that can take on undefeated Connecticut and shine. Stanford has the size and depth, but is lacking in the defensive quickness, which is needed for 40 minutes at all positions in order to top the No. 1 Huskies. The Cardinal sliced through the season, ridding a current 16-game win streak, with their pro style, too, however. It’s the same type of basketball artistry that UConn displays every time they step on the court.
I know folks are talking about a weaker non-conference schedule and the Pac-10 did not do Stanford any favors, but I hope the NCAA selection committee sees that this is a matchup that has to happen this season — should both teams advance.
We’ll see soon. ESPN already isn’t projecting Stanford as a top seed, going with UConn, Maryland, Duke, and Oklahoma instead. Stanford is a predicted No. 2 seed, playing in San Diego against Texas-San Antonio. (In Seattle, we’re not expected to get Gonzaga as the Bulldogs have been shifted to LA as a 12-seed following all of the upsets on Sunday)
The station will carry the unveiling of the brackets beginning at 4 p.m.

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