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Everybody is 0-0!

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The Pac-12 basketball regular season concluded Saturday, with Oregon beating USC to claim an outright Pac-12 title. You will recall that Oregon conducted an extensive search after firing Ernie Kent, and was turned down by a handful of coaches before they settled on Dana Altman. Things seem to have worked out alright for the Ducks, as long as we all ignore the embarrassing off-court shenanigans that didn't get as much traction as they probably should have.

In WSU-related matters, Colorado finished in sole possession of fifth place. With the top four teams receiving first-round byes, the Buffaloes face the last place team. I don't think I need to tell you who that is. If there is one glimmer of hope among the black hole of sadness that has been WSU Basketball this season, it's that WSU played Colorado more competitively than it did any other opponent.

Only four of WSU's 17(!!!) conference losses this season were by single digits. Washington beat the Cougs by four in overtime early in the season and by eight (it wasn't nearly that close) to end the season. The only other games WSU managed to keep close were the two against Colorado. WSU, as a three point underdog, lost a close 75-70 game at home in late January. A few weeks later, WSU lost a game it should have won in Boulder due to both more inept coaching and a borderline miracle Colorado three-pointer.

So if you're looking for a reason to believe in an upset, there's that. The game will tip off on Wednesday afternoon, 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Washington-Stanford game.

Basketball

WSU to face Colorado in Pac-12 tournament on Wednesday | The Spokesman-Review
Washington State got just about the best opening matchup it could have hoped for.

Pac-12 basketball: Power ratings, NCAA thoughts and UCLA's demise under Steve Alford - College Hotline
Comment: Even worse than being 1-19 against RPI top-100 opponents. Only a few losses were close. So much work to do.

Baseball

I listened to a bit of the WSU baseball game Saturday afternoon, and was surprized to hear Matt Chazanow behind the microphone. Poor Matt. It's bad enough that he had to witness all that carnage on the basketball court. Now he is tasked with describing what is looking like a pretty rough baseball season. WSU blew leads of 4-0 and 7-4 Saturday, and now needs a victory on Sunday in order to salvage a series split with Utah Valley. Utah Valley is located in Orem, home of WSU basketball legend Cameron Johnson.

Cougars Held Off By Utah Valley in 11 Innings, 10-9 - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Washington State baseball dropped an 11-inning contest 10-9 to Utah Valley University in the third game of the series at Bailey-Brayton Field Saturday afternoon. The series-finale is set for Noon, Sunday.

Football

Pac-12 mailbag: Ranking head coaching jobs
Ranking Pac-12 jobs: 1. USC 2. Oregon 3. Stanford 4. Washington 5. UCLA 6. Arizona State 7. Arizona 8. Utah 9. California 10. Colorado 11. Washington State 12. Oregon State.

Beer

The best beer I had this week: After I watched Michael Saunders belt two homeruns during a spring training game Saturday afternoon, I wandered over to a beer festival in Dunedin, FL. It was there that I tried a blueberry jalapeno porter, courtesy of Two Henrys Brewing. It was sensational. The sweetness of the blueberry was balanced by the ever-so-slight heat of the jalapeno. I was not disappointed.

Battle between big beer and craft beer escalates
Budweiser's promotion of anti-craft beer ads coinciding with its constant desire to acquire craft breweries makes for massive amounts of unintentional comedy.

Kind-of Non-Sports

Inside the San Quentin Marathon | GQ
One day a year, the men locked up in California's oldest prison get a shot at glory. Thieves, killers, and dope dealers lace up their shoes and race around the yard for the longest and hardest run of their lives. It's The San Quentin Marathon, and it feels something like freedom.