Category Archives: Washington State Cougars

News From Around the Web

Here are some interesting links from around the web, most I found while on the vandysports.com forums:

How Vandy got the team it has today.

Byars comes up big.

Vandy-WSU is game of the tourney.

Who is the SEC Player of the Year?

The SEC is a top quality b-ball conference.

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To the Meadowlands!

Well, my predictions are true. Another college classic, and the ‘Dores take it in 2 overtimes! It’s party time! On to New Jersey!

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Vanderbilt – Washington State Preview

Here it is, my preview of today’s game between the Commodores and the Cougars.  I must admit that it is poorly thought out, and even more poorly researched.  I’ve been thinking more about all the Guinness that I am about to consume today.  So I have to quickly get this done before I go to the Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

So often as Vandy fans, we rely on being “disrespected” by the media and other fans to give us a boost for big games.  However, in today’s game we have two programs that looked very poor in the beginning of the season and have worked their way into the tournament over the last 2 months.  Since WSU has the higher seed, they are the ones getting more disrespect in this game, especially after they struggled against Oral Roberts while Vandy manhandled George Washington.

The reassuring part of this game is that Vandy destroyed GW while having a rather subpar offensive day.  They will need to get back on track in order to defeat this stingy WSU defense.  I think they have the tools to get it done, though.  The Cougars  have been geared up to go after Derrick Byars, SEC Player of the Year.  This is how they have competed well against top teams all year.  They keyed on Afflalo of UCLA in their previous meetings.  However, VU has multiple perimeter threats, and the inside presence has been strong of late.  I think that they will have trouble guarding all of our threats.

All in all, I think that this is going to be a great game between two solid programs that live under the spotlight of other teams in their conferences.  WSU is looking for their first back-to-back tournament wins since 1941.  Vandy is looking to get back to the Sweet 16 just three years after their last run.  This game could turn into the “basketball clinic” of the tournament with solid play and good fundamentals on both ends.  I just hope that Vandy can pull it out in the end, and my heart says they will.  My brain has no idea….

Vandy 71-66.

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