I won’t pretend I thought Oregon had a realistic chance at beating Wisconsin at any point before tipoff. In every single bracket I filled out, I had the Badgers advancing past the Ducks.
But then the game was tied 52-52 with three minutes left. Oregon had firmed up inside, relentlessly chased shooters out to the perimeter and made Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky look like, well, big, slow, white guys.
So you can forgive me if just for a moment I let myself entertain the notion that Oregon could do what NC State did and knock out a No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Welp. Maybe next year.
(I also can’t pretend I’m a rabid Pit Crew wannabe. I watched two games this regular season before catching Oregon’s complete postseason run. Even against Wisky, I was still learning the names of the guys at the back of Dana Altman’s rotation.
But it’s still my alma mater, dammit, and still hurts to see them lose to a team I love as much as Wisconsin.)
I’m in the process of tearing through John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series. As you can see, I’ve a long way to go.
|1964||The Deep Blue Goodbye||X|
|1964||Nightmare In Pink|
|1964||A Purple Place For Dying||X|
|1964||The Quick Red Fox|
|1965||A Deadly Shade Of Gold|
|1965||Bright Orange For The Shroud|
|1966||Darker Than Amber|
|1966||One Fearful Yellow Eye||X|
|1968||Pale Gray For Guilt|
|1968||The Girl In The Plain Brown Wrapper|
|1969||Dress Her In Indigo||X|
|1970||The Long Lavender Look|
|1971||A Tan And Sandy Silence|
|1973||The Scarlet Ruse|
|1973||The Turquoise Lament|
|1975||The Dreadful Lemon Sky||X|
|1978||The Empty Copper Sea|
|1979||The Green Ripper|
|1981||Free Fall In Crimson|
|1985||The Lonely Silver Rain|