Sometimes I really wonder what this board would do without the amazing ideas I throw out, but this one might take the cake. How about we make Whitworth play their game at Whitman, but then we just give them 12 wins for the rest of their conference games?? Lets face it, nobody else has a chance. All the travel money saved by WW not playing goes into a GoFundMe account, which can be utilized for a Whitman/Whitworth road trip to Wisconsin and somewhere back east next year. With his free time, Logie can start scheduling the games now.
Big Remaining Questions
1. Will WW go undefeated? My gut says I think it benefits them to lose at WMN. Just, in the event that you believe in statistics, if these two teams line up 3 times, are the odds there that they win all 3?
2. Can WMN run the table? Or, will somebody get them? Whitman hasn't established that consistent untouchable dominance on a night-in-night-out basis like WW has. But in my opinion, WMN has to run the table to get a share of the title.
3. PLU? I'm confused.
By the way, WW deserved to shoot every bit of 57% from the floor (I actually think I made the exact same statement last year). WW took the free buckets (layups and wide open jumpers) when WMN tried to force tempo, when WMN was in zone--it was just ugly, and when WMN tried to play man-to-man, WW was patient until WMN made a mistake. WMN plays a high risk/high reward game, and I thought that played into WW's strength. WW is composed and hard to rattle. They were patient and let WMN's defense beat themselves. 57%.
Logie is impressive. Very impressive. His team plays with such discipline.
Unlike WW against WM, I think I'm a little bit rattled. Blackhawk made a lot of sense tonight in just about everything he posted. What gives?
Seriously though, Blackhawks Big Remaining Questions are
pretty accurate, as is his analysis of the WW vs. WM game. In some ways, WM's style plays right into WW. It takes a disciplined team to beat the press, and WW is the only night-in and night-out disciplined team in the league. In fact, I can only think of maybe 1 or 2 TO's due to the pressure last night.
I actually disagree that this is Bridge's best team in W2. Maybe it was just an off night, but WM never really seemed to threaten the Pirates. WW had a pretty comfortable lead all game except for that one run early in the 2nd half. Even when WM tied it, WW then went on a big run to cruise the rest of the way.
WM lays an egg every year somewhere unexpected, so PLU has to be the favorite for that this year right? Meanwhile it's hard to see any team in the NWC beating WW (except maybe @WM) because even when WW doesn't shoot well, they always are tough on the defensive end.
It would be great to see the Whits travel back to the midwest to take on some of those powers. There are direct flights from Spokane to Chicago, and a bunch of great teams are within 3 hours from Chicago (Calvin, Hope, Benedictine, Trine, Augustana, Elmhurst, and Chicago). Why not set up a little yearly tournament where one year WW & WM go to play 2 or 3 of those schools, then in the odd years those schools reciprocate? This almost seems too easy.