In the opening round of the 2009 PAC-10 Tournament, the Washington State Cougars whip the floor with the Oregon Ducks. It was pretty much over when it started, with the Cougars jumping out to an early lead at a virtually empty Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and finishing the game 62-40. Of the small attendance, the majority were Cougars fans. Not only did the Cougars dominate on the floor, but their cheerleaders were much hotter, and their band was far more energetic. Here was the highlight of my evening, as the Cougars cheerleaders took a picture with me:
The Cougars went to big man Aron Baynes early and often, as the Ducks had no answer for him in the low post. Baynes finished the game with 20 points, and was rested for the last six minutes of the game when it was obviously out of reach for the Ducks to stage a comeback. He reminds me a lot of former UCLA star, Kevin Love, but Baynes needs to work a bit more on his interior defense - he's got to be a threat to block the ball at his size. Another big man for the Cougars, Caleb Forrest, was lighting it up with mid-range jump shots all night. Forrest has a beautiful touch from outside, and was fire at will off of the screen. But enough talk about these men, let's see those Cougars cheerleaders at half-time:
Tajuan Porter was the only bright spot for the Oregons, putting up 20 points for the game. He needs to improve his passing, because it is the weakest part of his game, which is terrible to say about a point guard. Other than Porter, the Ducks were pathetic with sloppy play on both sides of the ball, over-passing, and zero physical play. This is supposed to be a Division I basketball team, but I'd put my money on a top high school team if such a game ever went down. The best thing to wear a Ducks jersey tonight were the Oregon Ducks cheerleaders:
Even though the Cougars walked all over the Ducks in this opening round match-up, they have their work cut out for them if they want to pose any kind of a threat against the UCLA Bruins in the next round. Baynes is going to have to have an amazing game, and the Cougars guard Taylor Rochestie will need to step it up.