I actually believe the Cowgirls have a chance. Now, it's a slim chance, but still, I don't believe this is an unwinnable game for OSU. Duke has been almost impossible to beat in NCAA Tournament games at home. It hasn't lost one at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1996. But OSU is athletic enough to beat Duke.
The Cowgirls are going to have to play some of their best basketball. Shoot it well. Take care of the ball. Defend like crazy. But they have it in their power to win this game. Can they get it done, yes? Will they? Um, I'm still picking Duke, but it's going to be close.
ON THE OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER:
About my favorite subject: Why is Derek Fisher playing so much? Here's my question: Is it possible that it's not Fisher's stats — which are terrible — matter? Is there evidence that other Thunder players perform better or display better habits (passing, help defense, etc.) when he's on the court? Trying to throw Scott Brooks a lifeline, here.
Your favorite subject is a subject that I wish would go away. How would it go away? Scott Brooks would STOP playing Derek Fisher. (Sigh.) Anyway … There isn't evidence that the Thunder is better with Fisher on the court. I don't have the plus-minus numbers in front of me, but there have been several instances where the second team that Fisher is on the floor with has given up leads or let the other team build leads.
I wish there was evidence that showed something different, but there really isn't. There isn't a good reason why Brooks has decided to play Fisher so much. If Fisher was producing great results, I'd take my medicine, say that I was wrong and admit that he should playing. But that isn't happening.
Fisher needs to take the Kevin Ollie Memorial Chair. He can be a great locker room leader, but he shouldn't ever play a meaningful minute. That's what Ollie did, what Royal Ivey did, and it's what Derek Fisher should be doing.
What was the point of signing Brewer?
That's a great question. I wish I had a great answer for you. Seems to me like not playing Brewer is a shame and a waste. I'm not under the impression that he's some first-team defensive player, but there is evidence that he'd be the best defender on the second unit.
I'm not sure why Scott Brooks isn't playing Brewer more. The only thing I can figure is that he's more comfortable with the other guys. Comfort is a big deal, and maybe he just doesn't feel it yet with Brewer.
Scott Brooks has diamond in the rough in Jeremy Lamb ... he should polish him up and use him.
There just aren't enough minutes to go around, unfortunately. I like Lamb's game, too, but I don't see where Lamb fits into the current rotation. Where would Lamb's minutes come from? Who would sit when he plays? Now, if Kevin Martin is out after this season, the answer to that question changes. But as for right now, I don't see Lamb being better than anyone else who's getting minutes. I wish he could get more minutes, too, but right now, he's just an odd man out. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if that doesn't change next year.