Cold-Blooded: For pure buzzer-beating thrill, has Isaiah Thomas’ shot to beat Arizona ever been matched? Quincy Pondexter had that shot against Marquette last year, but that wasn’t, strictly speaking, at the buzzer. Brandon Roy had those two buzzer-beaters against Arizona in ’05, but those forced overtimes in a game UW lost. In 2001, the 9-19 Dawgs shocked #13 UCLA on a Michael Johnson buzzer beater. Others? Anyone? (In case you haven’t seen: the replay.)
Thomas won the tournament MVP, he’s only the second guy ever to do that in back-to-back years. (Sean Elliott.)
Georgia’s Next: The Dawgs may have gotten a break in drawing Georgia. The Bulldogs are the worst at-large team in the tournament other than much-maligned VCU, according to Ken Pomeroy’s computer rankings.
Quick info on Georgia
Top player: Forward Trey Thompkins, Georgia’s only All-SEC selection. He’s a Joevan Catron type–beefy, savvy post player who can also step out and shoot.
Georgia’s offense: The Bulldogs play a triangle offense that relies on crisp passing and players being in the right spots. The key is to hassle the passer. Georgia is very patient on offense, UW will want to disrupt them.
Georgia’s defense: The Bulldogs mix up their defensive fronts, sometimes showing man, sometimes a 2-3 zone, sometimes a 3-2 zone. Their main strategy is to keep you out of the paint. Drive and dish won’t be that effective.
What they’re saying…special Isaiah Thomas reaction edition…
“I knew I had a smaller guy on me, so I could get a shot off. I just made a little step back and God made the ball go through the hoop.” — Isaiah Thomas
“One of these days when I’m not coaching anymore, I’ll sit back in the rocking chair and reminisce about this game.” — Lorenzo Romar
“Cold-blooded!” — Gus Johnson
“ISAIAH THOMAS THE SHOT OF THE WEEK!!!! Washington wins in OT. Gus just burst a blood vessel.” — CBS’s Seth Davis, via Twitter
“Aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhjjjjjjjhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhjj jeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhj #206” — Nate Robinson, via Twitter
“Man I’m a proud Husky!!! That was awesome!” — Steve Sarkisian, via Twitter
In other news…
The M’s made 8 roster cuts, including Alex Liddi, who hit back-to-back grand slams last week. Man, what does a guy have to do?
M’s ace Felix Hernandez tuned up in an impromptu intrasquad game, allowing two runs in four innings.
Mariners OF Franklin Gutierrez found out his stomach problems aren’t career-threatening. Gutierrez has a “slow digestive tract,” according to the team, which he should be able to control by eating better.
Wazzu is a three-seed in the NIT, and will host Long Beach St. Tuesday. They could end up playing Harvard in the second round, which would be some fecund territory for IQ-related humor.
Here is the full NCAA tournament schedule. Remember, second-round game times aren’t decided until first round is finished.
A “FIFA Room” is one of the features inside Tim Lincecum’s $1.6M downtown condo, in this long NYT profile. I liked this quote from Lincecum, about being included with Bob Gibson on GQ “25 Coolest Athletes” list. “Was Bob Gibson cool? he asked innocently. Or was he just a . . . and here Lincecum used a colloquialism thats synonymous with a part of the male anatomy that is unprintable on this site.
The next seven days in Seattle sports…
Today, March 14
Baseball: Mariners vs. Cubs, 1:05 p.m. (No local radio, check MLB.com for other feeds)
Tuesday, March 15
Soccer: Sounders vs. Galaxy @ Qwest Field, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NIT: Long Beach St. @ Wazzu, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Wednesday, March 16
Baseball: Mariners vs. Milwaukee, 7:05 p.m. (FSN)
Thursday, March 17
First Full Day of NCAA Tournament: ALL DAMN DAY WOOOOO! (CBS, TNT, TBS, truTV)
Baseball: Mariners @ Kansas City, 6:05 p.m. (710-AM)
Friday, March 18
NCAA Tourney: Washington vs. Georgia in Charlotte, 6:45 p.m. (CBS-7)
Baseball: Mariners vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m. (FSN)
Saturday, March 19
Baseball: Mariners @ Texas, 1:05 p.m. (710-AM)
Soccer: Sounders @ NY Red Bulls, 4:30 p.m. (KONG)
Sunday, March 20
Baseball: Mariners vs. San Diego, 1:05 p.m. (710-AM)
NCAA Tourney: Washington/Georgia winner vs. North Carolina/LIU-Brooklyn winner, TBD