I don’t care who you’re playing, there’s nothing more disappointing than losing in overtime — especially double overtime. At the end of both regulation and the first overtime, the Bears had the ball and a few seconds left, but couldn’t win it either time. Ryan Anderson even missed a foul shot (which he very rarely does, being the leading foul shooter in the conference) with less than a minute to go in regulation; had he made it, Cal would have been up by 4, and ASU couldn’t have tied it on their last possession. Arghh, what might have been…
Some quick thoughts:
- This is not a bad loss, although ASU’s terrible RPI may make it seem so. The Sun Devils are legit, and you can’t call tonight’s loss anything but a missed opportunity. Still, the Bears have got to protect their home court, and that means winning the close ones against teams of similar talent.
- James Harden is doubly legit. Here’s hoping he goes pro sooner rather than later.
- Where is DeVon Hardin? Why isn’t he making more of an impact? Two blocks moves him into second all-time for Cal, but it just seems like his game presence isn’t there. Unsure what to make of him.
- I wasn’t at the game; was the officiating as terrible as Roxy Bernstein made it sound? There was even a Tim Donaghy reference towards the end there. If so, I’m really glad I didn’t have to watch that.
- This loss pretty much makes the Arizona game on Saturday a must-win, which you hate to do this early in the season. Still, if the Bears are going to make anything of this season, they simply can’t afford to get swept at home. Can’t let it happen, no way.
OK, I’m going to bed. Perhaps I’ll be less disappointed in the morning.