Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Friday, March 16

Earthquakes and UCLA

Is it me, or is it a problem when you look in the newspaper and see a graphic box titled, EARTHQUAKE WEEK?

Okay, it's probably me, but just so you know, there were 84 earthquakes in the general area of San Francisco this week, and being in Sacramento, which isn't that far away, I am taking notice. Also so you know, there were no significant quakes along the San Andreas Fault, but there was a 2.8 quake near The Geysers. Where's The Geysers? I have no clue, but if it's close enough to mention in a paper, it's too close for me.

Anyway, on the basketball front, the Indiana Hoosiers are practicing as I write this in preparation for Saturday's West Regional second-round game with UCLA. The Bruins were dominant in their victory over out-gunned Weber State that snapped a two-game losing streak to the have-nots of the Pac-10. Figure they'll be in prime-time form against the Hoosiers.

They defend as well as any team in America, which suggests that this could be a very ugly game for the IU offense. Of course, even if the Hoosiers win 6-5, as long as they win, no Cream 'n Crimson fan will care.

By the way -- they won't win 6-5, but they might win 60-55.


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