SAN JOSE, CA – The game is over. Oregon went to another Sweet 16. And if I told these players in the middle of the summer, they would stick to crunching and make NCAA Regional a liar.
It was Oregon 73, UC Irvine 54 on Sunday.
Race over Anteaters.
12 seeds above n. 13.
In SAP Center, as a witness, Dan Fouts, the legendary Ducks defense system player. Neil Everett, an Anchor SportsCenter, along with his wife, Stephanie. Even the old Oregon friend stepped into the building with a brown dress a few minutes before the tip.
William Wesley, also known as the "World Wide Wes", slid into the seat just behind the Oregon bench in Section 128. It was surrounded by UO fundraisers, employees, family members and some Nike leaders. And nothing says that you are hot goods at the NCAA tournament, such as Wesley, which you find the root.
World Wide Wes is back.
Race must feel like they are.
She is not the founder of Nike Phil Knight. He was sick at home, probably watching the game on television. But Wesley, the former team-mate of John Calipari in Memphis and Kentucky, loves the winner.
On the Super Bowl side with Dallas cowboys.
In the closet of the NBA Finals with Detroit Pistons.
For a winning bench in the NCAA Tournament.
"All", talented and gifted athletes said, "they know the world Wes".
Wesley even appeared in the text of the song Drake. He was tight with Michael Jordan and LeBron James. He became known as one of the most powerful athletes, a powerful broker with stars, coaches and agents.
The protection of Ex-Trail Blazers Damon Stoudamire once told me: "Wes leads the NBA."
Now Wes is leading a rally rack.
The length of Oregon and athletics on Sunday were too much for UC Irvine. Ducks won the game, but they were in contrast to the terrible point of drought to start the other half. Give credit to the Anteaters. They emerged from the wardrobe when coach Russell Turner told them: "It's not good enough enough."
Then the Anteaters went to 14-0 and took the lead.
Said Ducks trainer Dana Altman: "We were a little confined in the mud."
But if this tournament is known for something, it is known, for moments when gifted, athletic teams recall a less talented, less athletic team when it's time for home. And, blocked shot with blocked shot, basket with basket, stops stop, Oregon warned UC Irvine against Oakland International Airport.
Anteaters might be using a San Jose airport, but the summer route crosses local neighborhoods. The laws do not allow flights after 22.30.
Tony Wooten better checks his watch before jumping, or they will be quoted.
A decade ago, Wesley was a basketball event in Oregon. He was a close friend with Ducks assistant Kenny Payne and closely associated with Malick Hairstone, six meters to six McDonald's All-American from Detroit, who famously chose Ducks through Michigan and Oklahoma.
I asked Wesley why Hairston chose Oregon when he stayed in his home country.
Wesley told me: "Terrorism is less a threat."
The truth is that the highest talent state has always followed Wesley. Payne eventually left Oregon that Kentucky was the main Calipari recruiter. Hairston became the NBA draft selector. Wesley has been employed as a "consultant" at Creative Artists.
But before that Ducki reached the Elite Eight.
So the moment of a full circle with Wesley was back around Duck, he cried for the friar of Louis King and rose to his feet when another Kenny Wooten buried the street. The hospital Bol Bol, which is on its way in street clothes, was impressed with the progress of its team.
I could not help it all the time, but I wonder where in this board of the three Wesley would be hugging first. Or who could next appear in Oregon's uniform?
After Kentucky defeated Kansas and won the NCAA 2012 title, Anthony Davis, the most outstanding player in the tournament, flooded the stalls.
Do not embrace his parents.
Instead of wrapping up Wesley.
Usually you would see a team full of young, promising talents, and wondering what could become in a few years. But with this group, in this era of basketball in Oregon, this is the feeling that is dominated by the moment. This window of opportunity is slick and Ducks have climbed this Sunday.
Next: Virginia, the first seed in the regional Louisville.
This is quite different from the Oregon team two seasons before the Final Four. It is not based on solid experience and perseverance. It is built around the length, versatility and leadership of Payton Pritchard.
Said Altman: "We have nine guys who can help us. They waited for a late meeting, but I'm sure they did it and they are definitely happy.
"They finally have fun and look good.
Once again, if you are a Ducks fan, you must be thrilled with where this season has taken you. If you are a Ducks player, you can squeeze yourself. Because Oregon was in all troubles, frustration, injuries and losses, he returned to Sweet 16, and again visited the World Wide Wes.
I'm not sure Oregon is good enough to beat the Cavaliers. Then, as long as the UO does not withhold the ten victories who believed in the races? And now you would not want to see them swing in the Virginia jaw to see if it is made of glass.
I'll watch. You will also.
Give credit to Oregon.
They are re-drawn in the world.