- Say what you want about this being a down year in college basketball in the Northwest, but our teams are still competing and playing hard in March. Kudos to the Western Washington Vikings for winning the Division II Basketball National Championship. The Vikings beat Montevallo on Saturday afternoon 72-65 for their first 'ship in the school's 110-year history. In Division I hoops, Washington St. starts its best-of-three series against Pittsburgh for the CBI championship on Monday at 7:00pm PT, while Washington will play in the NIT semifinals on Tuesday against Minnesota at 6:00pm PT.
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As late as his junior year, nobody would have imagined Dentmon making the NBA. A testament to hard work and perseverance.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) March 24, 2012
- The San Antonio Spurs signed former Husky Justin Dentmon to a 10-day contract on Friday. Dentmon played in Saturday's game and totaled 2 points, 1 assist and 1 rebound. Here's some photo proof.
- Peyton Siva and the Louisville Cardinals are in the Final Four after their victory on Saturday against Michigan State. Siva's father thinks the potential Louisville and Kentucky NCAA championship would cause the state of Kentucky to "erupt," per CBS Sports.
- Hanshin Tigers 5, Mariners 1 [box score]: By the time you read this, the Mariners will have finished their second exhibition game in Japan as the team began its game against the Yomiuri Giants at approximately 3:00 am this morning. Check out Lookout Landing for coverage and postgame analysis on both exhibition games.
- Sounders 2, Dynamo 0: David Estrada kept up his stellar play and scored another goal on Saturday for the Sounders. Sounder At Heart with the postgame analysis. Next game Saturday vs. San Jose.
- Fake Ichiro sighting, in Japan! Per Geoff Baker.
- Art Thiel from Sports Press NW writes an enlightening column on the Mariners' dilemma in how to handle Ichiro once his contract ends after this season.
- Tim Lincecum went offroading in an 800-horsepower trophy truck per Big League Stew.
- Mr. Sonic is as classy as they come. Nate McMillan took out a full-page Newspaper Ad in the Oregonian to thank everyone in the city of Portland for his time with the Trailblazers. McMillan will be on the NBA sideline again soon — dare I say, with the Sonics?
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