Roundball Chatter for March 25
• Gonzaga had a great season at 32-3, but people will talk about the Zags as a No. 1 seed that missed the Sweet 16. It is a matter of timing and Wichita State was a physical team defensively. It was like Butler, when I called the game against the Zags.
• I have been impressed with several teams showing great offensive efficiency so far in the tournament. Teams like Michigan, Louisville and Arizona are three that come to mind that have shot very well so far.
• I felt that Oregon was wronged by being seeded 12th. I said so when the brackets came out on Selection Sunday. The Ducks sent a message by beating Oklahoma State and Saint Louis. Dana Altman's team received great play from diaper dandy guard Damean Dotson and outstanding rebounding from Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi (33 rebounds in two games).
• Put all of those rumors about Jamie Dixon going to USC away. Dixon agreed to a 10-year contract extension to remain at Pittsburgh. He is a great fit with the Panthers, building up a special program. Petersen Events Center is a great place to see a game and the Oakland Zoo makes it a special atmosphere. Dixon should be happy with his decision.
• Now that Kentucky's season is over, I have to wonder about the futures of Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein. All three diaper dandies claimed after an NIT loss to Robert Morris that they plan to return to school and pass up the NBA draft. I hope they keep their word because they are not ready for the NBA. Given the incredible recruiting class that John Calipari is bringing in, all three of those guys may be battling for playing time.
• Congratulations to New Mexico coach Steve Alford, who was given a new, 10-year contract with the Lobos. He led his team to a 29-5 regular-season record and a Mountain West tournament championship. Unfortunately his team lost to Harvard in the big dance.
• Pacific coach Bob Thomason saw his 25-year career as head coach end in the NCAA tournament. His Tigers fell to Miami-Florida, leaving Thomason in retirement. Congratulations on a super career.