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Monday, December 20, 2004

RSVP, please

State fans, it's going to be a wild ride this season.

The Pack is going to beat many of the teams it's supposed to beat, lose to a few teams it's supposed to beat and, yes, pull off a few surprises.

Last night's game, in my mind, illustrates this point. Why? Because some people just didn't bother to show up.

Last night's MIA:

Levi Watkins: 0-2, no points.

Tony Bethel: 1-10, 3 points, 5 assists.

Ilian Evtimov: 1-5, two points.

I know it sounds like I'm knocking Washington, but the fact remains that if any of those thre guys hits a couple more shots, the State wins the game.

When everybody shows up, State is as tough as any team in the country. When a few people show up, the Pack is merely average. And when nobody but Julius Hodge shows up.......

Not that last night was all doom and gloom. Andrew Brackman and Cameron Bannerman contributed significant points and minutes off the bench. Such contributions will come in handy over the course of the season.