Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Have we seen this season -- with one team intentionally fouling in the Arizona game when it was tied and (another) double-teaming one guy every play and losing by 30 -- the two stupidest plays since Chris Webber called a timeout in the national title game?
Not sure, Joe.
But I can tell you this: Yes, those were two pretty stupid plays/decisions, and the second (i.e., most recent) was worse.
The first so-called stupid play was Jamelle Horne's crazy run and lunge and foul with 0.8 second left that allowed UAB to break a tie and win a game that advanced the Blazers to tonight's showdown with Oklahoma. So that was stupid, sure. But that was just a player getting confused in the heat of the moment, and that kind of stuff happens, and what can you do?
The second source of stupidity is inexcusable, because what we had Tuesday night was a coach (Loyola's Jimmy Patsos) opting to lose by 30 just to try to shutdown Stephen Curry, which was an embarrassment to the Greyhounds. Remember, this is the same coach who spent part of an earlier game in the stands and/or at the end of the bench after receiving a technical foul, so bizarre is his middle name. And just so we're clear, I'm fine with bizarre gameplans as long as they are designed to help a team compete or win. But that's not what this was. Patsos used a strategy that had his team down 22 at the half, and he never altered it because he was more concerned with suffocating Curry than trying to compete. That's incomprehensible and inexcusable, and so if you want to call him stupid (and myopic and bone-headed), trust me, I won't stand in your way.