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I have to admit that this would be cool

Early next week you might find yourself on the phone or exchanging emails with someone in a different part of the country.

Let's say it is someone who is a decent person but who, you suspect, isn't all that impressed with Spokane.

He'll say: “So, did I just see that Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in the country?”

And you say: “Oh yeah, I guess that's right.”

He'll say: “No. 1. That's something.”

And you say: “Yeah, they are having an OK season.”

Heh heh heh.

Today’s obscure NCAA reference

Something tells me Ron Patimkin would not have made this year's OSU team.

Almost a home game for West Virginia

You don't need to know much about geography to realize that GU's game with West Virginia is practically a home game for the Mountaineers.

All you need is a familiarity with the 1983 Tom Cruise movie “All The Right Moves.”

Set in a dying Pennsylvania steel town reasonably assumed to be near Pittsburgh, the movie has a moment when a star player on Cruise's high school football team is revealed to be headed to a nearby college on a sports scholarship.

That institution of higher learning? That's correct. West Virginia.

March Madness

Sean Davis saw the Slice question asking whether people who have no interest in college basketball sort of dread March.

“I despise it so much I wish I could be put into a coma till it is all over,” he wrote. “February is bad enough with the crapity weather. March offers no reprieve with the media focusing on nothing but basketball.”

Jim Emory, who describes himself as “one of many people who have zero interest in college basketball,” has a different take.

“I absolutely love March,” he wrote. “With Paris-Nice starting on March 4th and all the one-day classics to follow, it can only mean one thing: CYCLING SEASON IS BACK!”

You can’t lose them all

There are several different kinds of sports fans that I regard as asses.

One is the Chatty Cathy who bores innocent people with unsolicited talk about his team when the wins are piling up, but then turns silent as a cloistered monk when that team is losing.

With that in mind, I would like to pipe up about my alma mater's 2011-2012 basketball campaign.

I'll have you know that Northern Arizona won its opening game of the Big Sky Conference regular season schedule. And then the Lumber People — as my wife once called them when she couldn't come up with “Lumberjacks” — briskly lost the remaining 15 league games.

Yes, it was quite a year. The grim, unloved coach resigned after about five games. And he was replaced on an interim basis by a white-haired gentleman who — I might not have this exactly right — hadn't coached on any level since Warren G. Harding was president.

And the players, well, I hope they at least have the excuse of being actual students.

About the only highlight of the season was beating obviously terrible Arizona State in December.

But at least now there's something good to say: It's over.

My favorite college basketball player

Was not someone you would remember.

When I was kid, it was a guy who played for the University of Dayton named Don May. He had the smoothest jump shot.

Here's a picture of him tossing up a prayer against someone you might actually recall in the 1967 NCAA championship game. After upsetting North Carolina in the semis, Dayton lost to UCLA.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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