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July 26, 2006

Bring the love, hold the mayo

Posted by Bob Condotta at 11:38 AM

OK, I promise to be back on the blog fairly regularly from now on after a few weeks spent vacationing -- and a few days spent moving. The latter made me realize I have way too much old sports memorabilia, though this 1987 USC basketball media guide will come in handy should I ever again have an urgent need for information about Ivan Verberckt.

And news in the Pac-10 continues unabated, with the latest story coming Tuesday when Kevin Love committed to UCLA. Author Frank Burleson believes that Love's commitment makes UCLA an immediate Final Four favorite for the 2007-08 season.

That causes me to wonder if the Pac-10 might be able to replicate what the Big East did so memorably in 1985 by sending three teams to the Final Four.

Sound outlandish?

Well, consider if Spencer Hawes stays at UW for two seasons. The Huskies will definitely be a top five-caliber team heading into the season if he does.

And what if O.J. Mayo really does end up at USC and maybe brings a few other top recruits with him to Troy (Bill Walker maybe)? If that happens, the Trojans will also have that kind of potential.

What we can say for sure is that the visit by the LA schools that season could be the most anticipated weekend of regular season basketball in UW history.

The commitment of Love (and the apparent commitment of Mayo) also signifies is that Pac-10 basketball is on the rise like it rarely has been before.

It also appears to signify that despite the hue and cry over the Pac-10's supposedly subpar TV deal and alleged lack of national respect, good coaches, good programs and solid facilities are more than enough to attract top talent.