1. The Bears would dominate the Big East. I no longer live in California, so my chances to watch Pac 10 ball are few. However, living in DC has exposed me to a large number of Big East games, and I have come to the conclusion that the Bears' formula of allowing their opponent to run up a huge lead, fighting back to the brink of having a legitimate shot at winning and then becoming deathly afraid of the basket for the final five minutes is exactly the type of ball that wins games in the conference that looks to be sending more teams to the Tourney than any other.
2. Some call him a poor man's Tyler Hansborough, but I call him a rich man's Kevin Pittsnogle. Whatever you call Ryan Anderson, he has been downright filthy in the Pac 10 this year, averaging 21.5 points and 10 boards and has been the key to all 16 of the Bear's wins this season, including a clutch late game three with two seconds left on the shot clock to seal the win over Washington in the first round of the Pac 10 tourney. And while Ryan Anderson was a first-team all-Pac-10 selection, Coach Ben Braun did the exact opposite.