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Basketball: Adam Duritz keeping hope alive

Got an email today from one of Cal’s most passionate long-time fans — Adam Duritz, front man for Counting Crows.

He attended the Pac-10 tournament last weekend and said he’ll be in Jacksonville this week to cheer on the Bears. (Word is, ex-Bear Ryan Anderson, now playing for the Orlando Magic, also plans to be at Friday nigiht’s game against Louisville).

Back to Duritz and his thoughts:

“Thought we played great right up until Saturday. Even so, we still almost pulled it out. God that was a crushing loss,” he said of the Pac-10 title-game defeat to Washington. “And now another NCAA tournament as an 8 seed. I would rather have been a 10, 11, or 12. Anything is better than being an 8 or 9 because, since no #1 has ever lost in the 1st round, the 8/9 winner ALWAYS has to play the 1. Ugh. 
 
“I almost feel like it’s the revenge they practice on teams they’d rather not have but get pressured into. After listening to Seth Davis, I get the feeling we’re unwelcome intruders.”

My read is Duritz is really a typical Cal fan — he’s taken a lot of body blows rooting for his team, but always retains hope.

“Maybe we’ll take Duke out again,” he said. “We’ve done it before.”

Jeff Faraudo