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Dance Card: Idaho, WAC champs

Not even gonna lie, I love their team name.


Who? The Vandals of Idaho.

What? Their basketball team "vandalized" opponents. Joe was a yell leader's idea.

Where? Moscow, Idaho, which is not named after Russian Moscow.

When? March 16th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Why? They won the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

How? Stacey Barr had 16 points and 11 rebounds to power the Vandals over Seattle U, 67-64

Surprise? Predicted to finish fifth in the conference by the coaches and sixth by the media, they ended up in third.

RPI: 131

SOS: 150

Record: 17-15 (11-7 WAC)

Good wins: Well, the one that got them in.

Bad losses: Tennessee State at Montana.

Who's driving this thing? Jon Newlee, since 2008. They nabbed him from Idaho State, and you have no idea how hard I'm working to avoid potato jokes here.

Extra, Extra! The Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Junior forward Alyssa Charlston leads the Vandals with 13.7 points, but freshman wing Christina Salvatore and sophomore guard Stacey Barr have been turning it on late in the season, with Barr taking over the scoring lead for all their WAC tournament games.

Factoid that will only amuse me: they have scored precisely one more point than their opponents this season.