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Once again, it’s time to check off some items on my “TIDU List” - Things I Don’t Understand:

• How the Capitals can go wrong with either goalie.

Michal Neuvirth is likely to start the postseason, but Semyon Varlamov is ready if necessary.

Varlamov made 18 saves in the first period Wednesday and “kept us in it,” said coach Bruce Boudreau, who also has confidence in rookie Braden Holtby.

Judging by the Caps’ recent playoff history, whoever starts had better deliver; Boudreau has shown the quickest hook since Iron Mike Tyson.

- Why Debbie Yow doesn’t offer some proof.

New North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried couldn’t enjoy hearing his new athletic director accuse Maryland coach Gary Williams of trying to “sabotage the search.” She essentially disparaged both men with the assertion and sparked national coverage as the topic led ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Wednesday.

If Yow isn’t willing to back it up, then she should just shut up.

- How VCU won’t need a new coach soon.

Shaka Smart stayed put, but don’t count on that for long. Yes, he could follow the example of Gonzaga’s Mark Few, who has resisted multiple offers from major programs. The Fews are happy where they are and maybe the Smarts will be content, too.

But VCU has a better chance of reaching next year’s Final Four than seeing Smart fulfill his eight-year contract extension.

- Why Andray Blatche saves his best for last.

The talented but inconsistent forward has averaged 24.8 points and 12.8 rebounds in the Wizards’ last five games. He averaged 22.1 points and 8.3 rebounds during the final 32 games last season, and his numbers will increase for the fifth consecutive season (currently 16.6 ppg and 8.3 rpg).

But if he keeps waiting until all is hopeless, his production is worthless.

- How Pudge Rodriguez will get to 3,000 hits.

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