Archive for November 14th, 2010

It’s College Basketball Season II!

Sure, right now you’re thinking football season is pretty good. You’re all like, “It’s anybody’s game in the NFL!” and “Man, that Oregon offense is awesome except for last game!” and “There’s like a 2 percent chance the BCS doesn’t screw this up!” But let’s be real here: The NFL has settled into that middle-of-the-season complacency where we make up arguments over who the best team is in the NFC and pretend like the Jaguars still have legitimate playoff hopes. College football’s best story is shrouded in scandal, and there’s a 98 percent chance the BCS does screw this up, so why get your hopes up anyway?

And that’s where college basketball comes in. I’m not going to sit here and pretend college basketball is pure—not one season after John Calipari and Bob Huggins coached with a berth to the Final Four on the line and not when two storied programs have to deal with significant eligibility issues regarding their freshmen.

No, college basketball isn’t perfect. But it’s as close as we’ve got in the modern sports world. It has a regular season that still matters, if only for a few more years until they bump the Tournament to 96. It has games like every night, and good ones at that. And it has the Tournament, which as you should be able to tell by now, I like just a little bit.

So as the 2010-2011 college basketball season gets underway, here are the eight things I’m looking forward to the most:

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Cracking the NCAA Vault: The Gallimaufry

I don’t much know how to classify these games outside of saying they’re all really good. It’s a gallimaufry of games that didn’t fit any other category but that, in their own way, stood out. They comprise nailbiting finishes, comebacks that just fell short, stunning upsets, and long replay reviews. They’re just…they’re just really good.

Florida vs. Duke, 2000 Regional Semifinal

Billy Donovan’s Gators broke Duke’s grasp on the East Regional, using their uptempo style to wear down the Blue Devils and pull away late.

Texas vs. West Virginia, 2006 Regional Semifinal Continue reading

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