While we’re in the firm grasp of football season, there’s another minor sport making its official debut tonight as college basketball returns. Yes, football is the preferred drug/sport of choice for the populace, but some of us like college basketball more. Sure, the slate isn’t as beefy as other, non-college basketball opening days, but some is a lot better than none. Friday’s schedule has much more to offer, with 17 of the Top 25 in action, but again, there’s college freaking basketball tonight.
I’m not complaining.
The action is “headlined” by the fact three ranked teams, Pittsburgh (4th), Illinois (16th) and Texas are taking their respective court for the Coaches vs. Cancer round-robin get-together. All of their games are expected to be of the tune-up type, although, Pitt will can’t overlook their opponent, the Rhode Island Rams, who finished their 2009/10 campaign with a 23-9 record and have talent returning.
With apologies to Kevin Harlan for stealing one of his catchphrases, allow me to bring NAIA dunking stud, Errick McCollum, to your attention. McCollum plays for Goshen College, a small school in Indiana; and while his school may be on the smaller size, his ability to jump out of the gym isn’t. At only 6-2, McCollum might not look like a guy that can embarrass you with a vicious dunk, but don’t let his stature deceive you, otherwise, you’ll wind up just like the guy in the video — that is, walking off the court with your head hung low, wondering just who the hell jumped over you and flushed the ball down like that?
According to MidwestSportsFans.com, the highlights of McCollum’s dunk have been playing in heavy rotation around the ESPN campus, and rightfully so. It’s just that nasty.