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.
Payback might be a bitch, but it’s also fun to watch. In case you forgot, the last time Kentucky played Georgia, Travis Leslie did this. Last night, John Wall got a little payback for his teammate. When watching the upcoming highlight, I’m struck by one thing:
Wall’s left hand is better than your right when it comes to playing basketball.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Wall shoots the ball right-handed.
And with that, all I can say is, “Welcome to SEC Basketball, DeMarcus Cousins. It won’t be as easy as you think.” Travis Leslie’s dunk was so vicious, it left a crowd of about 24,000 in stunned silence. Well, except for all the “oohing and ahhing” going on on. I mean, what else can you say if you’re a Kentucky fan? We’ll get you next time? Perhaps “sign my poster, please, Mr Leslie” is more appropriate. Granted, the Wildcats scraped by the Bulldogs, but it wasn’t easy. In fact, Team John Wall trailed at halftime and only had a two-point lead with less than a minute left in the game.
To say the Bulldogs, who already have wins against Georgia Tech and Illinois, are better than expected — they were picked last in the SEC East — is a little bit of understatement. Just ask DeMarcus Cousins what he thinks of the Dawgs, especially the one who goes by “Travis Leslie.” While they didn’t pull the upset off, it wasn’t for a lack of effort, especially for Leslie.
Besides his eye-popping dunk, Leslie led the Bulldogs with 20 points as they fell just short of shocking Kentucky and the rest of the college basketball world.