The college basketball season, begins the season with a bunch of Goliaths playing a bunch of Davids without any repeat of the Biblical story. This, for the most part, is true with college football. For the college basketball example, I need look no further than Ohio State, who thanks to Evan Turner’s play, has been grabbing the headlines of ESPN with their first two wins. Last night the Buckeyes defeated the Dukes of James Madison 72-44.
Thankfully, much like college football it seems, the third game is a real game.
Ohio State coach Thad Matta chuckled when asked if his team had learned enough in two games to cope with what it will be facing in the next two.”I hope so,” he said.
They advance to meet defending national champion North Carolina (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) in the semifinals next Thursday night in Madison Square Garden.
Unfortunately, however, since there are far more college basketball games than college football, that means a plethora of craptastic teams are in every team’s schedule. For example, here are Ohio State’s next five opponents after North Carolina: Lipscomb Bisons, St. Francis (PA) Red Flash, Florida State (at least they can say they’re finally as good as their football team!), Eastern Michigan Eagles, and the Butler Bulldogs (getting better).
I’ll be napping. Wake me up when NCAAB conference play starts and for the NCAAF conference championships/Michigan game.