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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Basketball Window

It's probably blasphemous for me to say this from where I sit in Greensboro, North Carolina, but I give basketball less attention than perhaps it deserves.

Don't get me wrong, I love basketball, especially college basketball (though I'm paying a bit more attention to the NBA as the Sixers are doing well). The curse basketball suffers is that of overlap. While I've been attending games all season, there is a limited time that hoops gets the lion's share of my focus. From the start of the season until early January, college football rules the roost. I give the bulk of my attention to basketball following the BCS national championship game--in years that the Eagles are in the playoffs, this delay is longer--but it fades again come mid-February, drawing even at best and sublimated at worst by college lacrosse. Conference tournaments and March Madness bring it back to ride out the rest of the season.

All that said, however, I talked college hoops at the beginning of the season with someone far more knowledgeable than I, Brian Joyce, one of the SEC writers for rushthecourt.net. You can give that a listen here.

Now that I am in my hoops heyday, a few things worth noting. I already said a good deal of my current landscape talking about Coach Miller and the situation here at UNCG. UMBC is, sadly, in the midst of another abysmal season, but USF is--somewhat surprisingly--holding their own in the Big East currently. In big news in both my conference and my state, tomorrow night will feature two big rivalries--Syracuse-Georgetown and North Carolina-Duke. And while Greensboro will not play host to the ACC men's tournament this year (though women's will be here), we do still get some first and second round action (yes, I refuse to refer to the opening round as the "first round") that I may try to attend.

So while I realize some of you have been celebrating for months, happy basketball.
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