Are more people going to attend or watch college basketball when it tips off in a couple of days in light of the NBA fiasco? I doubt the attend part but I suspect hard-core NBA fans will rationalize watching…if only to see sophomores who extended their registration (you didn’t expect cynical ol’ me to write stay in school did you?) with their respective schools a bit longer. After all, these players will eventually become members of the “Association”…once the players figure out the owners own the “Association.”
ESPN.com’s Dana O’Neil had this quote from Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari in a recent column, “It’s almost like they’re two different sets of fans. Now will some of those fans want to watch college basketball? Probably. Are they going to start buying college basketball tickets and throw NBA to the south? No, they won’t.”
Hopefully, all basketball fans who turn their attention to college hoops 2011-12 will be treated to higher quality games than the one that brought down the curtain on last season. As I noted back then…CBS should have run Hawaii Five-O…better shooting.
Indeed, last season’s National Championship between UConn and Butler gave new meaning to the phrase “40 Minutes Of Hell,” previously associated with Nolan Richardson’s approach to coaching Arkansas to a title in the mid-90’s using frenzied, full-court pressure. College basketball fans everywhere hope we never crown our champion again in such an ugly, unattractive manner. Now that I think of it…we can only go “up” from here.
The start of a new season brings hope to every campus they can win it all – no BCS here.
Let’s lace ’em up, toss it up…and see who navigates into New Orleans next Spring.