Let's Get Ready to Rumble
But where we are right now is less than 18 hours before the season tip-off, so it's time to get fired up for what should be an excellent season on the Irish hardwood. This is a team deserving of good crowds and loud support, and it remains my fervent hope they're going to get it.
Wait a sec, you're saying. Are you now advocating these non-conference games? I thought for sure you'd be advising people to stay away and show the powers that be this kind of scheduling philosophy can't be tolerated.
The thought certainly crossed my mind. But every time it did, I was reminded of what I saw during those practices in the fall.
I saw energy on the court.
I saw a group of players that seems to really like to play together.
I saw hard work on defense and offense.
I saw freshman trying to make it tough for the coaches to not play them, and upperclassmen trying to make it easy for the coaches to ignore the frosh.
I saw a sophomore welcoming a leadership role, and a junior welcoming a challenge to return and make a difference.
I saw a big man who gave up pizza in the off-season so his team could improve.
I saw players throwing their bodies around to make a play, even if that play was through pain.
I saw coaches getting in the players' grills when the effort waned.
I saw fun basketball. And I think you all will want to see fun basketball.
Of course, I'd rather folks be in the seats at the JC. But in a new twist this year, the non-conference games will be webcast on UND.com, so everyone will get a chance to check out the product and decide for themselves if a winter trip is warranted (as I think it is). Granted, that puts us at the mercy at the heretofore sketchy availability of the CSTV video interface, but it's certainly a step forward in program marketing.
We spent the offseason dealing with the issues. But the offseason is over, and this season will see a new home-court win streak and ND's greatest player inducted into the College Hoops HOF.
Time to get our hoops schwerve on. Let's light this candle.
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