2013-2014 is shaping up to be one of the best hoops seasons we've had in quite some time. And while the first games are still more than two months away, it's not too early to get pumped for it. The schedule was released yesterday! Here's a quick overview of what we should look forward to this season.
November 8: Home Opener vs. JMU
It'll be nice to open the season with a warmup beat down against the alma mater of two of our loyal readers Leah and Charlie. Don't worry, we'll get beers after the game.
November 12: VCU
Need an early season statement win? This should work. If we aren't already in the Top 25, a win here will ensure it. This will be an interesting clash of styles, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out. Also as a blog we hate Shaka Smart, so we really want to see him get his lunch money taken by the Hoos.
November 16: Davidson (in Charlotte)
Another sneaky good team to play in the early going. Davidson has fielded a solid squad the past few years, and this should at least give us another win over a tournament team. And it's a nice home game for Anthony Gill and The Big Fundamental.
December 4: Wisconsin
ESPN seems in love with this matchup in the ACC/Big Ten challenge, but to me it's tired and played out. I would like to think after this season we will be a marquee enough name to get a good game in this series, rather than just a gimmick.
December 21: Northern Iowa
This is only intriguing because it marks the return of Paul Jesperson to JPJ, though he is unable to play due to transfer rules.
December 30: at Tennessee
This is our first real road test of the season, minus the Chorpus Christi Challenge thing we are playing in. Tennessee should be a pretty solid squad this year, so this will be a good test before heading into ACC play.
January 13: at Duke
First big-time ACC game of the season. Up to this point we'll have played at FSU, hosted Wake, and been to NC State. This is the Big Monday game and the first matchup since Coach K whined about the JPJ fans being big meanies.
January 20: UNC
Our second consecutive Big Monday game is a home tilt with the Tarholes. At this point most of their roster should be out of prison and be living large on their inflated grades and wads of cash so they should be at full strength. Should be a great atmosphere and a good test for the boys.
January 28: at Notre Dame
This is our first game against a new ACC foe. This is probably a much bigger deal to me than anyone else who writes for or reads this blog, as I am marrying into a Notre Dame family, but who cares. They're usually good.
March 1: Syracuse
This should be a GREAT game. Matchup of two defensive teams with very different styles. I think we will have the shooting to combat the 2-3, but if nothing else it's a great storyline.
March 9: at Maryland
We are the Twerps' last home ACC game. I don't really care how the seasons are going at this point, I just want to send those pussies to the Big Ten with their noses bloodied.
There are a ton of other great games spread in there as the ACC begins to blossom into the basketball powerhouse that it should be. This is going to be a great season so sit back and enjoy the ride. Here are some quick things to look forward to:
Malcolm Brogdon is back! And most likely seeing some time at the point this year. Another shooter to take some of the focus off Joseph Buckets and free up some room for Tobey and The Big Fundamental to operate on the block
Anthony Gill, Devon Hall, and London Perrantes are here! Three names you will get to know quickly that will help fill out what should be one of the deepest rosters of talent we have ever had. This is good because we will have our inevitable bout with dead legs, injuries, and the TB doghouse.
Mike Tobey and Justin Anderson are going to be amazing. I'm expecting a HUGE jump from these guys. JA started to show it towards the end of last season.