In the world of men’s college basketball it’s so hard to maintain that resolve and to go unbeaten. But each year as such the expectations are there but in reality it is very hard to go unbeaten throughout the season. It is such a rarity that it hasn’t happened within the men’s game in quite a while.
Chieck Daikete (34) reacts after making a play against Virginia Tech in the Hokies’ 78-71 defeat of Wake Forest. picture appears courtesy of Chuck Burton……
Last night we saw Virginia Tech take on and beat Wake Forest the nation’s lone unbeaten team succumb to the Hokies 78-71. Finally after all the discussion out there amongst the fans as well as the pundits on television we had our answer. There isn’t a team nor was there one good enough to go unbeaten throughout the regular season. And but for the proselytizing and prognosticating one doubts that we’ll see one for the foreseeable future.
Jeff Teague, top and teammate Al Farouq-Aminu try to deprive Virginia Tech’s Hank Johnson of the ball during the game. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chuck Burton …………..
In the college game it’s extremely difficult to go the whole season unbeaten and then maintain that frame of mind into the NCAA tournament. Where a loss in effect casts you into the annals of history as an also ran. The game itself between the two teams was filled with exciting play and a great deal of exuberance by both sets of players on the court. The star of the game for the Hokies was guard , Malcolm Delaney who scored 21 pts, dished out 3 assists , had 8 rebounds and was an allround presence on both ends of the court. So much so that the Deamon Deacons didn’t know how to handle the player. That being said the Deacons were no slouches themselves when it came to having an offensive presence which came in the guise of Jeff Teague . He’d go on to score 23 points for the team in the loss.
Daikete tries to elude James Johnson(23) of Wake Forest during the game played at Lawrence Coliseum in Winston Salem , North Carolina. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Chuck Burton……
For Wake Forest and their fans this proved to be heart rendering loss as there was a great deal of pride at stake as well as that number one ranking atop of the polls. The ACC as a conference is known to have its powerhouses and is considered to be one of the better college conferences in the nation when it comes to men’s basketball. Last night however it was not to be for Wake Forest as they suffered their first loss of the season on their homecourt in Winston Salem, North Carolina. That being said there’s still enough to play for both teams within the ACC. And as tough as it is I doubt that either has given up on their postseason aspirations. And that’s a berth in the NCAA tournament.
From left to right players Chas MacFarland, Tony Woods , Gary Clark and James Johnson look on as the final moments wind down in the team’s loss to Virginia Tech 78-71. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chuck Burton………………….
The rankings as they now stand will no doubt place the Duke Blue Devils number one. As to where Wake Forest will fall within the polls remains to be seen. With their conference (ACC) record standing at 4-0 and overall record at 17-1. It has to be said that coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team Duke is where it wants to be. Such is their program that they remain as such the college program against which all are judged over the past two decades. They’re now riding high and with the leadership of Gerald Henderson . It has to be said that this team may well have what it takes for now to make this season somewhat of a compelling one if they’re able to maintain their poise.
Malcom Delaney(23) and Paul Denham of Viriginia Tech celebrate their victory over Wake Forest . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Chuck Burton ….
The aspirations of a number of teams throughout the season are to acquit themselves well in the hope of making The Big Dance. That’s where the legends are made and should history avail itself then the fans will become enamored with a number of players. And so too will a number of NBA coaches and general managers. Nothing says hitting the big time than turning up and making a name for yourself in the NCAA Tournament. It has been done often enough and will be continued to be done for a long time into the future.
Unfortunately for a number of NBA professionals they’ll never know what it’s like to participate in the tournament itself. They’d foregone the pleasure of playing at the college level to find success and immeasurable wealth at the professional level in the NBA . Some have polished their game at the next level whilst others have not. That’s not to say that it’d be any different for a number of players who choose to remain in college for the permitted one year as is now required by the NBA. But such has been the lure of the NBA that it’s indeed very hard for an athlete not to want try his luck at the next level.
Now as the basketball year takes aim at the impending travails of getting into the heart of the season overall. We will see who has what it takes to make that push for glory. And who will fall by the wayside with nothing much to play for other than self respect. Such are the ways of the college basketball season that keeps us enthralled for much of the season. But come the NCAA Tournament it becomes a compelling suspense thriller filled with heroes and villains. The problem however is discerning which is which ? So watch closely to see who’ll be cast in the role of a despicable villain. And who’ll be cast as the hero of the piece.