Welcome Back Heels and Hens!

This week, the NCAA basketball season got underway in earnest — always a fun time — full of hope and curiosity as you begin to gauge where your alma mater(s) are compared to the competition.  Who's going to be "tough" this year?  Can anyone be this year's George Mason?  et cetera.  And the best thing is: compared to the mess that college football is every January, you know that come March you'll get all your answers.

Of course, the most important question of any basketball season is: who will win the ACC?  Having gone to grad school in Chapel Hill, I am of course a little biased to North Carolina.  This year's team should be another strong one, with 4 of 5 starters returning from last year's 23-win team, plus a strong freshman class.  A couple of early games against Ohio State (Big Ten — pffft) and Kentucky will be an interesting barometer for this team.  Of course, all that really matters is beating Dook.  The Heels opened up the pre-season NIT by beating up on Sacred Heart.

My other alma mater, where I went to college, is the University of Delaware, which is unfortunately not quite as much of a basketball powerhouse.  The Fightin' Blue Hens opened up their season tonight by taking one on the chin against Marist.  Despite making the tourney a few times early in this decade, expectations are low this year for the Hens. They have a new coach (an assistant from St Joe's in Philly) and are not predicted to contend in the Colonial Athletic League.

It's good to have college basketball back.  Go HEELS!  Go HENS!

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8 thoughts on “Welcome Back Heels and Hens!

  1. My mother-in-law went to Delaware and every single year goes to the Homecoming basketball game with some of her college buddies. Ever been to the Glass Kitchen restaurant? She dragged me there the last time we were in DE (her parents and siblings live in "slower lower" DE) and I was told it's the traditional locale of post-Homecoming game eating.

  2. hey…speaking of the hens, me and a bunch of college buddies and our wives are going to the UD/Nova FOOTBALL game on saturday! we all went to UD, so it will be our own little homecoming game. though i grew up in DE, I can't say I have ever been to the Glass Kitchen. Where is it?

  3. Yes, in fact, my wife and I met at UD, she is a Jersey Girl, I grew up in North Wilmington. Graduated UD in 99 with BS-Computer Science.I can remember a few homecoming celebrations in the rain and mud. What a blast! Got my mom to take the little one off our hands for the day and gonna go do some tailgatin' tomorrow! Hopefully it live up to all of the hype.

  4. Oh, Oh, Oh…..i think the caffeine and rain is affecting our friend's perception of the world. Dook? Reddick – for cryin' out loud!!??? You're better off embracing the Pac-10, my friend. Gotta say – best basketball venue IN THE WORLD? The Pit at Oregon in Eugene. It doesn't get anymore real than that. 1920's all wood construction – not sure they even play games there anymore – but the place would just resonate with the three stories of noise – all jammed up on the sidelines of the bball court.

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