Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Somewhere, Ed Cota and Jeff Shepherd Will Be Watching

Tonight, in a culmination of ESPN's glorious College Basketball Marathon, the No. 1 North Carolina Tar Heels take on Kentucky in the Dean Dome at 9 p.m. on the World Wide Leader.

Surely, this isn't exactly what ESPN had in mind, what with Tyler Hansbrough out and Kentucky losing at home to Virginia Military Academy. That's just embarrassing.

But, this game still has plenty to offer. For starters, any time UNC is on national television, all eyes should be feasted upon the tube. The Tar Heels are always a fun team to watching, loaded with future NBAers. Philadelphia's own Wayne Ellington has one of the sweetest jump shots this side of Ray Allen, Ty Lawson is one of the fastest, most explosive point guards in the nation and Danny Green can do damn near anything on the basketball court.

Then there are the likes of Bobby Frasor, a heady backup point guard with some size, Will Graves, a gunner if ever there was one, the beast that is Deon Thompson and the 7 foot freshman Tyler Zeller, a young buck who filled in quite nicely for that other pale Tyler in the first game.

And then there is Kentucky. Sure, they underachieved last year and began the season with another terrible loss, but this squad has some talent. Unfortunately for them, not nearly enough to stop the machine that is the Tar Heels, even without the guy whose face Gerald Henderson broke.

So tonight, get comfy on the couch by 9 p.m. I know Ed Cota and Jeff Shepherd will.

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