With all of the BCS and NFL news filling up the Sportscenter broadcasts it is easy to not notice that NCAA basketball season has arrived. This is by far my favorite sports season of the year (I'm sure there being no UTA football influences that. C'mon Pres. Spaniolo, get on that ASAP...). So get out and support your alma maters this season.
Now for my UTA Movin' Mavs, it is going to be a season of unknowns. We have zero seniors and lost a big chunk of our scoring when Marquez Haynes graduated. That said, we have probably our most athletic recruiting class in school history (we even got a guy named Shaq...) that will be taking the floor. It should be interesting to see how it all comes together. We were picked to finish dead last in the West division of the Southland Conference, so the sky is the limit. Then again, the last time we were picked 6th we found ourselves in the dance. Who knows what will happen...
No matter what, this will be a season that goes down in the history books. This will be the last season Texas Hall will be used, which means no more ballin' on The Stage. As sad as I am I won't be able to see opponents mis-judge the distance to the edge and fall into the orchestra pit (I've seen it at least 5 times), I am just as excited for the new College Park Center to open next year. It's been a long time coming and I know the basketball and volleyball teams will enjoy the move.
Now, I'm off to go scan the tv guide I can plan for all the games I need to watch. The 2010 - 2011 basketball season has officially begun. Enjoy!