MATT JONES: 8:00 AM
Welcome to the beginning of one of the poorer decisions we and CBS Sports have ever made. This is the CBS Sports.com College Basketball Road Trip for 2010. You don’t know who we are, but hopefully you will learn over the next ten days. I am Matt Jones and taking the trip with me are C.M. Tomlin, TJ Beisner and Drew Franklin and over the next 11 days, we will be going to 10 college basketball games from locations as diverse as Lawrence Kansas to Ithaca, New York. In the meantime we will chronicle our trip and hopefully paint a picture of the diverse world of college basketball in ways that you haven’t before seen.
You may be wondering, “who are these guys and why would CBS want them to do a roadtrip?” That is a very good question and one we have wondered since we got the assignment. We run Kentuckysportsradio.com and for the last four years, we have been covering Kentucky basketball in the “most ridiculous manner possible.” Now it is time to take that reporting ethic national and move from simply making jokes about Billy Gillispie’s drinking and Rick Pitino’s carousing to making fun of more national topics like Luke Harangody’s hair and Roy Williams’ sensitivity to world issues. Whether we succeed is up in the air, but if Seth Davis can still have a job in television, there is hope for us all (we kid because we love).
The trip begins tonight with a game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moves from there to locations near and far. A look at our schedule:
Thursday: Pittsburgh vs Marquette
Friday: Old Dominion vs Northern Iowa
Saturday: Siena vs Butler
Sunday: Ohio St vs Michigan St
Monday: Oklahoma vs Kansas
Tuesday: Visit University of Kentucky
Wednesday: Florida St vs North Carolina
Thursday: Murray State vs Morehead State
Friday: Princeton vs Cornell
Saturday: Villanova vs Syracuse
Sunday: Duke vs Virginia
Over the course of the next 11 days, we will bring you the trip in all its ridiculousness, dodging snow storms, speed traps and Bobby Knight’s breath. It begins now and we hope you enjoy. And if you see a faded rented Kia Rondo rolling down the road, give us a wave. And if you are a student or a fan of one of the schools we are visiting or simply want to make suggestions or comments on the trip, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are off.