Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2010 4:43 pm

And we're off...

By: Drew Franklin
11:30 AM

The excitement is high and the credibility is low in this northbound chariot of college basketball ridiculousness.  I must say, when CBS Sports first offered us a vehicle and an expense account, I thought they were recruiting us to play point guard at USC.  Turns out they were just looking for a group of guys willing to live out of a rental car for 11 days while checking out some of college basketball’s most prestigious venues and bracket-busting games.  Now that we can do…

Our man-tastic voyage set sail this morning from Lexington, KY.   Our vessel, a Kia Rondo, is jam packed with everything a college basketball blogger would ever need:  computer equipment, media credentials, schedules, scouting reports, a ‘Blogger on Board’ window decal, and more 5-Hour Energy shots than Osi Umenyiora and Braylon Edwards can endorse.   

As of right now, we’re somewhere in Indiana en route to Marquette in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We don’t have a whole lot to report thus far, other than a windmill farm in Indiana and Tomlin’s Ashton Kutcher-like celebrity status on Twitter, but we’ll pick things up once we arrive at our first stop.

I’m signing out for now.  Tomlin will be on here shortly to tell you a little more about what’s ahead, if we can get him to quit singing this ridiculous song from the backseat:


Posted on: February 18, 2010 4:23 pm

Welcome to the 2010 College Basketball Road Trip


Welcome to the beginning of one of the poorer decisions we and CBS Sports have ever made.  This is the CBS 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 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   We are off.

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