Video: Afternoon Delight preview
November, 16, 2010
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com
This is where I was going to write the lyrics to "Afternoon Delight," but then I actually listened to "Afternoon Delight" again and, well, wow. According to Wikipedia, that song not only was on the radio in 1976 but was a No. 1 single. What were you guys listening to in 1976?! Not only is the song obviously dirty, but it's also completely terrible. Is "Afternoon Delight" the reason punk music exists? I have so many questions here.)
2 p.m. ET: La Salle at No. 17 Baylor (ESPN/ESPN3) -- As with most marathons, the middle section is where things really get interesting. (Not that yours truly would know; I have as good a chance of playing in the NBA as I do running a marathon anytime in the near future.) We have a pretty good parallel here: After an exciting start (Memphis versus Miami) and a comfortable cruise (everything after Memphis versus Miami), here's where things will really begin to heat up. Baylor doesn't exactly have the opponent of the century in Waco -- La Salle looks like a lower-tier A-10 team this season -- but the Bears will be playing without LaceDarius Dunn for the second straight game as Dunn finishes a three-game suspension for an alleged domestic incident involving his girlfriend. The La Salle-Baylor matchup also serves as the college hoops audience's first chance to see top recruit Perry Jones -- who might be a top-five pick in the NBA draft next season -- play alongside Quincy Acy in the Bears' frontcourt. With Dunn in the fold, the Bears are a potential Final Four team. Without him? We'll see.
4 p.m. ET: No. 24 Virginia Tech at No. 3 Kansas State (ESPN/ESPN3) -- And here we go. One of the three or four truly marquee matchups of the marathon, Virginia Tech-Kansas State has everything: Two Top 25 teams and conference contenders; two brilliant scorers at the guard position (Kansas State's Jacob Pullen and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney); and a raucous home-court environment that will instantly remind you of all you've missed so dearly in the past seven months. It's also a major proving ground for Tech, which has barely missed the NCAA tournament in the past few seasons thanks largely to lackluster nonconference schedules. With a win, the Hokies would go a long way toward solving that problem early. At the very least, Hokies coach Seth Greenberg won't have to hear the scheduling criticism this time around. This is a beast of a game for his team. And for fans of college hoops, too.
5:30 p.m. ET: Marist at No. 7 Villanova (ESPNU) -- Nova isn't likely to face a challenge from not-so-mighty Marist on Tuesday; the Red Foxes lost every game but one in 2009-10, finishing last in the MAAC in the process. In other words -- duh -- this should be an easy win for the Wildcats. But as with anything else, improvement is in the journey, not the result, and the chance to check out Jay Wright's new-look Villanova team will be worth a look. The Cats are an assemblage of talent at this point, a lot of very good players and talented youngsters. But are they a capital-T Team? After last season's disappointing finish down the stretch and the loss of All-America point guard Scottie Reynolds, Corey Fisher & Co. still have a long way to go toward proving they're worthy of their preseason plaudits.