I must admit I’m guilty of something. I know football season is still going on and we’re on our way to back-to-back Western Athletic Conference championships, but I can’t keep my mind off of my first love.
We fell in love when I was 6 years old and since then I have been through so many highs and lows. From triumph to being hospitalized, nothing will ever become between me and my first love.
Yes, basketball has my heart and it has got my adrenaline pumping because the college season is now here! I hate to be biased when it comes to sports because I’m a sports lover no matter what, but basketball is my No. 1.
I have been extensively following the Bulldog and Lady Techster basketball program for four years now and I am so excited about this season in particular. After all the games I’ve been to, stats I’ve looked over and all the interviews with players and coaches I’ve conducted, I can honestly say that I haven’t the slightest clue of how this season is going to look.
That is in no way a bad thing. In fact, it’s quite exciting if you ask me. I love an unpredictable season. No one wants to go to games when they know it’s going to be a big blowout; that’s boring.
I like suspense, feeling like I’m going to have a heart attack at the final buzzer.
The reason I feel this season will be unpredictable is the same for both the men and women’s team. They are both fairly new teams starting from scratch. The women have six returning players and seven new players. The men actually started from scratch last year when they acquired a new coach and the team leaned on freshman point guard Raheem Appleby.
Last year was a little rough for them, but head coach Michael White has more experience and there are a lot of returning impact players and seven new guys. What can happen now?
The women have a few more hurdles to jump than the men. I say this because head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and her staff have scheduled one of the hardest slates that the Lady Techsters have seen thus far, featuring five SEC teams.
As sports editor I get asked a lot about how the men and women’s basketball team are going to play this year. What I want to say is they’re both going to have an awesome season and I have faith that they will. But when it comes to my opinion, I simply say, “Let’s just wait and see.”
Reina is a senior journalism major from Baton Rouge. Email comments to rjk...@latech.edu.