What? You mean there is another clutch player in the Big XII besides uber-phenom Kevin Durant? The entire country watched Saturday night as Texas A&M's indefatigable senior PG Acie Law, IV, dropped a three point bomb in the face of Kansas' ballyhooed Brandon Rush in the waning seconds of what proved to be an epic clash for sold possession of first place in the Big XII.
In a sport dominated by the NBA-worth talent teams comprised mainly of freshmen and sophormores, it's nice to see a senior step up and assert their will on a game. Add to the surprise of this upset (and it is a legit upset) the fact that in 31 tries, no Big XII South team has ever won in Phog Allen Arena, until now. Tonight on Big Monday we get to see everybody's consensus player of the year, Kevin Durant, march his Texas Longhorns in Aggieland and take on college basketball's most dominating defense. It will be quite a sight to see which player steps up to take the interstate crown: the phenom freshman or the unflappable senior. Should be a great game to watch.
And in yet another sign of the Apocalypse, FSU manages to defeat the Dukies in hallowed Cameron Indoor Arena for the first time, well, ever. The Cameron Crazies apparently sat stunned at the sight of the Seminoles partying up at midcourt. Can you blame them? Take nothing away from the effort by the underdogs, but this is a Duke program that hardly belonged on the Top 10. Their guard play is a far cry from the days of Bobby Hurley or Jason Williams. While recruiting players that are usually a combination that is both cerebral and freakish athleticism, this years team shows a front line that will no doubt end up in the NBA and a backcourt that will be luck to play in Italy. Look for the monster rivalry of North Carolina and Duke, this year, to be anything but. I expect the Tarheels this week to kick the Blue Devils right out of the Top 25.