If you didn't know the name Justin Gray
(#1) by now, you will know it tonight. His career high 37 points tonight to help put away the Wisconsin Badgers will certainly be noticed around the ACC, and likely around the NCAA. It is going to be an interesting year for the Deacons, who need to look for strong leadership from Gray, Visser, Strickland, and Williams. I think we've got a serious chance of getting into the sweet sixteen, but we're going to have to work for it, big time. Freshman Harvey Hale is going to need to live up to his hype, and only 4 points in tonight's game is not a good start. Tonight's game was closer than it should have been, and I hope Skip recognizes that and spurs those boys into playing harder. Gray was definitely a leader in tonight's game, going 12-12 from the line in addition to all the points he put up from the paint. He's gonna need to keep that up and everyone else is going to need to rise up to that level if we want to play ball in March this season.
This game also kicked off the basketball watching season for my group of Chicago-Demon Deacons. We went to the Avenue Tavern on Broadway where one of our number works and had a great time, even if Caroline did bring 8 Badgers with her!!