Saturday afternoon walking around my room there was no joy, as you can imagine. We had just lost to our neighbors in the South, something that is never an easy thing to swallow. Then to top it off I get to see Scotty Hopson in his orange jersey (a color that seems to be more fitting this year) doing the John Wall dance. At first I was not happy, then moments later my perspective was changed.
The fact is that emulation is the highest compliment, and honestly who at Tennessee doesn't wish they had a player with Wall's talent? Wall coupled with DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson make up one of the most talented trios in college basketball history. So now we have to ask the logical question.
Can this trio lead us to No. 8?
This is something that many people have been looking forward to since Coach Calipari set foot onto campus. Now that it is March 2, we can ask this question and be serious with the season winding down this week. It looks like the Wildcats will most likely end the season overall at 29-2 (14-2), beating Georgia and Florida this week.
We are a heavy favorite going into the SEC tournament and would have to lose the first game of that tournament to lose a No. 1 seed in the NCAA draw. If we win the SEC we can set up a nice March run that could end in a hanging number from Rupp's rafters.
In this win, we would finally be back to where we belong. This could be the year we lay to rest the ghosts of 12 years. We will finally forget all the times it almost was. The losses to Michigan State in '99, the overtime heart breaker in 2005. No more Gerald Fitch's missed three-pointer against UAB or being just over matched against the likes of Kansas, UConn, and eventual champions Maryland.
In 2010, no matter the outcome, these memories will be erased. Lost will be the days of Fitch, Rondo, Hayes, Prince, and so many more. There will be Wildcats dancing in the Bluegrass state this March. This March should finally erase the destruction of a perfect SEC record that was Dwayne Wades' triple-double coming out party.
This season that is the road to No. 8 has exercised our demons, now we just wait for the final chapter.