NBA Lockout Will Result in New-Found Appreciation for College Basketball

Joshua Carroll@JoshmaniiiCorrespondent IINovember 19, 2011

Has there ever been more anticipation surrounding the college basketball season?

Have you ever seen people so excited to finally see some basketball on their TV besides NBA 2K and Hardwood classics?

Basketball fans are at the point now where they don't really care if they are watching their favorite team or their favorite player. We just want to see some basketball, so it only makes sense more and more people will turn to college basketball.

The sport is clean and untainted by greed. There are more teams resulting in more games for fans to tune into to. 

The passion the players play with is unbelievable—it is not their job; it's just the game they love. 

The fans are some of the most passionate beings on the planet as they pack out their arenas in an attempt to give their team that edge.

In reality, the lockout does wonders for college basketball, for these young talents looking for exposure.

College basketball gets it's fair share of publicity, especially in March. However, it's never been appreciated as much as it is now.

Let's accept it. There's no NBA right now, and we don't know how long this lockout will last.

But we do know that there is nothing that can affect the beloved game of college basketball.  

The talent is amazing and forever improving. There are crazy finishes and great players who will eventually play at the next level.

There's always a chance for an upset, which makes college basketball one of the most exciting things to watch.

Truth be told, I assure you that there are some rookies out there wishing they stayed in college if they really knew what they were getting themselves into.

Instead they are sitting around doing who knows what. Pretty sure this is not exactly what they envisioned when they used to daydream about their rookie season.

The bottom line is college basketball is not a bad second option, if that's what you want to call it.

There are great stories, there are great coaches, there are awesome displays of gamesmanship day in and day out and huge conference games scheduled.

Go ahead and tune into ESPN, and get your fix of basketball. If you have to use creative thinking and pretend it's the NBA, nobody is judging you.

Do whatever you have to do in order to survive this lockout, but I'm just saying, college basketball is a little light in the tunnel.

If the lockout lasts all season, when football is over in February, college basketball will reign supreme before March for the first time in a very long time.

Basketball is basketball, whether it is millionaires playing against each other or the young talent of the future playing the game they love for free. 

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