Thursday, November 10, 2005

Tops vs. Bellarmine, New SCS Column

The WKU hoops team will be officially unveiled tonight at 7 pm. Well, most of the team will be unveiled. Two Toppers will remain veiled in street clothes. Freshman F Matt Maresca, who was redshirted last season after suffering a broken wrist, has a dinged foot and will be out. True frosh F Daniel Emerson is out with a fractured collarbone. He will be out for a couple of weeks. In addition, senior C Elgrace Wilborn will dress, but will see limited action due to a strained neck. The good news is everyone should be healthy in a couple of weeks, barring further injuries.

Bellarmine has played a couple of other D-I Kentucky schools very tough so far. The Knights lost to Louisville, 70-63, and to Murray State a 59-53 tally. With the Tops being shorthanded, it could be a good test for the home team.

Still, these questions should/could begin to be answered tonight.

1) Can newcomers Joemal Campbell and Orlando Mendez-Valdez handle the PG responsibilities? More importantly, does Coach Horn trust either of the two newbies to play the bulk of the minutes at PG?

2) How good is Mike Walker?

3) Was Benson Callier's Hilltopper Hysteria performance for real? Is he THAT good?

4) Will we really press a lot more this year?

5) Is all of the hubbub surrounding Ty Rogers' improvement legit?

My good friend, Mr. Sivart Worfner, has agreed to write a summary of tonight's game as the TBB will be prevented from attending by unavoidable circumstances. I'll post his take tomorrow.

Also, I have addressed "20 Questions" about the new season in this week's column on