You are looking live at the Hilton Coliseum, by reputation one of the rowdier places to play in the Big 12, so long as Iowa State is giving them something to yell about. That’s the case this season and the gym is filling quickly, thanks in large part to a long line of students waiting outside to get in here tonight for a nationally televised affair.
Now, this will change when the gym fills up and people are added to the background, but this is a very deep and open gym. It’s NCAA Tournament’y.
Now, I saw that will change when there are bodies in the background, and it will because it removes the depth, but it also adds distractions. There’s a lot to look at there.
The big pregame news here (that happened when I was in Mount Pleasant, for the record) is that freshman Terry Henderson, the team’s starting shooting guard and heretofore most reliable 3-point shooter, is back on campus with a lower back injury.
Curious what Bob Huggins will do? Me too. We know Juwan Staten is here and he is scheduled to play. Let’s pencil him in with the starting five with Hinds and, for all we know, Noreen and Rutledge. What of that second guard spot? Is it Eron Harris, at the risk of rattling the nice little off-the-bench groove he’s been in lately?
Is it Gary Browne, who gives the reserves a jolt? Let’s not forget those reserves include Aaric Murray and Deniz Kilicli, who were starters before Huggins found them lacking in an area, likely an area Brown’e play benefits.
Is it Keaton Miles? You say that’s not likely because he’s been out of sight and mind lately, but he has the most starting experience and would also cause the fewest rotation disruptions.
Is it a wild card, like Aaron Brown or Matt Humphrey?
Let’s find out!