College Basketball Preview: No. 1 Indiana, UCLA, UNLV And Louisville's Rick Pitino Hope To Emulate Kentucky's Return To Glory
When Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama emerged victorious from the ’08 Presidential Election, the U.S. economy was cratering and the nation’s collective moral was plummeting faster than the Dow Jones. The same could be said for many of college basketball’s powerhouses mired in mediocrity.
Four years later, during the final weeks of Obama's re-election bid, the unemployment rate has finally dipped below 8% and the economy’s trajectory is trending upward. The same goes for a number of once great programs. While prograns such as Illinois and Houston and have yet to find the elixir for their basketball woes, a few programs are on the cusp of regaining their lofty statuses.
However, instead of returning America back to its perch as the “Shining City On A Hill”, these programs seek their return to the NCAA championship's One Shining Moment.
Another West Virginia passing record will fall when Maryland comes to Morgantown on Saturday.
Quarterback Geno Smith is just one passing attempt short of Marc Bulger's career mark of 1,023. The senior already holds the career records for completions, yards and touchdowns, so sometime, likely on WVU's first drive, the scoreboard at Milan Puskar Stadium will light up and Smith will officially be the most prolific quarterback in school history.
After that, a rivalry will be played out, perhaps West Virginia's last traditional rivalry that will be played regularly in the foreseeable future.
The Mountaineers played their last contest with Pitt in 2011 and their last with Marshall in Week 1 this season, and both series are yet to be renewed. However, head coach Dana Holgorsen expressed his interest in continuing the series with UMD in his press conference this Tuesday (via WVUSports.com).