Dan Shulman: Welcome to Madison Square Garden for our second game of the Jimmy V Classic, as the Indiana Hoosiers take on the Louisville Cardinals! Alongside Dick Vitale I'm Dan Shulman. Now Dickie V, tell us what to expec-
Dick Vitale: WELL DAN IT'S SO GREAT TO BE HERE IN THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS ARENA BABYYYYY! TWO BLUE BLOOD PROGRAMS ON A NATIONAL STAGE FOR A GREAT CAUSE - IT DOESN'T GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS!
HOW ABOUT THOSE HOOSIERS, THEY CAN SHOOT IT BABYYYYYY! JAMES BLACKMON JUNIOR, THAT KID IS A DIAPER DANDY! TOM CREAN HAS TO LOVE ALL THE POINTS THEY'RE SCORING! AND YOGI FERRELL, DAN HE'S A GREAT FLOOR GENERAL - REMINDS ME OF ANOTHER GENERAL I KNOW, THAT OF COURSE BEING MY GOOD FRIEND, ROBERT MONTGOMERY KNIGHT!
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COURT WE GOT LOUISVILLE! MONTREZL HARRELL IS A PTP-ER BABYYYYY! AND IF THE HOOSIERS DON'T COVER HIM IT'LL BE DISPY DOO DUNKAROO ALL NIGHT LONG! AND YOU KNOW RICK PITINO WILL HAVE HIS CARDS IN THE HUNT ALL SEASON BABY!
THE ONLY WAY THIS COULD BE BETTER IS IF COACH K AND DUKE WERE HERE TOO! BACK TO YOU DAN!
Well folks, it's finally here.
IU's marquee matchup of the nonconference season is tonight, as the Hoosiers take on the fourth-ranked Louisville Cardinals. This will be a very tough test for a young and undersized Indiana squad, as Louisville's frontcourt is a force and their second-ranked defense will be challenging our high-powered offense all night.
The game is taking place at Madison Square Garden and is part of the Jimmy V Classic, which is a tremendous cause, and it's always great to hear stories from the commentators about Jim Valvano and his legacy. The tip should be a little after 9:30 Eastern tonight, so make sure you have some caffeine in you for this one, and follow along with us and add your comments here on the gamethread.
Finally, in case you missed it, here is Kyle's stats-filled game preview, and here's my Q&A with Card Chronicle editor Mike Rutherford.