[Damn it, we've crossed the streams. Make this your noon football open thread, too. - CG]
And the much-anticipated day has finally arrived: Penn State faces its stiffest challenge yet, when they take on a 2nd-ranked Kentucky team that can pretty much pick and choose the nation's best recruits. And my, do they have their share of top-notch recruits already making an impact in freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (13.5 ppg, 8 rpg) , Marquis Teague (14 ppg 3.5 apg), and Anthony Davis (18.5 ppg, 8 rpg). Not to mention sophomore studs Doron Lamb (16 ppg, 4.5 apg) and Terence Jones (11.5 ppg, 8 rpg) finishing out what accounts for one of the best starting five in the country right now. The Wildcats are coming off an impressive ten-point win against Kansas earlier this week, whereas PSU is coming off a hard-fought win against a Long Island team that flirted with an upset bid before succumbing to a late PSU run.
If you like watching the best talent college basketball has to offer, this game is for you. If you like watching a young, talented, group of underdogs with ATTITUDE, this game is also for you. For those of you trying to convince yourself that PSU has a chance, well..let's just say you're more likely to find Charlie Sheen living in a sober house.
Tip-off is at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN3.com. Unlike BTN.com, ESPN3's webcast is free (provided you're subscribed to a local cable operator, already), so watching this one should be a lot easier. There's also Steve Jones/Dick Jerardi on the Penn State Radio Network if you can't be in front of a computer.
As always, the same thread rules apply: No racism/sexism/homophobia/death threats, no porn (no, Rambler, not even of the 1900's B/W silent film variety), no streams of this game other than the ESPN3 broadcast, and no trolling.