Nov. 12, 2012
CHAPEL HILL, NC - My travels with the men's basketball team have taken me to some of the most historic gyms in the nation. In fact, the very first trip I took with the men's basketball team was to Kansas' Phog Allen Fieldhouse, under then FAU head coach and KU alum Rex Walters.
That tradition has continued under Mike Jarvis, as he has taken the team to well known facilities like Rupp Arena (Kentucky), the O'Connell Center and a return trip to Allen Fieldhouse. Sunday's destination was the Dean E. Smith Center, home of the North Carolina Tar Heels. While the Owls' lost on the scoreboard, the experience they gained was invaluable. As Coach Jarvis told the freshmen prior to the game, their first official college game was played at one of the most recognizable arenas in the country, against one of the most respected programs and coaches in the country and was shown on national television to boot. That is an experience that they will have for the rest of their lives.
When they final buzzer went off and the two teams shook hands, the team was disappointed in their performance on the court, but I feel as though when they look back on that game one day, they will realize what a unique experience it was. While I don't think this will be the highlight of the season, it will serve as the promising start to what could be a highlight filled one for the entire team.