Beginning Nov. 12, the Blazers will start the season off by playing Saint Leo at 8 p.m.
I am extremely excited for the beginning of the season because VSU school spirit is at its finest.
The students pack the Complex with their red and black attire, while the basketball teams feel the presence of the students as they yell chants to support the team.
The Lady Blazers start off their season playing Edward Waters on Nov. 13 at 6 p.m.
This game is exciting for me because, apart from my love for football, I am ready to see some passionate ladies playing just as hard as the men at VSU.
I’m hoping to see a better turnout for the Blazer basketball games than the support I’m seeing for the football team right now — which is disheartening.
There are many events already set up for the basketball season including Mark Kizer and Spark making appearances and the Complex Crazies packing the gym.
The love for the game is seen throughout these events and my hope is that it rubs off on the student body, seeing as how we might need it.
Last year, the mens basketball team had so many talented players who were worthy of playing in Division I, and because of that our expectations for VSU were set high.
Yet this year, although I am ready for our season, the players actually have something to prove.
After all, last year’s team went to the Elite 8 championships in Springfield, Mass. and posted the best record in school history. Talk about tough shoes to fill for a team that returns just three players from last year’s roster.
For the Lady Blazers, the question remains. Can they finally beat hated Gulf South Conference rival Delta State? For the sake of the program, I hope so.
With all this and more on my mind, I am eager to put on my VSU attire and root on another season of Valdosta State hoops. Who’s with me?