Well now the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos can turn the page on last season and get on with defending their CCAA, West region and national titles.
They represented quite well in a hostile environment on the big stage against the top Division team in college basketball, losing to Duke 81-60 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Thursday.
The experience the Broncos have gained in their last two games will serve them well as they proceed. There can be no more pressure than playing for a national title on television or going toe-to-toe with one of the most storied programs in the country.
The Duke folks, their wacky fans and the media were all impressed with how the Broncos performed. It was quite an endorsement from knowledgeable basketball folks.
Perspective is interesting though. The local papers talked about a blowout. Well is 21 points really a blowout? It might be if its Duke vs. North Carolina or Wake Forest. Is 20 points really a blow out against a Division II school?
Cameron is smaller than one would think. It’s one of those quaint old buildings with lots of history. And the Cameron Crazies were just as advertised. They are literally right on the backs of the writers on press row. At first I thought it was going to be annoying. It actually turned out to be quite amusing. The Crazy behind me was actually from Santa Cruz. Go figure! They know how to heckle without getting personal.
Covering smaller colleges is a great gig but it was great to get a taste of the big time too!