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How Does CBS Sports Hype An Un-Hypable Basketball Game?

Friday, February 1, 2008 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 9:04 PM, under , , , , , , ,

Athens, GA (Feb 1, 2008) - Sometimes when a television network puts together its broadcast schedule for the year, they hope they are right in their picks. In the case of CBS Sports, they put a lot of University of Kentucky Blue eggs in their basket, and hoped that tomorrow's 1:00 PM EST broadcast of the game between the Wildcats (9-9, 3-2 SEC) and the University of Georgia Bulldogs (11-7, 2-3 SEC) would be a game that matters come Selection Sunday. All that matters to these two teams right now is saving some face and hoping to come out on top.

Unfortunately, even though the CBS Sports press release calls this a SEC Showdown, it is not likely that even Gus Johnson could breathe life into this one to make it sound worth watching. So that fateful duty will fall to Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg, and it may not be easy. It will likely be a less than full Stegeman Coliseum and the crowd energy just is not what it was when Tubby Smith was coaching there. So CBS Sports Producer Steve Scheer and Director Jim Cornell are probably hoping the game is at least competitive. Perhaps "UGA" Dave McMahon, who is stage managing for the game will come up with some statistical gem for Charlie Carlucci to build into some fun to read graphics.

Meanwhile, Gus Johnson can sit back and smile in the studio and be thankful he is there and not in Athens this rainy, wet weekend. And note that UGA Coach Dennis Felton is doing as good a job as he can, and he deserves better support than he is getting from the fans (who seem to forget that UGA is, except for a couple of brief periods in their history, a "high end mid-major team").

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