In 25 years, I've been wrong three times. New York isn't the capital of New York, Contact didn't win Best Picture, and regardless of what happens tonight, the Southern Conference Tournament is not going to be one of the most competitive of the 30 Championship Week has to offer.
The first two games of the four-day event featured Elon upsetting Davidson 66-59, and UNC-Greensboro topping Furman in a 66-65 thriller. Since then, a grand total of ZERO games have been decided by less than ten points. The average margin of victory in those eight contests was 16.75.
"Never seen anything like it," said made-up All-Sessions ticket holder Bryce Jacobson. "Every game is the '64 presidential election. I voted for Goldwater, if you know what I'm saying. You don't? What time does Furman play again?"
The lowest low point in this, the Jim Jarmusch film of Championship Week came Sunday evening when the four top teams in the league met in what was supposed to be a pair of hotly contested semifinal games. Instead, Wofford blasted Western Carolina by 19, only to be outdone by Appalachian State's 77-54 trouncing of College of Charleston hours later.
But there is hope. Tonight's 9 p.m. title game between Wofford and Appy State is a battle of the North and South Division champs, a couple of teams that played a 77-76 classic back on Dec. 7. ASU won that game, but the Terriers are the top overall seed in the tournament and winners of 12 straight.
It's the only nationally televised SoCon game of the year, so I suppose the lopsided theme of the past three days can be saved by a beauty this evening.
Little solace for Bryce Jacobson.