By DOUG EADS
The Campbellsville-Somerset University Tigers are coming into year number two as a collegiate basketball program with very lofty expectations and high aspirations.
And why not?
Al Gover’s club went 8-6 over the second half of last season — its inaugural year as a college basketball program — which included a third place finish at the end of the season in the Christian College National Invitational Basketball Tournament.
With several players returning, and a very good mix of incoming freshmen with an abundance of talent, the future looks very bright for CU-Somerset.
On Tuesday night, Gover and his team unveiled a glimpse of things to come for the upcoming season with CU-Somerset’s annual Maroon and White night at Somerset Christian School, and afterwards, the Tigers head coach came away very pleased with what he witnessed from his team.
“We’ve definitely got a lot of things that we need to work on, but I thought our kids played very hard in front of a crowd for the first time,” stated a very happy coach Gover.
“I thought we had a few jitters tonight, and I think some of the guys tried to do a little more than their capable of doing at times,” added the Tigers head coach. “For the most part though, I thought they played pretty well, especially offensively. Defensively, we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
The Tigers open the 2019-’20 college basketball season this coming Monday night, October 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Somerset Christian School, against a very good Marion University out of Indianapolis.
Gover says while he knows that game is going to be a very stern test out of the gate for his club, he can’t wait to get year number two underway for the upstart program.
“We’ve been beating on each other for awhile now, so we’re looking forward to getting a chance to beat on somebody else,” pointed out Gover.
“Marion’s coming in as a very highly touted team, so it’s going to be a very good home opener for us, and I hope to see a big crowd out here at Somerset Christian School next Monday night,” Gover added.
Tipoff for the Marion game is set for Monday night at 7:30 p.m.