It's about that time. The Virginia Cavaliers have broken into some pre-season Top-25 polls, so the STL staff discusses what they will consider a 'successful' season for the Wahoo basketball team. Leave your answers below, or let us know on Twitter using #STLMidnightMadness!
Brian Leung: So, I think to answer this question, we have to set a standard for what "success" means (Yes, I am a lawyer; deal with it.). If we're defining "success" as "Wow, do you remember that 2013 season? That was great," then that's one thing. If we're defining it as "Phew, we didn't embarrass ourselves," then that's another. Let's start with the latter: if we don't make the tournament, I will be disappointed in the season, and barring some epic string of injuries, I won't consider this a success. And by "epic string," I don't mean, say, just Joe Harris #Swoon getting injured. It'll take more than just one guy down to pull down this whole team (remember two years ago when we were down to 7 players and only 13 healthy hands? Like that.).
Caroline Darney: Having expectations is petrifying. Seriously. I've been cautiously optimistic before, but this is a whole new ball game. I LOVE this team. I am so excited to get this season underway that I am legitimately scared. We have all the pieces for this to be an amazing season, from the great coach (I mean, he is the George Clooney of NCAA coaches!) to the balance of youth and experience to the enthusiasm and support of both the community and student body.
Oh, and maybe you've heard of Joe Harris (#swoon).
I will consider the first step to success beating VCU. I by no means will write the team off if they lose to a strong Rams squad, but oh my gosh I want to beat Shaka Smart so badly. The new ACC obviously complicates things, but as I think about all the weapons we have, I get super excited.
I want to compete for the ACC title, make it past Saturday in the ACC Tourney, and I think we can feasibly get to the Sweet Sixteen.
Wow. That's scary.