Despite playing two exhibition games, USI’s men’s basketball team won’t actually start its season until Nov. 19 at Kentucky Wesleyan. Which should be an interesting match-up if only because KWC will have already been playing for a couple of weeks. The Panthers, after playing an exhibition at defending NCAA Division I national champion Louisville on Oct. 29, open their season at home with a tournament — the Preseason Classic — against Quincy and Lake Erie, Nov. 8 and 9. Then it plays at Young Harris on Nov. 16. Then comes the USI game at the Sportscenter.
By the way, new KWC coach Happy Osborne has brought in five Division I transfers, the most notable being Devin Langford, a 6-7 redshirt sophomore who transferred from Illinois. He sat out his freshman season with the Illini after breaking the ring finger on his left hand. Last season, he played in 22 games, but scored only 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in 94 minutes. He averaged 21 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists his senior season in high school in Alabama. He led Lee High School to the Class 5A state title as a junior and to a state runner-up finish as a senior.