Darrin Horn will appear on SportsPageLive at WDRB.com at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- SportsPageLive is a live web show/chat that Eric Crawford and I host every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. We answer your questions, make predictions and discuss what's going to happen in the local sports scene.
We thank those that watch – and encourage others to join the discussion. This will be a perfect week to begin. Eric and Pat Doney are bound for Atlanta to watch Kentucky-Duke and Kansas-Michigan State.
I have recruited a replacement host. I think you've heard of him – and that you'll enjoy his perspective.
It's Darrin Horn, the guy who coached Western Kentucky to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2008 and developed Courtney Lee, Jeremy Evans, A. J. Slaughter and so many other talented players for the Hilltoppers.
Horn moved to Lexington (his hometown) after his dismissal by South Carolina last spring. He's doing TV work, starting with a game at Pittsburgh last Friday. He will be in Bloomington Monday night to call Indiana's game against North Dakota State. He's been to practices at Kentucky, IU, Michigan State, VCU, Kent State and other programs.
You'll learn something by listening to him. So join us at WDRB.com on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
You can ask questions and participate in the debate. In fact, you can start sending them today – to firstname.lastname@example.org or direct Twitter messages to @rickbozich.
*Louisville, Kentucky and Indiana all navigated their season-opening basketball games. The fun will escalate over the next seven days because all three will play two more games.
Kentucky was the headliner on opening weekend because the Wildcats defeated Maryland. And the Wildcats will be the headliner against this week because they play another Atlantic Coast Conference team -- Duke.
Kentucky plays Duke in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Tuesday night, the second game of a doubleheader that opens with Michigan State against Kansas on ESPN. UK fans know the way to the Georgia Dome. As I mentioned, so do Eric Crawford and Pat Doney. They'll be there.
First prediction: Kentucky fans will outnumber Duke fans 3 to 1, Michigan State fans 20 to 1 and Kansas fans 35 to 1.
Need I say more?
The Blue Devils are 1-0 after handling Georgia State by 19 Monday.
Most people will tell you that Duke center Mason Plumlee is the best of the three Plumlee brothers. He played like it against Georgia State, going for 19 and 14.
Seth Curry is Duke's second most experienced player. But he's not healthy. He got a bad wheel and a tender wrist, which made it surprising that he made 5 of 10 shots and played 30 minutes in the opener.
Duke has two top freshmen – Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon. They scored 11 points in a combined 43 minutes in the opener.
UK returns for its home opener Friday night against Lafayette. That's a team that went 13-18 last season and lost its opener on Friday to St. Francis (N.Y.).
Louisville has a pair of home games – Samford Thursday and Miami (Ohio) next Sunday at 4 p.m.
Samford is coached by former Indiana assistant Bennie Seltzer, who is assisted by former Kentucky star Scott Padgett. Samford lost its season opener to Austin Peay by 11. Miami has a new head coach – John Cooper. North Carolina State blitzed Miami in its season opener, 97-59. Sounds like 3-0 for the Cards.
Indiana plays Monday night against North Dakota State, a program that finished 17-14 last season and played in the CBI post-season tournament.
On Thursday life could get more interesting for the Hoosiers. They play Sam Houston State, which opened at Arkansas last Friday and only lost by five (73-68). NDSU is ranked 104 by Ken Pomeroy, Sam Houston only 271.