Shortly before Coach Embree went and named a starter, the BasketBuffs tipped their preseason off against French professional side AMW France Elite ''Pro A'' All-Stars. After staying close for much of the game, the Buffs fell behind in the 4th quarter (playing by international rules, the Buffs have to deal with four 10-minute quarters, and a 24-second shot clock) before losing 86-73. A muted start to the season.
The loss, however, isn't as bad as it sounds. That French side is pretty good, having taken three their previous four exhibition games again collegiate competition (sweeping KU, and splitting with Virginia). They also feature bulky NBA power forward Kevin Seraphin. Throw in the fact that the game was being played on truly foreign soil, and an exhibition to boot, and I wouldn't read too much into the loss.
|Scene of the crime. From: Beau Gamble|
The biggest story to come out of the game, however, was the upsurge in Franco-American relations.
America and France have a long and storied friendship. Going back to the founding of our country, France has not only been integral to our creation, but in our continuance as a free society as well. They've given us many gifts over the years - Lafayette, money, and guns in the Revolution; the Statue of Liberty; a sporting stage to dominate other nations; the bikini - and in turn we've saved them from Ze Germans... twice!
The bonds of friendship between these two great countries were only strengthened yesterday afternoon, as the french radio broadcast of the CU/AMW France game brought down the house. Over the course of two hours, Francois and Nicolas shared their world with a tiny, but dedicated, band of Buffs. They were fantastic, coining nicknames ("Jelly" Scott, "Moumoute" or "hairy" Booker, "Mayor of Buffaloes" Dinwiddie, and "the Wonderful" Stalzer ), cracking jokes, describing the game in an honest manner, and even telling the world that "Kansas sucks." Couldn't have been any better (Replay available here and here, first link starts in french).
|Francois (?) interviewing Seraphin after a recent game. From: 7pm Production|
Go Buffs, beat the AMW France Elite ''Pro A'' All-Stars!