So, when you mix in these two factors, it should add up to a wonderful week for the nationally acclaimed Gauchos boy's basketball program.
Except for one huge consideration -- the Georgia Blazers.
Inside a crowded Milk House, the Blazers ran past the Gauchos 79-64.
And the first eight minutes gave the fans, college coaches in attendance and the media a clear indication of how the game would progress.
Kentavious Caldwell, the Blazers 6-foot-6 swingman in the 2011 class, helped propel his team to an early 24-10 advantage. His shooting helped dent a normally aggressive Gauchos defense.
At the half, all the Gauchos could do was bite off a bucket, trailing 43-31, heading into the fourth quarter. The lead was 57-44 for the Blazers with eight minutes remaining in regulation.
The Gauchos made a few runs at the Blazers, cutting the deficit under double digits on a couple of occasions. However, Caldwell's early four three-pointers and Henry Brooks added strength around the basket provided the needed cushion.
A great effort by guard Derrick Wilson of the Gauchos will be remembered briefly for those who support this talent rich program. Wilson produced 24 points in the loss. Kadeem Jack assisted with 13 points and Omar Calhoun had a quiet afternoon, scoring 12.
The Gauchos will return to the playoffs after securing two of three victories in the pool part of the competition. Schedule is likely to be released later.