Columbia’s student paper has been looking forward to this game for quite some time.

When the school year began, the paper’s very first issue published two stories on the basketball team’s looming game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

On Friday, the paper featured DeMarcus Nelson, and published a story affirming that the Lions will utilize a zone defense to “mask deficiencies” on defense.

And if you’d like to learn more about the Columbia basketball program, here’s a season preview story focusing on the team’s rise since 2003.