Opening Game Salmagundi
Just finished filing the story for Florida State's tanking against UNC, which was a generally sloppy and disappointing game, with a final of 73-58. Safe to say that media members were not impressed with the basketball mind of Leonard Hamilton. Prisbell and I joked about asking Seminole players if the short preparation would be an advantage if they made the NCAA Tournament, since they never know what their opponent is going to do, anyway.
Some notes from that game and other sights from the media room, which is filling with reporters who just watched BC steal one from would-be Cinderella Miami in overtime, 74-71:
-Tyler Hansbrough wasn't himself today, and he admitted the clear, plastic mask with giant white velcro straps he wore was the reason. He wore it, as you know by now, because of the broken nose he suffered when Duke's Gerald Henderson drilled him with a forearm at the end of the game Sunday.
"He said he hates it," point guard Ty Lawson said. "You could tell it affected him. He missed a lay-up he wouldn't usually miss. He says he can't breathe with it that well." Hansbrough said he doesn't know yet how long he would wear the mask and he would have to get used to it. "But I don't know how," he said. The mask also affects his vision and is, "generally uncomfortable."
-Columnist Extrordinaire Mike Wise just arrived and immediately cracked about 84 jokes about meeting Maryland on the way down. He'll be offering his opinions on Virginia instead tonight. When he sauntered into the media room, Wise summarily attacked the media dinner spread , which opened at 4:30, like a wolverine at about 4:29. He devoured two pieces of fried catfish, a leg of chicken, a ham and turkey sandwich and a pickle. I asked Wise, a noted runner, if he had worked out today. "Running six tomorrow," he said.
-Basketball Bog favorite Isaiah Swann, Florida State lefty guard and a noted quote machine, kept two notes, scrawled on hotel stationary, from the FSU's trainer's daughter and niece pinned to the back of his locker. "You are a good player," one said, with stars all around the letter. Thought that was a sweet gesture.
-Typical move today by Daily Press Virginia Beat Man and General Menace Darryl Slater, a buddy from our college days at Syracuse. Slater struck up a conversation with the girls who pass out stat sheets here in the media room. As Seth Greenberg might say, Slater chatted with "a purpose." Lynchburg News & Advance Scribe Andy Bitter had noted to Slater the girls looked a tad young to him, but Slater, true to form, was undeterred. "So, what do you do?" he asked one. "Go to high school," came the response. Nice.
March 9, 2007; 5:20 PM ET
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