Practice day in the B-Lo
Arrived in Buffalo after 10 p.m. last night and the town was lifeless. I didn't bring a coat because I refuse to wear one in mid-March, regardless of where I am. It wasn't too cold, and the people were nice enough. I'll give Buffalo time because fans haven't come yet and because I got so many terrific, lengthy emails from folks giving me scouting reports on the restaurant scene here. I'll have to try the wings at Gabriel's Gate and some of these other places. The biggest obstacle may be dragging some writers along with me.
Traded bracket analysis with the elusive Patrick Stevens at the tiny hotel bar for a little bit and then called it a night. This decade, there have been four men who overcame coaching hurdles or perceptions to win the national title: Jim Boeheim, Gary Williams, Roy Williams and Billy Donovan. The one who has something to prove this year: Bill Self, another reason why I have Kansas winning the title.
Word on the street is that Duke and Maryland might be staying in the same hotel here. Imagine that. I wouldn't expect Coach K and Gary to be yapping it up around the egg station at the buffet breakfast, but stranger things have happened.
All the teams are practicing today. I'll provide updates when I can. I don't expect much media here in part because this is a mid-major convention that includes five well-respected mid-major programs. I love mid-major conventions. I'm really looking forward to seeing Stephen Curry and A.J. Graves. There seems to be a growing sentiment that Davidson can pull this thing off. I'm not in that camp right now, unless Maryland confuses Davidson with the Miami Hurricanes. But Davidson can rebound, at least against the competition it played in the Southern Conference.
Interesting story by ATM Kilgore on the potential of a 16 beating a 1. The NBA age restriction clearly reduced the chances of such an upset happening in the near future because the top teams feature a few players who otherwise would have been in the league.
If there is one question that I should ask one of the Maryland players, or any player for that matter, let me know what it is and I will try to ask it.
March 14, 2007; 8:15 AM ET
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