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Random thoughts from a quarantined basketball writer

- Left the room only once today to buy a Coke and lunch... must finish story for Sunday.... feeling kinda gross
- Colonials looked pretty good last night. Makes you wonder what could have happened this season if they looked this tough every night.
- A sign outside of my room reads "CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS." Of course, it's kind of hard to see from here because it's covered by one of the four massive towers my hotel/casino.
- Did you know Clarence Thomas graduated from Holy Cross? Thank you ESPN.
- You just knew that there was NO WAY that Miami could beat Boston College. NO WAY. Of course, I would have said that 'bout Maryland.
- No. 3 GW plays No. 7 Saint Louis tonight. STL beat GW earlier this year and is probably a slightly more talented team. Still, St. Louis was streaky in the regular season and landed this horrid seed.
- Atlantic City is a much larger, dirtier Reno with lots of expensive blackjack tables and not enough budget ones like you'd find at the CircusCircus on Virginia Street.
- Still, the view of the Atlantic Ocean is kind of cool, although it's not the one I'm used to. Then again, I'm not used to seeing factories churn out smoke 24/7. Thank you, New Jersey!
- I so called Miss. State beating Kentucky, although it will be sad if Tubby Smith gets fired on account of a freak play.
- Went out last night with a couple of the guys from the GW Hatchet. Future editor Jake Sherman did his dead-on impression of GW athletic director Jack Kvancz, watched a man who shouldn't have been drinking make an ass of himself at Hooters and then hit the craps and blackjack tables, where I coached young Jake into some extra cash while throwing my own money away...
- Boardwalk Hall is a cool place for a basketball game. The place looks like a giant airplane hanger that they decorated in the 1930s, but somehow it works out.
- I read down below that Prisbell and Kilgore are thinking of having dinner with the elusive Patrick Stevens. Make sure to ask him to do the Lord Groh and Waylan Smithers impersonations!
- Somehow I doubt that Bobby Knight is in as good a mood as he was in yesterday.
- For the record: Jason Cain's mustache is holding up a lot better than Boom Osby's 'fro, which to me is still the upset of the year.
- Nevada guard Kyle Shiloh slipped on a giant halfcourt logo and tweaked his hammy. He would return in time for the NCAAs. Nevada Coach Mark Fox is annoyed.
- Going to Boardwalk Hall to catch some of the other semifinal game. Xavier vs. Rhode Island. I say Muskateers by 15.

By  |  March 9, 2007; 5:47 PM ET
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Way to go Marc!

Posted by: goodstuff | March 10, 2007 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see that the young man making a drunken ass of himself and blowing money in a casino isn't me for once.
I don't know if I'll ever live down the 2nd half of the Olympia game...

Posted by: AlecW81 | March 10, 2007 2:47 AM | Report abuse

As a fan who was at the UVA game, Adam, you missed a key part of the story in the game. UVA dominated the first half, but all the life was taken out of them when the refs called 5 fouls (several of them that were iffy at best) in the first 2.5 minutes. Several of the best players were stuck on the bench for a big chunk of the first 10 minutes when NC State made their comeback.

Even after that, UVA came back and had a chance to win but the refs took it away again with two absolutely horrible calls. One which fouled out Jason Cain that should've been a held ball, and the other that should've been a 3 pt play for Diane, but instead became a player control foul. The fans in the arena all knew it and Leitao clearly knew it when he threw his jacket. I have never seen such terrible officiating that so influenced the outcome of the game.

Posted by: Ryan | March 10, 2007 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Some of the ACC traditionalist press corps (e.g., Lenox Rawlings, Winston-Salem Journal) are griping about the tournament being held in Tampa, claiming there's no buzz. Therefore, I'd love to see Boston College and Virginia Tech in Sunday's final, if only to tick them off even more.

Posted by: Vincent | March 10, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Put on your dancing shoes Marc baby!

Posted by: DANCEDANCEDANCE | March 10, 2007 9:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: LET'S GO GEE DUB!!! | March 11, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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