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NCAA tournament 2010: Rating Spokane

During the Maryland men's basketball team's media availability last night, an informal poll was conducted in order to determine which of the Terrapins' past two NCAA tournament sites -- Kansas City or Spokane -- was more appealing. The results were not so flattering. For either city.

Sophomore guard Sean Mosley said Spokane actually was a pretty nice city. In fact, he complimented the hotel Maryland is staying at in the downtown area. Or, at least, Mosley was pretty sure the team was staying in downtown Spokane.

"It’s a relaxing city," Mosley said. "We’re staying downtown, I guess, because there’s a lot of buildings and stuff, but it’s pretty neat, though."

Mosley said he would prefer Spokane over Kansas City, where the team played in the first and second round of the NCAA tournament last season.

"It’s different because in Kansas City there’s nothing to do out there," Mosley said. "You’re in the middle of nowhere. But Spokane is a nice city."

Not all of his teammates concurred. Junior guard Adrian Bowie described Spokane as "very boring" and said he would take Kansas City over Spokane.

"There was nothing to do," Bowie said of how the players spent their free time Thursday. "We just went out walking just to, like, find places to go, and nowhere. Just ended up walking around the hotel."

Junior guard Cliff Tucker agreed that Spokane was the more boring of the two cities, but then he followed up with an answer that would have made his coaches proud.

"We're not really worried about that though," Tucker said. "We're just trying to focus on the game."

By Steve Yanda  |  March 19, 2010; 8:08 AM ET
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Time to get back to the solid form of starting quick, keeping the pedal down on both ends and closing games out. With the added wake-up of yesterday's results there's no reason to think they won't.

That said, there is a theme out there of programs with modest records due to early season struggles finally getting it all together to become serious basketball teams. The Terps basically fit into that kind of development arc also. But the main point for today is that Houston definitely is on that storyline themselves. So they are probably "better than their seed."

Posted by: jake177 | March 19, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I suggest the gentlemen find their way to Riverpark Square, where they will find department Stores, specialty stores, 20 AMC movie screens, a food court and a number of restaurants in and around the mall. Don't know where they are staying, but all they need to do is ask how to get there. Right across the street is Riverfront Park, with walking paths and pedestrian bridges over Spokane Falls, a gondola ride and carousel. They can pick up a copy of the Pacific Northwest Inlander free at stands all over downtown for more suggestions.

Posted by: spokanite | March 20, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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