Saturday, March 28, 2009

PRE-GAME PRIMER: Only the Elite

Greetings from courtside at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Ready for some basketball?

In the latest example of how we're living in an instant-information age, we're told by a loyal blog reader that Jeff Adrien and Craig Austrie were Twittering this morning before heading over to the arena. Adrien reported on his rather large breakfast, and Austrie "tweeted" when the team left for the arena at about 11:20 a.m. local time.

I don't Twitter. I'm one of those 30-somethings who thinks he's kind of current because he's on Facebook.

Huskies just took the floor for pregame layups. I said it yesterday and I'll say it again: look for Kemba Walker, Stanley Robinson and Gavin Edwards to play prominent roles today. Walker can be a one-man press-breaker as the team's best ball-handler who open-court player. Robinson could be on the finishing end of a lot of alley-oop passes from Walker and A.J. Price today, and Edwards (the Arizona native) is at his best when running the floor.

Of course, UConn doesn't necessarily want to get into a running affair with Mizzou, but it's inevitable that at least part of the game is played that way.

Not a great atmosphere in this building. It's just too vast for basketball, or at least for a regional final. A Final Four, maybe, when most of the seats would probably be filled. Definitely seems like a lot more Mizzou fans in the house. Probably because of the novelty of it all, not to mention the long, expensive flights from Hartford to Phoenix.

Today's officials: John Cahill, Les Jones and Mike Littlewood. Sitting behind the UConn bench: Sal Bando, the former Oakland Athletic and Arizona State graduate.

That's it for now. Enjoy.

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