For someone who used to hate basketball with a passion, I sure do love the national tournament. Basketball, good food, basketball, good people, basketball and plenty of entertainment. It's so interesting and fun to watch teams from around the country and talk to coaches and players and see what they think of Branson and hear about their seasons. Everyone is super nice and excited to be at the tournament.
Watched portions of two different games today. Briar Cliff played Davenport (Mich.) in the first game of the tournament. BCU got down early, but made it a game late. Davenport had a few huge turnovers late, but the Chargers couldn't completely bridge the gap. It was a two- or three-point game in the final minute, but Davenport held on. Black Hills State took on Holy Names next. Hills went up big early, but got really sloppy late in the first half and early in the second and HN got within four or five. Hills ended up winning by 20, I believe.
I also caught a glimpse of the Bellevue/Ashford game this afternoon when I went back for a media reception (got homemade apple butter and a hand-made candle!) and all I can tell you is Bellevue is very, very tall.
I am thoroughly enjoying Branson. College of the Ozarks does a fantastic job with this tournament. The day it gets moved elsewhere will be a sad day.
Tonight: dinner with the team, Parade of Champions and USF vs. CofO. That should be a great game; I've heard they absolutely pack the place.
T-25ish hours until game time. Getting excited! Who ya rootin' for?!