Huge blowout, was over at 19:59. Hauser pretty good, Markus Howard was sick and didn't play well, Rowsey wasn't great either but good enough. Lots of assists all around. Finally got Chris Carrawell's autograph, had to get to the tunnel to catch him coming out after the half, where he said he'd catch me after the game (he probably knew it was going to be a win at that point). Steve Novak there but talking to Dan Fitzgerald for so long it wasn't reasonable to get his autograph afterwards. Dickey Simpkins in the house and got his autograph on 2 cards, he said he didn't have the Gold Reserve version of his card, so if I get extra of that I'll have to give him one. Snowy weather made the drive down somewhat slow but allowed for awesome parking. 1 for 1 on soda conversions. Kevin Edwards on DePaul's bench but the timing wasn't great since they lost by 18 and he was about 5 seconds before Carrawell coming back after the game.
MU won with like 13:29 left, a much bigger win than expected. Allie LaForce in town with CBSN. Successful soda retrieval on first try; SW corner of floor usher stopped me in pregame attempt at Shaheen Holloway autograph, Holloway and Chris Carrawell talked to each other going into the half, that stopped any attempts there. Got Mike Kinsella's autograph at the half, that was cool, also was able to stay in the lower bowl all game. Postgame Holloway attempt was close, he said he'd be back out, but I got ushered out with the late end so it wasn't going to happen. Somewhat rough parking even though I got in early due to 8:00 start.
Rule happened with XU up 7 with 6:40 remaining. MU got it back to 2 at one point but XU finished pretty strong. Was able to sneak down, but the spot I targeted filled just before I went down, so I had to settle for another, with very little leg room. Steve Novak, Bo Ellis, Bill Raftery in the house. Successfully got Chris Mack's autograph on my XU hat, not successful trying for Novak's - he was talking to Raft for about 5 minutes, I imagine Novak asking for broadcasting tips. Second time seeing XU this season after having seen their home game vs. ETSU a week and a half ago. Good effort for MU but XU a little better (best game of the night per Thrill Score).
Huge blowout, over roughly 19:20 remaining. Was able to sit down low the whole game due to the 6:00 start time. Dickey Simpkins and Jake Thomas in the house, no autographs as I was hustling back to relieve the babysitter. Successful on only soda attempt, had scouted it out. First time I noticed the resemblance between Andrew Rowsey and Lee Harvey Oswald.
With Michele, Zach & Whitney
Went with Mike, huge blowout. Over with roughly 12:17 left. Trice and King had been injured the day before so an already bad team had even less weapons than usual. Happ and Davison put up a valiant effort but it was just them. Perimeter defense needed to be awesome and at times it was serviceable, but MU way too good offensively to lose this one. Got Earl Tatum's autograph as he was 5 rows back of me. Saw Tony Smith and Pat Richter also. Brat combo $14 is super much but really no option with an 11:00 game time. They took down the Kirk Penney floor rush collage and replaced it with a big video board in the concourse.
Went w/ Bennett & Anna basically for free; Bennett had Kids Club ticket and Anna used the free Non-Con ticket that came with season tickets. Rule didn't happen until about 8:10 or so but MU led almost throughout. Arrived late (under 12 TO) as we got a late start with dinner & rush hour traffic didn't help us out. Parking was awesome though, went to yellow lot & they didn't have signs out; ended up being $2.00 for the whole time. First time seeing Vermont on the road although 2nd time in the BC as they'd been there in March for the NCAAs. Not a ton of defense in this game. Was thinking Pistons would be at the game since Buycks and Ellenson (and Luke Kennard) were on the team, no one showed even though the seats seemed to have been reserved for them. Kids were great, handled lack of snack well & stayed until the under 4, could have made it the whole game but I gave them the option.
Luckily started late (like 1:10 instead of 1:00 - CBSN the culprit somehow) as I was late, had dropped kids off @ Griffin's & had to pick up future tickets at Will Call; gambled and lost that the clockwise circle around the new Bucks arena would be faster than around the BC, then had to double back. 1 for 2 on soda attempts, first was thwarted as the lady I'd had call downstairs last time was consulted virtually immediately. Very back-and-forth the whole time I was there, had to leave with about 2:00 left as the kids had arrived across the street for game #2 of the day. First time seeing Georgia at all, team #272; #390 in game combos and #543 overall. Will hopefully see them again at the SEC Tourney but this was nice to knock them out for sure; plus the road factor. Georgia must have ruled them after I left, so a very late rule. MU players picked Offense over Defense 7-4 in the Qdoba Either Or Challenge, which I found humorous as I'm sure Wojo would have been kind of pissed about that, although it is an accurate reflection of this team.
EIU won by the rule @ 6:59 but MU broke it after getting it to OT. Dama was very good but fouled out in the last minute of regulation, which didn't help the Panthers. Cheatham had transferred earlier in the day/week so that really hindered MU. Tone Boyle on the sidelines as an assistant at EIU, former UWM player. Starks, Dama, Crossland and D'Angelo Jackson all very good D1 players with them, could see a scenario where Dama could help an NBA team.