MU won by the rule with around 15:30 remaining. Wesley Matthews bobblehead night. Matthews, Giannis, DiVincenzo, and Budenholzer in the house for the occasion. Stephen Bardo on the call for FS Wisconsin. Steve Novak also in the house, got his autograph in the concourse. Was able to get to the lower bowl, but only at the half, which was after Giannis, Budenholzer, and Matthews left. Fairly weak effort on Matthews's part in my opinion, DiVincenzo lasted the whole game. Parked near courthouse.
Great OT game, almost double OT. Rule never applied despite a fairly large lead by Providence early in the 2nd half. PC's bench outscored their starters. Got Tony Smith's autograph at the half. Steve Novak also in the house, with family and late game didn't bug him. Jim Hassett there as PC's radio guy but never left the booth; again with the late end didn't bug him. Got to sit in lower bowl from 12:00 in the first half on, also got a free Culver's scoop as the next section had the winning 3-pointer. Tim Miles on the call for FS1.
MU won by the rule with 19:32 remaining, which was pretty early for a 9th-ranked Villanova team. Was able to sit in the VU section down low from the under 4 timeout through the end of the game. Got Donte DiVincenzo and Mike Kinsella's autographs on their remaining cards (for now with Donte at least). Sal Bando and Paul Hewitt both in the house; Bando was wholly unexpected. Parked near the courthouse, worked pretty well. 2nd of 3 games in 3 days due to a weird schedule for UWM & MU.
Markus Howard broke the Seth/Stephen Curry brothers' record for most total points scored by a brother combination. Stephen Bardo on the call, alas had run out of unsigned cards at this point. No obvious cards to get signed, Robert Jackson another cardless attendee. MU won by the rule with 7:43 remaining, really snuck up on it as they hadn't really had any chances until that possession. NDSU tough scheme but not quite the ball control needed to win this one, first loss I saw of the Bison after 5! games, 4 of which were road games.
Got Stephen Bardo's autograph postgame, that's all of his cards autographed for now. MU won by the rule with about 18:35 remaining. I was glad Grambling lasted that long, they looked pretty serviceable in stretches, just some foul trouble and general height disadvantages didn't help. Katzmans were all there, got down to the 17th row for the 2nd half. Joe Chapman in attendance but already had his autographs all set.
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