Went w/ kids for Kids Club game. Dwyane Wade Day, Gabrielle Union, most 2003 teammates were there. Thurl Bailey also in the house. Pete Gillen on the call. Mascot party pregame, got Bernie Brewer's autograph. Bennett was taught a secret handshake by Bernie Brewer & Bango. Anna got face painted with a dolphin on it. Had to leave early due to kid, so no dice on postgame autos. Pretty good game, I think it ended by the rule after we left, would have been after the under 4:00 TO.
Lazar Hayward was in the house. Nick Bahe doing the game for FS1, so a bummer there. Good win for MU, got to move down to the 5th row for the 2nd half near SHU's section. George Mason Final 4 player Tony Shinn was an assistant coach for SHU and I got his jersey autographed after the game, cool for a loss but not ideal as he signed on the base of the jersey. Bradley Center still had a roof for now, apparently last time the DD was available up top at 414um.
Most of the Jazz were there, they play the Bucks in 36 hours so I hadn't expected them. Grayson Allen, Jae Crowder, Donovan Mitchell, Derrick Favors, Ricky Rubio, Georges Niang, Naz Mitrou-Long, Ekpe Udoh, Quin Snyder, Antonio Lang, Tony Bradley in the house. Got there way early as kids were going to a friends house. Being a Sunday, parked on street right next to MATC, that was awesome. First game I figured out the 2-free-soda trick. Wanted to get Zach Hankins's autograph, was blocked from getting to the lower level early; ended up eventually getting there 2nd half; even with the game ending with 14:45 left, Hanky was good with signing afterwards, he didn't have to do that but I was glad he did. Bardo on the call but didn't have any unsigned cards left of him. In hindsight, unlikely I'd have had a shot at any of the Jazz even with cards; there weren't really any open seats in their area.
With Ruthie and Ezra
Over by the rule with I believe 24:59 remaining; happened so quickly that it was past that when I noticed. Howard I think went for 23 in the first half. Got Stephen Bardo's autograph after the game, the last 2 I was after presently. Jim McIlvaine, Marcus Jackson, Jon Horford, Mike Kinsella, Steve Novak in the house. Parking tough, under courthouse.
Markus Howard scored 45, 40 in the 2nd half. Was able to move down to 20th row or so for most of the game but this was a near sellout. Jajuan Johnson, Duane Wilson, Jim McIlvaine all in the house (prob. back for Christmas). Stephen Bardo on the call for FS1. Got McIlvaine and Bardo autographs, Bardo marvelled at how Howard wasn't taking any credit for the 40 in a half. Bardo and Bo Ellis agreed that they won't be seeing that again in college basketball.
Marcus Howard drops 40 in the 2nd half on crazy 3s
Game with Pa.
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