The Big Dance-Part 1

First off, you asked so you shall receive. Kind of hard to see, but this is the best picture of me with the #23 on my cheek from the ACC tourney.

At any rate, greetings from the quaint city of Little Rock, Arkansas! It’s only been about 24 hours since we arrived in the hometown of Bill Clinton, but I think we have already exhausted all the options for having fun or relaxing. It’s been good so far, though. Last night we relaxed in the hotel and had dinner at a nice little Italian restaurant.

Today, we attended an open practice for the ‘Canes, as well as the Texas Longhorns, the Austin Peay Governors, and the St. Mary’s Gaels (BOO) who UM will take on tomorrow. UM spent most of its allotted 40 minutes just shooting around, with star Jack McClinton draining about 20 three-pointers in a row at one point. The team looked loose and relaxed, and we can only hope they’re just as relaxed tomorrow, although slightly more focused.

The game tomorrow is at 12:30 pm EST, and takes place at the Alltel Arena in North Little Rock for those of you who might be in the neighborhood tomorrow. If you won’t be able to make it to Arkansas for the game, you can catch it on CBS. If you won’t be near a TV, you can follow along with UM trumpet player Corey Erb, who is here not only as a member of the band, but also as the media representative from the Miami Hurricane, UM’s student newspaper. Corey has a blog going to document his journeys with the ‘Canes basketball team, and he will be giving periodic updates during the game. Follow along with Corey’s Stories to stay updated.

My bracket is doing pretty well so far, the only wrong pick I’ve had is picking Kentucky over Marquette. You can check in the sidebar of my blog to keep track of how I’m doing.

We’re trying to find a place to eat dinner tonight, almost every restaurant in the area is 21 and over, as the only thing there really is to do in Little Rock is drink. It may be another evening at Gusano’s, one of two eateries in the entire town that allow minors in.

Until later on, Go ‘Canes!

ACC Tournament – Day 1

Greetings, from Charlotte, NC! I’m currently in the hotel getting ready to go cheer on the ‘Canes in Game 2 of the ACC Tournament today, but I thought I’d give you a recap of the first day before i went any further, since I know you are all begging for more boring info about me!

The day started (or should I say continued–no sleep was had) at 4 am, when the Basketball Band met at the School of Music to depart for Miami Airport. After a psychotic bus ride took us 65 mph down Red Road and landed us at MIA a good 20 minutes early, we enjoyed a comfortable half hour of standing and doing nothing while we waited for the ticketing counter to open.

Finally we made it on the plane, and 2 hours later found ourselves in quaint little Charlotte. Our first stop was an IHOP for breakfast (it was only about 9:15 by this point), and then we moved on to the hotel where we packed ourselves all into one conference room because our hotel rooms were not ready yet. Notice a theme here?

With 30 minutes until we were supposed to leave for the arena and no rooms, still, we had to get ready for the game in the conference room and adjoining bathroom. Despite the close quarters, everyone was ready and we rolled on time and arrived at the arena in time to see Florida State (BOO!) knock off Wake Forest. After a brief break, it was time to start the important game.

The game started with an 11-2 Miami run for the first 8 minutes of play. A time-out with 12:20 left in the first half rejuvenated NC State, and they came storming back to tie the game up at 14 in the next 4 minutes. After this, UM scored 9 unanswered points to build up a lead, and at halftime they led 24-17. Some interesting first-half stats:

  • “Savior” Jack McClinton has yet to score a field goal
  • James Dews (who’s number 23 was on my face) is leading the team in scoring
  • Everyone in the UM Band has been awake for roughly 32 hours

The second half opens up with some sloppy basketball, with many turnovers, fouls, and missed free throws. Miami goes on another 8-0 run to push the lead to 38-23 and doesn’t look back, as they push forward and end up with a 63-50 victory. Some stats at the end of the game:

  • McClinton ends with 8 points, nine below his regular-season average
  • Dews leads the ‘Canes with 14 points (all because his number was on my face)
  • Everyone in the UM band has been awake for roughly 33 hours

Today, the ‘Canes head back out onto the court to face the #4 (in the ACC) Virginia Tech Hokies. The game will take place at 2:30 pm EST on ESPN2. Go ‘Canes!!!