Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Crisscrossing the Nation for College Hoops - Louisville, Kentucky

Last Wednesday the college hoops gods sent me to Louisville, Kentucky, for a Big East contest between Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals and conference contenders Providence Friars. Here's the view from my hotel window:

Spectacular, isn't it?  My favorite part of the parking lot is the horse that's in the median.  It is thoroughbred country, after all.

Well, I know I'm not being fair to Louisville.  I'm sure it's a fine city, but the only part I've ever seen is the five-mile area of the airport, the hotel, and the fairgrounds, where Freedom Hall is located.  Word is the university is building a new basketball arena downtown, so perhaps the next time I go I'll be able to appreciate the city beyond its parking lots.

The game itself was an interesting one, especially for Providence.  The team shot 75% in the first half, a season high, only to throw up a bunch of clankers in the second half for a season-low 25%.  (Not to pat myself on the back, but we had a good graphic about that.)  Once the Cardinals smacked the Friars 94-76, the crew had an impromptu pizza party in the hotel lobby and watched Bryant Gumbel's sports show on HBO.

My next assignment took me to one of the nation's hipper college towns: Austin, Texas.

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