We got the #1 seed so will play all games in Tuscaloosa until we get to the final four in New York. We open up with the Northeastern Huskies tomorrow night at 8pm on ESPN2. I think we got a pretty good draw, although Maryland or Denver could give us a tough game in the "Great Eight." Assuming we don't crap the bed against a bad Northeastern team, we would face either Stanford or Stephen F. Austin in the "bittersweet 16."
There are some good names, strong teams in this tourney. Kentucky will have to play their first game on the road, in Robert Morris's 3,000 seat gym, because Rupp Arena is an NCAA tournament sight. Talk about adding insult to injury to the Big Blue nation.
Two years ago when we made the run to the championship game, there was a lot of excitement about the team and this tournament, in part because we had a young team in Coach Grant's 2nd year and also a lot of people felt we deserved an NCAA bid. Those games were some of the best atmospheres we've had in Coleman in a long time.
The mood definitely feels different this time around. Frankly, I don't know how much the extra practice will help this team, and we are all disappointed that we didn't achieve a bid to the big dance. Nevertheless, this team has a chance to make history and win our first NIT championship. I'm not all that excited about it, but I will be there tomorrow night regardless.