I’m inside of Cowboys Stadium for a full day of press with the four teams here for the South Regional semifinals and finals – Michigan plays Kansas on Friday at 6:37 p.m. followed by Florida-Florida Gulf Coast, which I don’t expect to tip before 9:30. The winners play Sunday for a trip to the Final Four next week in Atlanta.
Here’s Twitter links for The Eagle’s duo in Dallas – KU beat writer Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) and myself (@t_adame) – as always, we’ll provide plenty of updates. Eagle photog Bo Rader is also with us, but he doesn’t have Twitter.
A couple of thoughts, links to get you through until the big games start tonight.
-With a heavyweight clash against Michigan coming up, the Jayhawks desperately need leading scorer Ben McLemore to shake off his shooting/scoring/everything slump that he’s been in and return to the form that made him an All-Big 12 pick and possible No. 1 selection in the NBA Draft. The one play everyone was talking about from last Sunday’s win over North Carolina in the Sprint Center was an alley-oop to McLemore to start the second half. It was a set play, and McLemore came wide open on the backside lob. He grabbed the ball what seemed like a foot above the rim and he did this thing where he tried to lay it up/lay it on the rim’s backstop. It was like he didn’t know what to do at that moment. Such a strange thing to see, but I think it underlines his struggles. Even when he’s in the right spot, he’s doing the wrong thing.
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-There were over 108,000 people that watched the 2010 NBA All-Star game at Cowboys Stadium – a record – so the mere 42,000+ expected for tomorrow’s games must seem like a pittance to the stadium staff. They’ll up that number considerably for next year’s Final Four, when they’ll try to fit in over 80,000. The thing is, KU is getting pretty used to playing in these huge football stadiums – two games last year in the Final Four at the Superdome in New Orleans and one earlier this year.
Here’s our schedule for open practices today in Arlington
12-1250 Michigan, 1-150 FGCU aka Dunk City, 210-3 KU, 310-4 Florida.
I’ll check back in with Michigan stuff after the pressers.