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(CBS News)   Is it really March madness if the NCAA tournament is played in empty arenas? We may find out   (cbsnews.com) divider line
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2020-03-04 2:02:20 PM  
The NBA this week advised players to avoid slapping hands with fans and instead employ fist bumps.

Like Ron Artest fist bumping a fan's face? I don't think that's much better than a hand slap.
 
2020-03-04 2:15:38 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: The NBA this week advised players to avoid slapping hands with fans and instead employ fist bumps.

Like Ron Artest fist bumping a fan's face? I don't think that's much better than a hand slap.


better than the original alternative, of crossing swords...

Kermit Washington also inconsolable. so very
 
2020-03-04 2:17:48 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: The NBA this week advised players to avoid slapping hands with fans and instead employ fist bumps.

Like Ron Artest fist bumping a fan's face? I don't think that's much better than a hand slap.


The Ron Artest Interactive Fan Experience cannot be stopped, contained, or quarantined
 
2020-03-04 2:24:25 PM  
St Louisans already did their COVID-spreadin' at the (Sat) Mardi Gras Parade two weekends ago.
100k+ crowd using the same portajohns for 12 hours will get you some Covid-spreadin'.
The survivors ought to be dried up by MM time.
 
2020-03-04 2:43:19 PM  
The NCAA said it's up to individual colleges to ensure players and coaches don't have coronavirus before arriving at the tournament

The NCAA is in charge of seeing that they don't have any money for treatment.
 
2020-03-04 2:46:21 PM  
One shedding moment!
 
2020-03-04 2:56:36 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: The NCAA is in charge of seeing that they don't have any money for treatment.


"That player got an illegal extra bottle of sanitizer. Prepare the Wheel of Sanctions for the program!"
 
2020-03-04 2:58:24 PM  
Actually it is amusing the first weekend when the games at weird times between meh teams have no one there
 
2020-03-04 3:17:24 PM  

Joe_diGriz: Marcus Aurelius: The NCAA is in charge of seeing that they don't have any money for treatment.

"That player got an illegal extra bottle of sanitizer. Prepare the Wheel of Sanctions for the program!"


Cleveland State = Death Penalty
UNLV = Probation
Kentucky = Never happened
 
2020-03-04 3:38:38 PM  
They are only in it for the TV money anyway...No the viewers won't see the annoying crowds in the arenas.
 
2020-03-04 3:40:18 PM  

Hospitaller: They are only in it for the TV money anyway...No the viewers won't see the annoying crowds in the arenas.


Now
 
2020-03-04 3:48:23 PM  
Of course with Rutgers on the verge of their first tourney birth since 1991 it figures that this would happen.
 
2020-03-04 3:53:01 PM  
I have a relative who assistant-coaches a team, Seton Hall, that might be poised for a fairly deep run this year. I was thinking of traveling to some games, but probably won't. (I'm not totally sold on them as a true contender in any case; they have one of the country's best players, good size and good depth, but they lack that #2 guy who can reliably make you pay if you lock down the star.)

JJRRutgers: Of course with Rutgers on the verge of their first tourney birth since 1991 it figures that this would happen.


Rutgers laid a beatdown on SHU earlier this year, that's for sure. And they can't even blame Powell's concussion, because that was domination in all aspects of the game.
 
2020-03-04 4:24:30 PM  
 
2020-03-04 4:24:37 PM  
Just noticed that the Midwest Regional is gonna be in Lucas Oil Stadium. I thought they said they weren't putting regionals in domes anymore?

\personally I hate the entire concept of putting ANY NCAA games in football domes, Suck-A-Cuse included
\\build a real arena you cheap orange bastards
\\\and get a real mascot while you're at it, one that hasn't been kicked in the shins at the end of a loss by my band director's 5yo
 
2020-03-04 4:29:28 PM  
 
2020-03-04 4:30:59 PM  

RealityChuck: It's happened.


Good thing they eventually resumed their season. They went into the tourney as a #14 seed and scored an upset over #3 seeded Stanford.

(No I did not know that off the top of my head, I just looked it up)
 
2020-03-04 4:37:24 PM  
Last time I remember a WAC game being cancelled, it was UT San Antonio at San Jose State. [goutsa.com]
 
2020-03-04 4:47:49 PM  
In 1990, the West Coast Conference cancelled their tournament and sent Loyola Marymount to the NCAA tournament. Their first opponent was current WAC member New Mexico State.
 
2020-03-04 4:50:29 PM  

Rob4127: In 1990, the West Coast Conference cancelled their tournament and sent Loyola Marymount to the NCAA tournament. Their first opponent was current WAC member New Mexico State.


Huh, 30 years ago today -- RIP Hank Gathers.
 
2020-03-04 5:14:40 PM  
It'd be really strange on TV. A crowd makes a fair amount of background noise. 

I also can't imagine playing in an empty stadium with just announcers and cameras. They'll have to move the announcers to a booth or something, or it would be distracting.
 
2020-03-04 6:04:07 PM  

Super Chronic: Rob4127: In 1990, the West Coast Conference cancelled their tournament and sent Loyola Marymount to the NCAA tournament. Their first opponent was current WAC member New Mexico State.

Huh, 30 years ago today -- RIP Hank Gathers.


Oh wow.

I remember Bo Kimble shooting his first free throw of games as a lefty and that "Human Bruise" guy. As a kid you don't really know the difference between "human interest story" cheese and real stuff at that age but I remember pulling for them, like everybody else I'm sure.
 
2020-03-04 6:22:49 PM  

WoodyHayes: Super Chronic: Rob4127: In 1990, the West Coast Conference cancelled their tournament and sent Loyola Marymount to the NCAA tournament. Their first opponent was current WAC member New Mexico State.

Huh, 30 years ago today -- RIP Hank Gathers.

Oh wow.

I remember Bo Kimble shooting his first free throw of games as a lefty and that "Human Bruise" guy. As a kid you don't really know the difference between "human interest story" cheese and real stuff at that age but I remember pulling for them, like everybody else I'm sure.


The death of Gathers is one of those events in life where I remember hearing the news.

And those LMU teams were some of the most fun-to-watch teams you'll ever see. They'd run scores well in excess of 100 points routinely, sometimes 120, occasionally 140. They'd have dudes pulling up and shooting from 35-40 feet out because a full eight seconds had run off the shot clock and they just couldn't have that. They'd bait other teams into trying to run with them, because they knew they could wear people out. I remember a time when they literally left a lane wide open for an opponent to drive, and he passed it up -- and the announcers said "good decision, you do not want to get into that kind of tempo with them." I mean, it was kind of horrifying, but also fun.

I also liked that they had guys named Stumer (pronounced Steamer) and Fryer.
 
2020-03-04 6:54:02 PM  

RealityChuck: It's happened.


I was a Siena student during that measles outbreak.  I had to get a measles shot and carry an ID card certifying that I had been re-inocculated.  The team played in empty gyms for two months and won the conference, getting them their first NCAA tournament bid.

This was the year that Siena announced that the team would no longer be known as the "Indians", but didn't have a replacement name selected yet.

The quarantine was lifted in time for the tournament in North Carolina, and a sizeable chunk of the student body took a road trip to see their team play for the first time in months.  It was announced that the new team name was the Siena Saints, and somehow they managed to borrow another team's band (Siena didn't have a band) and arrived on court to the strains of "when the saints go marching in" just in time to upset #3 seeded Stanford.

https://www.nytimes.com/1989/03/17/sp​o​rts/with-fans-watching-siena-shocks-st​anford.html
 
2020-03-04 7:38:48 PM  
Oh, FFS.
 
2020-03-04 9:28:23 PM  

phimuskapsi: It'd be really strange on TV. A crowd makes a fair amount of background noise.
I also can't imagine playing in an empty stadium with just announcers and cameras. They'll have to move the announcers to a booth or something, or it would be distracting.


I wonder if they'd at least let the teams bring their bands. As long as there were bands, I think it'd be an acceptably "normal" game experience.
 
2020-03-04 10:54:24 PM  

Rob4127: In 1990, the West Coast Conference cancelled their tournament and sent Loyola Marymount to the NCAA tournament. Their first opponent was current WAC member New Mexico State.


I was at that game. IIRC Bo K had 4 fouls in the 1st half. My buddy, couldn't understand why he didn't play any D, until I told him why.  He put in 40+
I was a sad NMSU Grad that day.
Good game otherwise.
 
2020-03-04 11:37:42 PM  

Lucky Stu: Rob4127: In 1990, the West Coast Conference cancelled their tournament and sent Loyola Marymount to the NCAA tournament. Their first opponent was current WAC member New Mexico State.

I was at that game. IIRC Bo K had 4 fouls in the 1st half. My buddy, couldn't understand why he didn't play any D, until I told him why.  He put in 40+
I was a sad NMSU Grad that day.
Good game otherwise.



Yes, Bo Kimble had 45 points and four personal fouls. Loyola Marymount advanced to the Elite Eight, where they were beaten by eventual national champion UNLV, 131-101.

(Earlier that year, on Jan 8, 1990, UNLV lost to NMSU for the first time ever, in a game televised nationally on ESPN.)

In the championship game, UNLV beat Duke by 30 points. Duke sucks!
 
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