By Colin Dunlap | 3:02 p.m. Saturday
Greetings from Lucas Oil Stadium.
First things first, there is a little more fallout from the Coach K-meets-doodling story from yesterday.
UPDATE 3:14 p.m.: Word around the media room is that Truck Bryant will not play.
3:33 p.m.: Seth Rorobaugh sends this along from the Penguin game today:
4 p.m.: Although the raised floor makes it tough to see, there are zero complaints from me about the location of my seat:
4:35 p.m.: One thing about this arena, it is tremendously loud, ridiculously loud...and there are hardly any fans in here yet. It is beyond comprehension how loud it will be later. While I understand the point of getting as many people here as possible, I'm not a fan of playing these things in domes, but I get the whole money-making reasons behind it.
Oh, also, I ran into that Butler Bulldog:
5:29 p.m.: As the first game (Butler v. Michigan State) approaches, it is coming into focus here that there are many, many, many, many WVU fans in the arena already.
6:10 p.m.: By the way, no more photos from my seat. Once the game starts, you aren't allowed. Pretty soon, they will not let you make phone calls from inside the arena -- unless you run it through the TV networks first.
6:43 p.m.: Has everyone discounted the fact that Michigan State could win the national title? Seriously.
7:22 p.m.: To answer a few questions: My sight line is wonderful...I am in the third row on press row at midcourt. Even though it is sunken down (or, in actuality, the court is raised), it is fine, easy to see.
And, secondly, Butler has a ton of fans here. Also, while it is loud, it is such a big building that the sound gets lost everywhere, not like a smaller place where it gets trapped in tight.
8:05 p.m.: A quick thought...is this the worst national semifinal ever played? This Butler game is God-awful to watch.
8:31 p.m.: Little bit of an unreal scene as Butler advances to the title game. I will stick to my prediction after watching that one, though --- the Duke/WVU winner will be the national champion.