One of the things that has been a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dreary season has been the interesting subplots set up by the NIT. Because of the NIT’s unique formula allowing the first rounds to be played at teams’ home arenas, we have had a game at Memorial Coliseum and are now set up for a game at Creighton. Seriously, did you ever think the Cats would play AT Creighton? A Missouri Valley Conference power, Creighton simply cant get top teams to play them at home….thus they either go on the road, or hope for a once in a lifetime shot on a neutral floor. But the ability to play a traditional power on their floor? Ridiculous.
Until now….and the folks at Creighton are eager with anticipation. This Creighton basketball blog showcases the excitement of a program ready for a traditional power to hit its place. Read the blog and you can sense just how eager he and the other fans are for the game, as seen by the (now) sell out of the 17,000 seat arena. Seeing that anticipation makes me more excited for the game and I am happy for the folks at Creighton for what should be a memorable night for them.
I’ve been struggling with how to weigh the importance of this game since the final buzzer rang against Bowling Green on Wednesday. And as much as I want to say ‘this is just another game’ or ‘anyone is beatable, we shouldn’t treat this any differently,’ I know it isn’t true. Truth is, this is Kentucky, a school that folks in Omaha could only think of seeing in person if they would have been placed in last year’s 1st and 2nd round games at The Phone Booth with Kansas and Wisconsin.
This is most likely a kind of stub I won’t see again in some time, and others in Omaha apparently feel the same way. There are 500 tickets left as of early Monday morning, and you can bet the ducats will have some added value as the clock creeps closer to 6 p.m. this evening. That’s when the biggest game in the Qwest Center’s relatively short history tips off, on national television, a showcase for Dana Altman’s program to take advantage of.