Saturday, March 07, 2009

Horizon League First Round Note

This blog hasn't posted in an absurdly long time, but Pun City was inspired, so here we go:

Pun City was on the scene when Milwaukee hosted a first round Horizon League tournament game versus Loyola-Chicago last Wednesday. It was pretty cool. The differences from the normal floor alignment were as follows:

1. Speedway replaced Adidas as the basket support sponsor.

2. Speedway signs adorned the 4 tunnels near media row.

3. Speedway decals were opposite the US Cellular Arena logos on the court.

4. UWM's band was shifted from directly behind the hoop to the far (non-bench/Panther tunnel) side of the student section.

5. Loyola's band, cheerleaders, and dance team were present. They were stationed behind the Loyola bench, but very close to the UWM student section.

It was great to see the Panthers play well one last time at home. It's now appearing unlikely that they'll play again. However, there are 4 postseason tournaments this year, so it's not unreasonable that they'd be able to get a bid in one of the NIT, CBI, or tournaments.

Pun City is cautiously hopeful that UWM would get in to the CIT, because UWM is ranked 128th in RPI now, and theoretically the top 129 teams would qualify for the postseason. A major problem with this theory is that sub-129 teams are going to make the NCAA tournament, and probably the NIT, due to automatic qualifying. Oh well, gotta dare to dream.

Some songs played by each of the bands on Wednesday:

UWM - The Hey Song, If You Be My Bodyguard, Born To Be Wild, Roll Out The Barrel, La Bamba, and Jump (Van Halen).

Loyola - Let's See How Far We've Come (Matchbox 20), We've Got The Funk, Stacy's Mom, Holiday (Green Day), Jump On It, Angel Is The Centerfold, Ironman, and Hot Hot Hot.

It was a good effort by the Rambler band. Pun City is very hopeful for some more posts the next coupla weeks. Heading to MAC-land and hopefully NEC-land as well. Later.

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