Not much to read today as I've posted a lot of photos. We bussed to Minneapolis this morning, pulling out of the Kohl Center at around 10:15. First we had some breakfast, Belgian waffles, made-to-order omlets, in the Kellner Club.
On the bus, we first watched "We Are Marshall." Defintely glad we didn't watch it on a plane ride. Not sure how many guys actually watched it as I saw some sleepy faces in the beginning of the trip.
When the movie was over, we watched a couple college basketball games, since the bus is equipped with Driect TV (in order to watch the Super Bowl on the ride back tomorrow). We watched the end of Maryland-Georgia Tech, the first half of Texas Tech-Oklahoma State and much of the second half of Texas-Baylor. Most of the guys were alert at this time.
When we got to the hotel (around 2:30 p.m.), we had a meal right away. We didn't leave for practice until 6:30 p.m. so I tested out the hotel fitness center (so I could have some ice cream later in the day following dinner).
Practice was pretty routine other than the end. Coach Ryan has a tradition of making the guys who have never been to Williams Arena slide off the end of the court to save a loose ball so they can get used to it in case they need to do it in the game. The floor at Williams Arena is raised so there is about a three-foot drop at the end of the court. J.P., who was considered a verteran because he made the trip last year, showed the others how it was done.
Jon Leuer was the first newbie to make an attempt. He needed a couple of tries before his effort was deemed satisfactory. As one of the pictures shows, Marcus tried to give him some pointers. Keaton and Tim were next, and Tim nearly took out the first row of seats with his dive. Brett Valentyn, who didn't make the trip last year, closed the session.
Back at the hotel, we had another meal. It was marked by the constant updates we were all getting on our phones of the Michigan State-Penn State game (no BTN in the hotel). Penn State ended up winning. That affects the conference race, as does Ohio State's loss at Iowa earlier today. With consecutive road games on the horizon for us, taking care of business away from home will be imperitive.
With the early tip tomorrow, there is no shootaround. Scouting report at 8 a.m., breakfast at 9 and then off to the arena. We'll see you then.