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Friday March, 28 4:40 p.m. ET
Sorry for the late post, but not a lot has happened today in Detroit. The team went over to Ford Field at noon for a short shoot around on the floor.
A couple changes were present from yesterday's practice. The court was sitting on a raised platform, so there was about a 2-inch lip from the platform up to the court. Overnight, the facilities crew at Ford Field placed layers of plywood around the court and then re-carpeted the 3-6 foot buffer from the caret to the tables.
They did a nice job and there is no longer a lip to worry about tripping over or spraining an ankle on.
We are about to head over to the stadium to get ready for the game, so be sure to check into the Courtside Blog come gametime (6:10 p.m. CT)
Thursday, March 27, 12:50 p.m. ET
We arrived at Ford Field this morning for a meeting and a tour of the facility (this place is HUGE). I took some pictures of the outside of Ford Field and Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers major league baseball team).
There are some photos of the setup for Friday's game as well. The place is set up to hold more than 72,000 fans! As of today they had sold around 58,000 so we will see how full the place is tomorrow and how much red there will be in Detroit.
One advantage that the Badgers have over the rest of the teams here is that we play in the Big Ten and against Minnesota at Williams Arena (photos attached). The floor here at Ford Field is raised and looks a lot like Williams Arean in Minneapolis. The only difference is that instead of the instant drop off from the court, there is a little more room at the end of the court before it falls off to ground level.
We are just about to start our media time and then have 50 minutes on the court to practice. Later we will head over to Wayne State and use their gym to finish off the rest of our normal practice.
Wednesday, March 26, 8:10 p.m.
After a 48-minute flight, we had a smooth landing at the Detroit airport and took a 20 minute bus ride to our hotel in downtown Detroit (check out the photos below) It's a pretty nice place right across the street from the famous Renaissance Center and the General Motors World Headquarters.
The city of Detroit has a raised monorail "people mover" located above the road that reminds me of Disney World's monorail. Brian Lucas and I will probably check it out tomorrow morning as we head to Ford Field in the morning for a sports information meeting with the other teams and event officials.
The team is eating dinner at the hotel and then relaxing for the night before a busy day tomorrow.
I'll check back in tomorrow afternoon once the media time and shoot around at Ford Field is done. I'll be sure to take a lot of photos tomorrow as well.
Wednesday, March 26, 10:50 a.m.
As the No. 3 seed UW men's basketball team prepares to head to Detroit for the Sweet Sixteen and a match up with No. 10 seeded Davidson, I just wanted to check in and let everyone know the plans for the week.
The team and staff will leave Madison at roughly 5 p.m. CT this afternoon following practice and should arrive in Detroit around 7:15 ET (local time). The Badgers are staying at a downtown hotel near the Detroit river, less than a mile from Ford Field.
I know what everyone is thinking about Ford Field and that the Detroit Lions play there, but look at it this way, since the stadium was built prior to the 2002 season, the Green Bay Packers have won four of their six games against the Lions in Detroit (that has to say something).
Be sure to check back often for updated news, photos and videos as the Badgers continue their post-season run.