My first NCAA basketball regional

26 03 2012

This past weekend I covered the NCAA Mens Basketball West Regional (aka the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) in Phoenix for SB Nation Arizona. You can see some of my work here, I did the top three stories in the stream. 

It was a lot of fun. The games on Thursday weren’t so great but Saturday’s regional final was very exciting at the end, and Louisville came out on top over Florida.

I covered an NCAA women’s regional in Spokane when the University of Washington women’s team was there and made the Elite Eight in 2001. That was good times, but this was on a higher level with so much more media attention and national exposure.

I took a lot of photos and I’ll use this space to share them.

Louisville practices on March 21, day before game vs. Michigan State.

Michigan State players at the dais, day before they lost to Louisville.

The view from my seat as teams line up for national anthem before game March 22. Louisville in orange.

See if you can find Kirk Gibson, Steve Mariucci and Magic Johnson in the crowd.

Sparty.

The family of Louisville's Peyton Siva cheers on their guy against Florida. His dad (in black jersey with arm up) was very emotional after the win.

The final horn sounds and the Louisville Cardinals fans celebrate as the Gators leave the court.

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