• There were snow flurries for much of the day in Lexington – not enough to make a snowball, but enough to make you glad the basketball was being played indoors.
• Davidson’s players handled their devastating 59-58 loss to Marquette with grace.
They answered every question about what went wrong and how they could lose a seven-point lead in the last 1 minute, 49 seconds. But that was one sad locker room. The NCAA tournament is both beautiful and cruel.
• On full timeouts, Marquette acted like it was time to break out some marshmallows. The Golden Eagles would drag out half a dozen chairs from behind the bench. There were white boards, water bottles, towels – they practically lit a campfire out there.
• You know you are in Lexington when your hotel has posters announcing its partnership with a nearby place where you can board your horse safely.
• I like a man who thinks positively: N.C. A&T coach Cy Alexander brought three game-day suits on his trip. N.C. A&T won for the first time Tuesday night against Liberty in suit No. 1. Alas, Alexander only lasted until suit No. 2, as top-seed Louisville overwhelmed the No. 16 Aggies.
• The hotel where I am staying also houses the Butler band and cheerleaders.
Some of the Butler folks were watching CBS Thursday morning when an NCAA preview came on featuring the Bulldogs’ Gordon Hayward and his near-miss of that halfcourt 3-pointer that would have beaten Duke for the 2010 NCAA championship.
“Oh, no, not this again,” one said.
• I head up with the Observer’s Jonathan Jones from Lexington to Dayton, Ohio, on Friday to watch N.C. State play its round of 64 game against Temple. The two game sites are only about 135 miles apart.