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Writer: Stewart Mandel
Post time: 3:13 PM, Friday
WASHINGTON D.C. -- You might think the players in the NCAA tournament are too focused on the task at hand to enjoy March Madness like the rest of us. Think again.
Purdue coach Matt Painter and three of his starters were obligated to attend a second-round news conference here Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, the rest of the Boilermakers sat on folding chairs in the locker room circled around a TV, ooohing and ahhing every big shot of Drake’s miraculous comeback to take Western Kentucky to overtime.
They also offered their own critiques – more informed, you’d have to assume, than those of us non-players. “Aww, don’t take that shot,” one Boiler shouted as a Western Kentucky player tried to shoot over two defenders.
The most amusing reaction, however, came about 10 minutes earlier while watching the end of Gonzaga-Davidson. When the camera panned to caveman-looking Adam Morrison in the stands, the sound in the room was what you might hear if 15 people simultaneously bit into a sour apple.