KANSAS CITY -- The glass spaceship (otherwise known as the Sprint Center) sat under a gray sky here on Wednesday, and hosted practices for the teams playing in tomorrow's first-round NCAA tournament games. No one gives away any secrets in these workouts, because they're open to the public. Most of the teams are just getting used to the rims and appeasing the squealing middle-schoolers in attendance by dunking.
Maryland, the 10 seed that's just a one-point underdog to No. 7 Cal, had the floor second, after Cal-State Northridge. The crowd, as you can see, was sparse, and the team was subdued. Greivis Vasquez was saving his crowd-pleasing (or crowd-aggravating, depending on your allegiance) antics for Thursday.
Even the ranks in the press-conference areas were thin. The coach of last year's runner-up, Memphis' John Calipari, had just 15 people in attendance while he was at the dais. More than one of those attendees, though, asked him about second-guessing decisions in that epic title game.