New York City- Maybe this should read New York City and Brooklyn. Last Friday gave one of those scheduling oddities allowing stops at two venues. Over the course of the night, we were treated with differing and interesting story lines.
First was the consolation at the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena.’ The five o’clock start allowed a half of Boston College-Washington in the 2K Sports Classic. At halftime, it was off to Barclays Center. Catching the 2 train was easy, as was the trip, putting yours truly on Atlantic Avenue 30 minutes before game time.
Not surprised to hear BC knocked off Washington, as the Huskies had defensive issues both nights in New York. Seton Hall versus Oklahoma in the Coaches vs. Cancer semis gave us another situation regarding numbers, 38 > 2. That is a given in mathematics classrooms. It was not the case on the Barclays hardwood. Seton Hall played well enough for 38 minutes to knock off the Sooners. The final two minutes of mistakes, turnovers and ineptitude proved their 86-85 undoing.
In game two, Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans proved too much on both ends of the floor for Virginia Tech. Michigan State is top ranked for a reason. Not the least of which is Izzo, one of the best coaches in America, one demanding excellence in effort and execution of his club. Watching the Spartans under his watch, you have to truly admire the results.
A look outside the Madison Square Garden press room at 4:45 p.m., while commuters, shoppers and visitors all make their way through midtown Manhattan:
Boston College and Washington in the 2K Sports Classic consolation game:
At last, the Atlantic Avenue station on the 2 train:
A panoramic view of the Barclays Center during Seton Hall/Oklahoma:
Virginia Tech heads out for warmups:
The ubiquitous Ronnie Weintraub congratulates Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger following the win over Seton Hall: