NCAA Tournament Blog: Home court advantage

Elizabeth Johnson

Greetings, Racer Nation, from my bed at the Galt House. It has been a long day – Sophie and I haven’t slept in almost 40 hours and we’re worn out. (We’ll post some videos of our slap happy moments on the drive to Louisville a little later.) But it’s been an event-filled day with press conferences and practices.

From my perspective, Murray State looks prepared. The guys are focused and poised, but they’re still having fun and joking around on the court. The Racers’ practice was intense and much more high-energy than Colorado State’s. Coach Prohm had the guys running drills, shooting free-throws and having a little fun from half court. Colorado State took a shoot around approach.

The best thing to see today, besides the Racers rocking their new gold and gray kicks, was seeing the amount of people who showed up to their open practice. Some were Murray State fans, most were UK fans and other school’s had fans sprinkled throughout. And when the Racers left the court, they received an applause from a majority of the audience.

The atmosphere at tomorrow’s game will be like that at the CFSB Center, but with more people and more beer. Hopefully the UK and Western Kentucky fans will show up to cheer the Racers on, and of course, Racer Nation will be there in full force.

Colorado State and Murray State are neck-and-neck offensively – both rely on strong perimeter shooting. However, Murray State’s impenetrable defense and the sixth man in the stands will give the Rams a tough bout at moving on to the third round of the NCAA tournament.

When it comes to high-pressure basketball, there’s nothing much better than a home court advantage.