Thousands Cheer Players Before They Even Arrive at Arenas
Players have walked through six new alumni rallies/parties in the past hour in San Jose, Auburn Hills (Detroit), and here in Lexington. Alumni Associations for New Mexico State, St. Louis University, St. Mary's, Memphis, Davidson and Marquette (pictured) are hoping they will have even bigger rallies Saturday, but they are going to make sure the players get the strongest sendoff possible and contributors and other diehard supporters are able to network and bond.
Parties resume after the games for all 64 teams Thursday and Friday, but 32 of them resemble campaign "victory parties" when the votes are rolling in on a bad night. Suddenly, people have other things they want to do.