DETROIT -- Initial impressions of the Final Four:
This looks like a Michigan State football game. I'd say at least half of the crowd of 72,000 is for the Spartans. The only reason I know it isn't a football game is Mark Dantonio is in the first row behind the Spartans' bench.
The NCAA has made improvements since this place hosted a regional last year. Back then folks in the upper deck couldn't hear the whistle. This time, both bands are miked as well as the rims. Hearing the exagerrated sound of a ball hitting rim is a bit cartoonish. Sort of like, "Hey, we're playing basketball here.":
I guess you have to be at center court (like Freeman and I) to really experience the intensity. the officials are pretty much letting the teams play. That scrum the erupted with 1:55 left in the first half? I can't believe the only thing came out of that was a shooting foul on Michigan State. These officials better get a grip in the second half.
Wondering how I'll get home later without being mugged but that's four hours from now. If the official logo of the Final Four turns into a chalk outline you'll know what happened.