Meadowlands: Welcome to Open Practice

By David Scott - March 22, 2007


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Welcome to open practice for the Round of 16 at the Meadowlands Arena. Vanderbilt is currently on the court going through shooting drills. There's a smattering of fans in attendance, probably numbering a couple of hundred and both Jim Nantz and Billy Packer (who will call the game for mothership, CBS) are being de-briefed by the Vandy Sports Information Director.

With 17:00 left on the practice clock, players began taking free throws.

Our schedule of Pressers and practices follows after the jump.

. . . We'd expect the attendance to increase gradually over the course of teh afternoon, especially for the Hoya and Tar Heel practice sessions.

. . . It appears to be a brand new court that will be used for the three games that will be played here - the familiar faux parquet of the Nets is not down, instead there's a traditional hardwood floor with a black border, blue coloring filling the tops of each key and a blue NCAA logo at center court. There are also two red "Rs" representing Rutgers, the host institution for this site.

. . . We'll do our usual stop-ins for pressers and player interviews and check in with you regularly for what's going on both on-court and off.

Practice Schedule:

Noon-12:50 p.m. Vanderbilt Open Practice
1-1:50 p.m. USC Open Practice
2:10-3 p.m. Georgetown Open Practice
3:10-4 p.m. North Carolina Open Practice

News Conferences (FOR CREDENTIALED MEDIA ONLY)

1-1:15 p.m. Vanderbilt Coach Kevin Stallings
1:15-1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt student-athletes

1:30-1:45 p.m. Georgetown student-athletes
1:45-2 p.m. Georgetown Coach John Thompson III

2-2:15 p.m. USC Coach Tim Floyd
2:15-2:30 p.m. USC student-athletes

2:30-2:45 p.m. North Carolina student-athletes
2:45-3 p.m. North Carolina Coach Roy Williams

Posted by David Scott at 12:39 PM on March 22, 2007
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