New Orleans: 'bout to start up. Gillen is a beauty on radio

By Eric Sorenson - March 18, 2007

Memphis and Purdue crank things up here in The Crescent City in about 10 minutes.

Two quick observations:
1- In warm ups, Florida's Al Horford and Purdue's Carl Landry were standing at mid-court meeting with the officials. Horford may be listed at 6'10" and Landry at 6'7", but these two blokes were almost EXACTLY the same height. Someone's fibbing here.

2- I've noticed in the NCAA tournament, the sites that double as NBA arenas, like the one here, have huge NCAA logos taped down on center court to cover the NBA team logo. But, for example, Winston-Salem has the Wake Forest Demon Deacon logo intact at center court.

Listening to the Virginia-Tennessee game on radio driving in, color commentator Pete Gillen, a regular on CSTV during the roundball season, had a handful of wicked-funny lines. Here's a handful of my faves:

1- Talking about a Virginia player, "He's smart. He makes good decisions. He should be a stockbroker.

2- "Right now their feet are stuck in concrete."

3- "Like the North wind, he went right by him."

4- When asked by play-by-play man Kevin Kugler if he kicked a banner off of the table they are sitting at, Gillen responded with, "I've done a lot of wrong things in my life. But kicking the banner off the table wasn't one of them."

Posted by Eric Sorenson at 02:02 PM on March 18, 2007

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