November 24, 2001
I can not say much about our game against Marquette. That game shows us how much work we still have ahead of us. That team showed us what hard work can do.
Coach Davis told us that after the game. We were all pretty upset and we certainly understand what Coach Davis is saying.
After the game we got back and had a meal and then went to our rooms to eat.
We woke up for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and had waffles, eggs and bacon and then watched a lot of tape. Coach Davis took us through the second half and you can see what we need to work on.
We eat pregame at 1:30 p.m. and go to play Texas at about 3:30 p.m.
Thursday - Friday
On Thursday we woke up for 11:00 a.m. breakfast and then went over to UAA's gym for practice.
We practiced from 1-3. It was a good practice for us because we had some things we really needed to work on after our game on Wednesday. Coach continued to stress the fact that we need to trust in our offense and focus on playing tough defense. UAA's gym reminded me of an Indiana high school gym. It is a nice facility. We felt at home though because like us they have a lot of banners hanging in their gym.
After practice, we went on a bus tour. It was a short tour because we had to be back to our hotel by 5:00 to eat Thanksgiving dinner. The tour was neat. Our bus driver gives tours regularly so he narrated the entire bus ride for us. We got out and took some pictures at one point. It was really amazing as we drove along the edge of the water next to the mountains. We even saw a small avalanche that had taken place. Our bus driver told us that they have to close off the road sometimes because of large avalanches. We wanted to see a bear, but I guess they don't come out much in the foothills during this time of year. On the way back, we saw our second moose of the trip. We weren't as close as we were the first time, but it was cool.
When we got back to the hotel, we went up to our rooms for a bit and changed clothes for our Thanksgiving dinner. We ate in one of the banquet rooms in our hotel. We ate with a group of people that made the trip up here through the IU Alumni Association. This year's food was a lot better than last year's in New York City, but it definitely wasn't as good as my mom's cooking.
After dinner, we went back to our rooms to rest for the evening. I was in a rush to get back up stairs. I was worried that I was going to miss Survivor. That certainly wouldn't have made for a Happy Thanksgiving for me. I am a big Survivor fan. After that, I watched the St. John's vs. Gonzaga game on TV. After the game, I watched the movie Joe Dirt. It was terrible. I thought it would have been a lot better than what it was.
After that, I called it quits for the night. I knew we had a big game on Friday so I wanted to get a good nights rest.
We woke up Friday morning and had our usual breakfast at 11:00. Tim changed the food up a bit and substituted pancakes for the waffles and ham for the bacon.
Then after breakfast, we watched film for about 30 minutes then left for shootaround. We had walk-through at the same high school that we practiced at the first night we were here. We didn't see a moose in the parking lot this time. Our shootaround ran from about 12-1:30. We just went through our assignments and reviewed our gameplan for tonight's matchup with Marquette.
After shootaround, we went back to the hotel to get some rest for the game. We just hung out in our hotel rooms and played Nintendo and digital Yahtzee. Then we had pregame meal at 5 and we left for the arena at 6:30.
On Wednesday we had our usual pregame routine, but it certainly was different being in Alaska. The sun does not come up until about 10:00 a.m. and it is dark by 3:30 p.m. We had our team breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and then went to the arena to shootaround.
Everything is covered with snow here. We heard that they had about 2 feet not too long ago. It seems as if some that has melted away.
The arena seats about 8,500 and is nice, but the lockerrooms are small.
When we got back to the hotel I just rested in my room and watched college basketball and played digital Yahtzee, I regained the high score from Odle.
At 4:00 p.m. we had our pregame meal of pasta, hamburger patties, eggs and baked potatoes and then Coach Thomas took us through some video. The coaches explained to us how this game would be Alaska-Anchorage's Final Four and that they would want to go out and make a statement on national television.
We left for the arena at 6:00 p.m. and waited until the women's championship game between Iowa and Gonzaga ended.
The game was certainly not our best. We jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but then did not play well again until there was about 10 minutes left in the game. I was not pleased with my own play. I had seven turnovers. Someone mentioned that I had a career-high 12 assists, but I probably had a career-high in turnovers too.
After the game coach stressed the importance of playing defense and trusting the offense. We will need to be better to beat Marquette on Friday.
When we got back to the hotel we had a meal at 10:45 p.m. and then went back to our rooms.
We left from Assembly Hall from the Indianapolis Airport at 6:30 a.m. for a 9:15 a.m. flight.
We flew through Minneapolis to get the Anchorage. Our first flight was about 1:30 and we had about an hour layover in Minneapolis. The security at the Minneapolis airport was even more evident as the national guardsmen had M-16s strapped to their backs.
The flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage was about 5:15. It was long and we did not even get a movie. Most of us slept on the way and we got the game of digital Yahtzee that we started in Charlotte going again. (Jarrad) Odle set the record beating the mark I had set in North Carolina.
Flying over Alaska was amazing. The mountains and glaciers are all snow covered and it was an incredible site. The town of Anchorage is small and it is cold here. It was about 20 degrees when we arrived and the weather people on the news were talking about mild weather, mild? it is cold here.
Once we arrived at the hotel I ordered lunch and ate and played some Yahtzee before we went over to practice at 6 p.m. that was 10 p.m. Indiana time. We practiced over at a local high school. Nothing seems to be more than 15 minutes from something else so we had a short ride. When we pulled into the school parking lot there was a huge moose walking through the parking lot looking for leaves on trees. Now I have seen moose before, but this thing was huge. It minded its own business and walked right through the rows of cars to the next bush. The students we talked to at the high school said that they will leave you along unless you bother them. I guess some kids will throw snowballs at them to get them to chase them, and I guess that they are pretty fast. After seeing how big that moose was I will not be throwing any snowballs at it.
After practice we back to the hotel and watched TV and got to sleep at what was about 3:00 a.m. Indiana time. So we nearly stayed awake for 24 hours straight. I am looking forward to playing tomorrow.