KANSAS CITY, Mo. —- Greetings from Kansas City, which is officially the mecca of college basketball for the week.
And that’s not a stretch. In the next seven days, there will be 37 postseason basketball games unfolding here. That’s pretty insane.
Obviously, there are the two pods of the NCAA tournament. But right across the street from my hotel (and just a few blocks from the Sprint Center) is Municipal Auditorium, which is hosting the NAIA national tournament.
The first round of the 32-team event will cover the next two days, with octupleheaders —- I have no clue if that’s even a word, but that’s what eight games in a day might be called —- set for both halves of the draw.
It’s proclaimed as college basketball’s toughest tournament. Who am I to argue?
Play is already underway here just after 9 a.m. local time, with Mountain State of West Virginia meeting LSU-Shreveport. Tonight’s last tip is set for 10:30 p.m., which means there will be approximately 15 1/2 straight hours of basketball scheduled for this event.
And now that my curiosity is piqued, I might have to saunter over to the historic old building and take a peek for myself. But that will have to wait for later, since it’s time to head over to the Sprint Center for today’s NCAA activities.
—- Patrick Stevens