The trend of our trip continued on day four with another wake up call at 7:30. The team met at 8:00 for breakfast and a short meeting about Wichita State. We departed the Coronado Springs at 8:30 for the Milk House. This would give the guys enough time to get taped and stretch before they were allowed to warm up.
Siena committed turnover after turnover, while Wichita State missed shot after shot. Finally, the Saints got into rhythm behind Edwin Ubiles and looked like they had control of the game. With seven minutes left the Saints were up nine. However, by the next media timeout the lead had diminished to one. Clutch three pointers and forced turnovers resulted in the Shockers up one with four seconds left. Alex Franklin inbounded the ball to Kenny Hasbrouck who darted through a couple of defenders to get a shot off. The shot was a typical Kenny runner in the lane, but unfortunately it fell short, as did the Saints.
After the game the team returned to the hotel so the coaches could begin planning for Sunday’s game, and the team could get some much needed rest. Jimmy Halley and I however stayed to watch #16 Georgetown Hoyas take on the #12 Tennessee Vols. The game was one of the most competitive games I have seen in a while. It was like a Final Four match-up– with lots of lead changes. The twelve point win for Tennessee did not reflect how the game actually played out.
Afterwards, we met the team over at Carrabba’s for another nice Italian dinner. Following dinner, the team watched the Michigan State/Oklahoma State game to see who we would be playing on Sunday. Oklahoma State lost the game by seventeen– therefore it will be Siena vs. Oklahoma State on Sunday at 10:30am.
The team will go to Magic Kingdom Sunday instead of Saturday, so they can get some more rest.