While the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team was traveling from sunny, 72-degree Moraga to near-freezing Minneapolis, the weather was obviously one of the most prevalent topics of conversation (along with the ongoing postseason hoops tournaments) throughout the trip.
The team left campus around 9:30 a.m. today and departed the Oakland International Airport via a charter flight at 11 a.m. The 30-seat airplane made a 30-minute stop in Casper, Wyo. for fuel and to pick-up a little lunch for the travel party, then resumed its flight to Minneapolis.
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Upon arrival at a charter terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, the team enjoyed a short wait for the team bus in the warmth of the terminal lobby – which featured a big screen television showing NCAA Tournament games.
The team arrived at its headquarters hotel around 6 p.m. (Central), enjoyed an entertaining dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings (located across the street from U of M’s football stadium and basketball arena). Several locals seemed to enjoy greeting the Gaels and learning more about Saint Mary’s.
The forecast calls for a high temperature of 24 degrees tomorrow and a high of 25 on game day. Thankfully basketball is an indoor sport!
Saint Mary’s and Minnesota battle for the right to advance to the quarterfinal round of the NIT at 12 Noon (Pacific) on Sunday. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Watch the game with other SMC fans in Walnut Creek at Stadium Pub, the site of the Randy Bennett Gaels Basketball Show.