Filed by David Uchiyama
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Rupp Arena, the interview area and the media work area were essentially empty Friday compared to buzz of game-day on Thursday.
Team practices were closed, limiting all of the visible action to the podium, locker rooms, and the big-screen TV showing Winthrop hold off and upset Notre Dame.
In other words, Friday turned out to be quite boring in Lexington regarding college basketball.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had a couple good sound-bites -- including a few words unprintable in a family newspaper/Website -- but everybody else from Louisville, Texas A&M, and Ohio State took a business-like approach to the day between games.
There were a few exceptions, including this remark from Texas A&M center Joseph Jones about playing basketball at a tradition-rich football school.
"The fans, my freshman year it was nowhere near what it is today," Jones said. "You see people camping out with signs that say, 'I need tickets.'
"It's a total change. It's a football school but basketball is stepping up. It's a school for athletics because we've been doing good across the board."
And Ohio State coach Thad Matta seemed to have a brain cramp when asked about contact with the player he knew, coached and recruited at Xavier.
"I saw them at practice (Thursday) and said, 'Hello' and that's about it," Matta said. "I may have run into a couple of them here and there... I may have run into them in the summer."
Xavier forward Justin Cage epitomized the business-like approach when asked about Matta with whom he developed a relationship back when Matta coached at Butler -- before he coached at Xavier or Ohio State.
"He's moved on and so have we," Cage said. "We don't hold any grudges. It's a business in college basketball."
The fun continues on the floor today.