All quiet in Assembly Hall


With almost 90 minutes left before tip-off, there was a growing corps of media, including such recognizable figures as the Jays – Bilas and Mariotti – surrounding the court at Assembly Hall, but few other people. Some arena workers and a stray Illinois player or two getting in some early shooting.

The students were waiting outside in line, ready to make this place explode with noise and the color orange.

We’ll be here all night describing the action on and off the court. We’ll soon be seeing Gordon and the students as warm-ups begin.