Checking out from Grand Forks here this morning.
I’m about to hop on a plane along with WDAZ’s Dan Corey as we head to Cincinnati for the Midwest Regional. Last year at this time, Dan went to the regional in Grand Rapids, making the first plane flight of his life.
Upon landing, our pilot got too close to another plane and had to quickly ascend. It was not kind on Dan’s stomach. Let’s hope this trip is a bit more smooth.
UND practices today at 1 p.m. Central time. We’ll be there with full coverage from U.S. Bank Arena, located on the banks of the Ohio River, right next to the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ballpark.
A press conference is scheduled to follow UND’s practice. After that, Wisconsin practices and has a press conference.
For now, here’s a story with quotes from some guys before they took off for Cincinnati on their charter flight today. It seems like there’s quite a bit of energy and enthusiasm around the team this week after the way they got into the NCAAs (and also with a lot of guys on the team going through this process for the first time).
On the other side, Wisconsin is a very veteran team. It only will have two first-year players in the lineup on Friday night — forth line winger Jedd Soleway and third-line winger Grant Besse.
So, nearly all of this year’s Badger team played in the NCAA tournament a year ago. Here’s a story from the Wisconsin State Journal talking about the lessons they learned from a 6-1 loss to UMass-Lowell.