Breakfast with the Hoyas...

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It's not exactly Breakfast at Wimbledon, but we'll call it Breakfast with the Hoyas since we're here at Verizon Center for an 11 a.m. tipoff against West Virginia.
It's interesting the difference in getting ready for a game at 11 a.m. as opposed to the normal noon start.

When I drove over to the Phonebooth from my home this morning, there was almost no one on the road.  When you leave an hour later, there is much more activity.

I arrived at Verizon Center around 7:45 a.m. and found that my food, provided by Sarah Guixens and the great people at Georgetown Catering, was here.  Since it's an early start, we went for a full breakfast mode and assistant SID Ryan Sakamoto and I agree, it was perhaps the best meal we've had here.  The breakfast croissants, particularly the sausage, egg & cheese, were spectacular.

A few NBA scouts here, including Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski and Rod Thorn, who used to help run the NBA, are here.  I forgot that Thorn is a WVU alum, and he was talking up his team this morning, but still pretty cool to meet him.

And you can always tell it's  a big game when Westwood One and the national radio boradcast are here.  It requires us to have a different setup not only for press row, but it affects some of our sideline seating, which Steve Alleva so masterfully handles.  It is also a chance to hear legendary head coach John Thompson, Jr. do a game.

Among the other notables here today is former Georgetown basketball player, and former NFL Commissioner, Paul Tagliabue.

There is a pretty full media contingent here too.  West Virginia brought a fairly big number of people here, but since the heart of BIG EAST play is here now, so too are a lot of D.C. media, including Washington Post columnist Tracee Hamilton.

We're at the final media timeout of the first half and the game is tied at 21-all. 

Back here for the second half, sorry, had things to take care of, notably making sure my 9-year-old daughter and her three friends were behaving sitting by themselves.

The Hoyas have scored the first seven points of the second half and Chris Wright just hit a huge three-pointer to give GU a 32-29 lead.  The best part of that may have been when Chris beat his chest after the shot and pointed some fans courtside....funny moment.

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