This doesn't really feel like a basketball game for some reason. Yes, we're at the Palestra, and yes, there are two Big 5 teams facing each other.
But it feels almost more like a family reunion dinner than a sporting event. You have Jerome Allen facing not only Fran Dunphy, but his former college roomate Shawn Trice. And you know Matt Langel has been thinking about this night a lot too.
As of this afternoon, there were still around 1,000 seats available. Judging from the crowd so far, it won't be close to a sellout.
But you know that everyone here will remember that pregame handshake between Allen and Dunphy for a long time.
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