Friday, December 26, 2014

Live chat: 2013 NCAA tournament Friday marathon

I have been covering college basketball in Philadelphia for a decade now, and I can't remember heading into a day as wild as this one promises to be.

Live chat: 2013 NCAA tournament Friday marathon

La Salle´s Tyreek Duren (3) shoots over Saint Louis´ Kwamain Mitchell,<br />right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday,<br />March 9, 2013, in St. Louis. Saint Louis won 78-54. (AP Photo/Bill<br />Boyce)
La Salle's Tyreek Duren (3) shoots over Saint Louis' Kwamain Mitchell, right, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 9, 2013, in St. Louis. Saint Louis won 78-54. (AP Photo/Bill Boyce)

UPDATE (3:50 p.m.) - No. 9 Temple advanced past No. 8 N.C. State with a 76-72 win in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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I have been covering college basketball in Philadelphia for a decade now, and I can't remember heading into a day as wild as this one promises to be.

Since I moved here to start college in 2002, the city has hosted the NCAA tournament twice: in 2006 in 2009. Both times, there were multiple local teams in the tournament field. But on both of those occasions, Villanova stayed home, so we didn't need to watch too many venues at once.

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This time, it's going to be crazy. Temple's in Dayton, La Salle and Villanova are in Kansas City, and eight other teams are at the Wells Fargo Center. And if that's not enough, the end of the Owls' game against N.C. State will overlap with the start of the Explorers' game against Kansas State.

The TV schedule is here. Keep it handy.

Whether in person or from afar, we'll all be trying to follow everything at once. So keep this page open throughout the day for live updates from across the country.

As you would expect, we've got staff from the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com spread out in Dayton, Kansas City and here in Philadelphia. I'll be running our live chat from the Wells Fargo Center, with updates coming in from the other games.

Here's a full list of who's at which venues, with links to their Twitter handles:

Dayton
Keith Pompey
Phil Sheridan
Ed Barkowitz
Marcus Hayes
David Maialetti

Kansas City
Joe Juliano (Villanova)
Marc Narducci (La Salle)
Bob Ford
Mike Kern
Rich Hofmann
Ron Cortes

Philadelphia
Frank Fitzpatrick (Duke-Albany and Creighton-Cincinnati)
Zach Berman (Georgetown-Florida Gulf Coast and San Diego State-Oklahoma)
Mike Jensen
Dick Jerardi
Sam Donellon
Jonathan Tannenwald
Matt Mullin
Justin Klugh
Samantha Corrado
David Swanson
Steven M. Falk

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Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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