There’s enough stress inherent in making it to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.
Getting lost or stuck in a blizzard on the way to the arena is about the last thing players and coaches need while preparing for high-stakes hoops.
That’s what Loyola Chicago and Villanova both had to deal with Wednesday.
First, the Ramblers, who got lost on their way to Atlanta’s Philips Arena to practice for Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup with Nevada.
“In terms of getting to the arena, we were supposed to get an escort, we didn’t, and no one knew how to get here,” Loyola coach Porter Moser told reporters. “Our bus driver didn’t know and it took us 35, 40 minutes to get here.”
It’s an issue that apparently wasn’t quickly resolved when the escort didn’t arrive.
“Some of us were even starting to be like ‘what is going on right now?'” Ramblers guard Clayton Custer said. “So I knew Porter was not happy about what was happening. We were driving around, driving around. When we finally made it, I knew he was going to say something to somebody.”
C’mon, coach. Act like you’ve been here before. Oh, wait. Ok, you haven’t. Lesson learned, I guess.
But still, somebody had a smart phone right? Waze? Google Maps? How is finding a giant arena in a major metropolitan area an issue for anyone in 2018?
As for Villanova, apparently the team wasn’t alerted of the massive snow storm engulfing the East Coast ahead of its trip from Philadelphia to Boston to play West Virginia on Friday.
Instead of getting out ahead of the storm, this happened.
GO? CATS: Villanova’s team bus is stymied by the snow on campus as the players and coaches head to Boston for the Sweet 16 pic.twitter.com/I0npP4v013
— Ian Bush (@ianthebush) March 21, 2018
It appears, like the Ramblers, the Wildcats eventually found their way.
Then there’s Gonzaga, which was late for media obligations at L.A.’s Staples Center ahead of its Thursday matchup against Florida State.
Gonzaga just now arriving for today's media interviews at the STAPLES Center for the Sweet 16. I'm going to guess LA traffic and Californians' inability to drive in the rain contributed to their tardiness. pic.twitter.com/YP22KTKi9n
— Sam Adams (@SWXSamAdams) March 21, 2018
The Spokesman-Review was on the case, and it turned out to be a very relatable problem the Bulldogs encountered.
Gonzaga’s team bus delayed by a flat tire en route to Staples Center.
— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) March 21, 2018
Hopefully everyone makes it in time for tip-off this weekend.
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