Greetings from College Station, Texas, where the Sioux will meeet Texas A&M in a few hours. This is one of the few road trips we're taking with UND basketball this season.
It's a beautiful day. Temperature around 50, sunny, no wind, no snow. Nice.
The locals think it's too cold. A front page headline in today's Houston Chronicle read: "Feel cold now? Just wait" It's supposed to drop down into the 20s later this week in Houston and College Station, about 100 miles northwest. Can't believe people put up with this weather.
About tonight's game:
UND played well here a year ago, losing 76-62. Its Princeton-based offense, at times, frustrated A&M, which prefers to use its athleticism to get up and down the floor. UND coaches all along have been pleased with the way their players run the deliberate offense. Shots just haven't fallen early in most of UND's games.
If that happens again in a few hours, could be a very, very long night. A&M is 10-3 and nearly cracked this week's AP top 25 poll.
The Sioux have been gone from Grand Forks since New Year's Day. Its the life of a program making the transition to Division I college basketball. You take the games when you can get them and hope the teams you play will have an off night or two.
At the airport this morning, talked to Sioux football coach Chris Mussman, who left for a recruiting trip to Wisconsin.
UND football coaches are all on the road. They're in California, Georgia, Florida and the Upper Midwest. Signing day is about a month away.
More later from the game.