I'm not feeling a lot of love for the NCAA. The N.C. State game is scheduled to start at 10:17 p.m. Friday night. Which means 10:30. Which means it won't end, probably, until quarter to 1 at the earliest. Maybe 1 a.m. What does the NCAA think it is, Major League Baseball?
Our final edition press normally starts around 11:30 on Friday nights. So we just had a meeting to push back the press time so we can get the N.C. State-Kansas game story in. Which means the papers might be a little late on Saturday morning, but we think it's worth it. If UNC, which plays the early game, and State both win on Friday, they face each other on Sunday for the right to go to the Final Four from the Midwest Region. Which would be incredible.
If that happens, we want to be able to tell people that in the Saturday paper.
I just asked Sports Editor Steve Ruinsky what time the regional final would be on Sunday. He said that the time won't be set until Friday evening/Saturday morning. So I don't know what to tell you about planning your Sunday.