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Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:39 pm | Updated: 1:09 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Thursday’s NCAA Regional attendance was 20,101 inside University of Phoenix Stadium, but it felt cold.

Since filling a 73,000-seat football stadium wasn’t going to happen, the field area was cut in half and, similar to when Arizona State played BYU in mid-December, portable bleachers were set up on one end of the court.

TEPID ATMOSPHERE

Thursday’s NCAA Regional attendance was 20,101 inside University of Phoenix Stadium, but it felt cold.

Since filling a 73,000-seat football stadium wasn’t going to happen, the field area was cut in half and, similar to when Arizona State played BYU in mid-December, portable bleachers were set up on one end of the court.

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There were pockets of fans clustered together rooting for their respective schools, but other than a couple hundred fans, most of the crowd was neutral, which made for a tepid atmosphere.

There also were a couple amenities lacking. There were thin, horizontal scoreboards on the side of the stadium; the large scoreboard on the end opposite the court and a smaller scoreboard on the other end. The largest scoreboard had players and scoring stats, but it was farthest from the floor, which meant two-thirds of the fans couldn’t see what players were on the floor.

GAVIN EDWARDS

Former Gilbert Mesquite standout Gavin Edwards made his only shot of the game for Connecticut in a win over Purdue. Edwards had two points, a rebound, two turnovers and three fouls in nine minutes.

CALL THE ORKIN MAN

It was 6-on-5 for most of the UConn-Purdue game and the first half of Memphis-Missouri. A large moth made its way into the stadium and onto the court, and at one point during the second half, it scooted back and forth across the lane under UConn’s basket, but was never whistled for a 3-second violation.

DID YOU SEE?

It was a fitting conclusion to a fun first half when Missouri’s Marcus Denmon wound up from 50 feet and swished it at the halftime buzzer.

LOGO SIDE UP

The NCAA controls everything at its events, including how the media brings refreshments to the press table. Reporters aren’t allowed to take water bottles or cans of soda into the playing area; they have to pour them into a cup bearing the name of VitaminWater, an NCAA sponsor.

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