(AP) – The festive atmosphere that has been building on the streets of Indianapolis has started to make its way inside Lucas Oil Stadium, where Michigan State is preparing to face Duke and Wisconsin is meeting Kentucky in Saturday night’s national semifinals.
As the NCAA likes to say, “The road ends here.”
At the fan fest in in the massive convention center across the street from the stadium, the predominant color was red. Maybe Kentucky fans will catch up later, but Wisconsin supporters were winning the competition early.
This is the first time that Indianapolis has hosted the Final Four since 2010, when the Blue Devils knocked off upstart Butler to win coach Mike Krzyzewski’s fourth national title.
Krzyzewski, by the way, has been wearing that title ring lately.
“Usually I don’t wear a ring on my right fingers, but I did for the tournament,” he said. “Not for luck or anything, just a constant reminder of what it is. To come back here, again.”
Well, the Blue Devils are here. So is Big Blue Nation, chasing perfection. Thousands of Badgers fans. And the green and white of Michigan State, Wisconsin’s Big Ten rival.
Let the games begin.