Just getting ready for the first news conference of the day, Siena.
Would have blogged sooner, but the wireless internet hasn't been working. Not a good sign for an event that will have hundreds of reporters needing it.
I will blog after the Saints practice. Usually, teams don't unveil much at the open practices, but this will be the first time I actually get to see any of these guys play. So I'll post my initial thoughts on them. I'm curious to see Ryan Rossiter, who is Siena's 6-foot-9 forward who averages 11.1 rebounds per game. He'd seem a likely matchup for JaJuan Johnson because of that, but I don't know what his body make-up is. I'm not sure it'll matter because even if Rossiter is bigger, Chris Kramer still probably won't move up that much to guard him.
Rossiter is Siena's tallest player, so this would seem to be a good matchup for Purdue in that respect.
With Purdue's guard-oriented team, it should be able to defend Siena on the perimeter. Especially because I'm guessing the Saints haven't seen the type of pressure Purdue uses to defend.
Still, everyone is picking the Saints. Add President Obama to the list. He unveiled his bracket on ESPN, and he mentioned he felt bad for Purdue because of the injury to Robbie Hummel.
We'll have more on the game's key matchups in the print edition Friday, full of quotes from the news conference. I was hoping to get a video posted today, too, but with the wireless issues, that may not be happening. Stay tuned.