The sun is shining in Louisiana and the Panthers are ready to begin the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tipoff Tournament against Western Kentucky this afternoon. The game tips off at 4:30 p.m. CST.
The Panthers flew down on a charter from Milwaukee to Baton Rouge yesterday, and got a few hours of rest and relaxation in the 78-degree weather before practice last night at the Maravich Center. With that late practice and an early tipoff today, there is no shootaround for the Panthers, who will go through the scouting report and pregame meal here at the hotel before heading over to the arena about 2:30.
Tom Enlund from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is here with us and has a nice preview of today's game in the paper and online here.
If you want to check out a little more on Western Kentucky, you can find a website game preview here or an article in the Louisville Courier Journal here. If you want to read a little more about the hosts from LSU, here is an article from the New Orleans paper this morning. Something on Indiana State from the Terre Haute newspaper is here.
For your gameday enjoyment, Bill Johnson will, of course, have the radio call on WISN (AM 1130) beginning at 4:15. You can also listen to Bill here. It also looks like LSU will have live stats for today's game, with a full list of the live events here.
Finally, I do plan to do a live blog during the game, as well. I'll have it linked from this entry as well as from the main site when we get to the arena.