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Families Flock To Open NCAA Practices Ahead Of Tournament

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NCAA games haven’t been held in Spokane for two years and now – the excitement is bubbling up. NCAA games haven’t been held in Spokane for two years and now – the excitement is bubbling up.
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NCAA games haven’t been held in Spokane for two years and now – the excitement is bubbling up.

Wednesday’s practices were open to the public at the Spokane Arena as all eight teams – Harvard, Delaware, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Oklahoma, San Diego State, North Dakota State and New Mexico State – took to the hardwood over the course of seven hours.

“This is the closest we can get, other than Portland when Portland has it, to see something like this,” Lanny Guyer told KHQ’s Kelsey Watts.

Guyer and his wife Susan made the trip to Spokane from Medford, Oregon to be part of the tournament. With family in Coeur D’Alene they were here to watch the 2012 games and vowed back them that if the NCAA ever came back to Spokane, so would they.

“That's the fun of watching college basketball is the excitement and enthusiasm - you never know what could happen,” Susan Guyer added, noting that the tournament is single elimination.

Sitting across the arena to watch practice Wednesday were three young brothers – perhaps the luckiest in town. Their mother let them miss a day of school to watch their favorite team from Oklahoma and they couldn’t see the Sooners soon enough.

“Yesterday we met the team at the hotel, so it was pretty cool,” Kade Turner, 14, told KHQ’s Kelsey Watts.

“Yeah we got to shake everybody's hand, got to know them, and all that," added Kole Turner, 10.

Kade, Kole and their 11-year-old brother Kasen were all decked out in their finest UO gear – including sweatshirts and homemade signs. They’ve watched the team on television over the years – but watching them practice in person Wednesday was a dream come true.

As the first four games are played at the Spokane Arena Thursday, the Guyer’s will be among the thousands in attendance, rooting for the top seeds and the underdogs.

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