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March madness already in full swing at UNI

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by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - March Madness isn't just about what takes place on the court. At UNI, the madness has already begun. For many around the Panther athletic department, the last 24 hours have been a blur.

From the moment it popped up the screen, the week of waiting took a big turn.

"Last night was pretty fun watching the selection show, finding out who we're gonna play," said UNI sophomore guard Kerwin Dunham.

"They've been a little hectic," said UNI junior guard Ali Farokhmanesh about the past 24 hours.  "I've been getting calls left and right, but it's been fun, too. This is what we worked for the whole year."

"Yeah, actually the madness part of it does pretty start after the Selection Sunday," said UNI Assistant Athletic Director for Business Greg Davies.

Minutes after finding out the Panthers were headed to Portland, Davies headed back to the office. He didn't leave until almost midnight.

"Once you find out where you're going then getting the hotels and making contact with the tournament host folks, getting the buses," said Davies.

By 7:30 Monday morning, Davies was back to work, ironing out one more little detail...getting there.

"Waiting until about 4:00 in the afternoon today when you basically have all day the day before you would be leaving to know that, some people get anxious, but it all comes together," said Davies.

The team, band and cheerleaders will take off on a charter flight from Waterloo Tuesday morning at 11. Time for a deep breath.

"It's kinda calm before the storm again," said Davies.

Davies will help with more logistical issues while in Portland. He says part of what makes planning this trip more challenging is UNI playing on Thursday. In the team's last three tournament appearances, they didn't play until Friday.

News Channel Seven's Bryan Goettel will be covering UNI's tournament run in Portland.  His coverage from Portland begins on Tuesday.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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