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This week, I was fortunate enough to be one of 50 students chosen by the CU Athletic Department to travel to Las Vegas to see the Buffs participate in the PAC-12 Tournament. This was my second consecutive trip to the tournament, having gone to LA last year, and I was no less excited this time around. My roommate Philippe and I packed duffels with some clothes, notes, and food, and at 5 am Wednesday morning walked from our house to the Coors Events Center to begin our journey.
Wednesday was a crazy day. Beginning very early, we flew from DIA on a chartered flight with the spirit squad and the band. We arrived in Vegas around 10 am, and after a group photo at the famous Vegas sign, we invaded In and Out for Mike Bohn's favorite "mid-morning snack." We checked in to the Tropicana, and quickly were shepherded to the Hardrock Cafe to attend an alumni event. Finally, we went to the MGM Grand for CU's first game against Oregon State at 2:30. The band blasted the fight song throughout the casino, and after a chippy game, the Buffs advanced to the quarterfinals to play Arizona. The rest of the day was free, and Philippe and I, after a quick workout and hot tub, spent the night walking the Strip, not being 21. It was a long night full of people watching, and we went to bed exhausted.
Thursday followed virtually the same schedule as Wednesday did. Breakfast, workout, Hardrock, followed by the Arizona game. The arena was packed with UA fans, and it felt like a road game for the Buffs. Arizona simply wore the Buffs down with their depth, and despite a furious second-half comeback, the Buffs lost a tight one to the Wildcats. Following the game, we ate at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay and saw the Bellagio fountains. It was another packed Vegas day.
Friday was a free day, given our late flight. We trekked to Chipotle on the other end of the Strip, went to Niketown in Caesar's Palace, swam at the MGM pool, and ate a final meal with the whole group at the Rainforest Cafe. Our 11:45 flight was a bit late, and we didn't get home until 5 am. However, it was a great trip, and I am very grateful for the experience. The Buffs appear to be headed to the NCAA Tournament, and the swing of college basketball is just beginnning.
Until next time, go Buffs.