Friday, March 7, 1:05 p.m.
I've been on the lookout for bad omens all weekend, and in the Shockers' final departure for the Scottrade Center, the first one appears: All but two players are late for the 11:20 a.m. bus, having been slowed by packing up their bags for the travel day, and a bus malfunction results in a piercing beeping noise for the entire ride.
Another group shake. Another group naaaahhhh. They are in the history books but hardly finished. Thirty-four-and-oh-and-counting.