By lukewinn and Luke Winn
March 20, 2010

NEW ORLEANS -- Old Dominion fans come in all forms here: Monarchs, Maniacs, Cats in the Hat, wearers of plaid shorts ...

Old Dominion Fans

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If you're reading this, and you're in the New Orleans metro area, you might as well come down to the arena. Judging from the crowd on Thursday, there's a chance you might be able to purchase your own section of the upper deck.

New Orleans Arena Sign

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Plenty of Kentucky fans went in early -- perhaps to provide moral support to Dwon Clifton, who wasn't able to prevent John Wall from coming to Lexington?

Kentucky Fans

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The Superdome, site of four Final Fours (1982, 1987, 1993, and 2003), is right across the street from New Orleans Arena. I'd never been up close to the place before. It looks like nuclear reactor that's been decorated with a Saints sign.


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I figured the best way to set up the Kentucky-Wake duel wasn't with a John Wall-Ish Smith story, but rather some strange FlipCam video from each team's locker room:

The first one, starring UK's Mark Krebs, contains the question, "Do you find that the hair on your body hurts you from being a good basketball player?"

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And the second clip, starring Wake Forest's Phaethon Bolton, contains what might be the strangest line I've heard all season: "If you're light-skinned and you're pregnant, call me":

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