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Spartan fans lost in a sea of red during first round of NCAA Tournament

By Stephen Brooks          Posted: 03/24/13 11:26am         

College Park, Md. — Perhaps MSU women’s basketball fans spent all their money traveling to Hoffman Estates, Ill. for the Big Ten Tournament.

Or maybe it was the difference in distance from East Lansing to the conference tournament compared to the site of MSU’s first-round NCAA Tournament game: College Park, Md.

Regardless, the Spartans played the equivalent of a road game in a 55-47 win over Marist on Saturday afternoon. In the announced crowd of 4,058 I’d estimate there were easily less than 100 clad in green rooting for MSU.

This doesn’t come as a total shock — Marist’s James J. McCann Arena is just 295 miles from the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center, whereas Breslin Center is a much further 587 miles.

And many in the overwhelmingly red crowd likely were Maryland fans sticking around from the day’s earlier game to check out the Terrapins next opponent.

So after overcoming a pseudo-road game on Saturday, it will be a true road game for the Spartans on Monday facing the Terrapins on their home floor.

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