As I impatiently sat in my Barclays Center seats last night in Brooklyn to watch Maryland face off against No. 3 Kentucky, I heard my first bit of good news in a long while.
After 12 excruciatingly long and painful days, my power had been restored after being taken away by Hurricane Sandy.
At that point, just before tipoff, I knew that the game was going to be a special one. At least for me, I knew that game would continue the trend of spectacular events that Friday night was providing.
Well, I was correct.
Friday's matchup against Kentucky and Maryland at the newly-opened Barclays Center held an atmosphere that one could only imagine. The crowd was truly neutral, split as evenly as possible. The arena was awfully loud, and the energy could be felt by everyone inside.
And the game itself? Outstanding.
While Maryland didn't come away with a victory, it did learn plenty about the makeup of its team.
Here are 10 things that we learned about Mark Turgeon's squad following their narrow loss to the defending champs.