Creighton held its final practice Thursday before opening NCAA Tournament play Friday afternoon in Philadelphia against Cincinnati. Several hundred fans turned out to watch practice at the Wells Fargo Center and one family is using the tournament for a reunion.
The City of Brotherly Love is more than a nickname for the Moores. “When we found out the games were going to be here my sons got together and said I should come so this is a treat,” said David Moore.
Moore spends winters in Florida. With one son in Philadelphia and another in Omaha, this location worked out perfectly. “It is great, my dad has taught at Creighton for years so to be able to bring him up from Florida and watch them in a tournament setting,” said Tim Moore. “It’s a good deal to do a family event.”
Only one thing could make this weekend better for dad. “It has been a lifetime dream of mine to see Duke and Creighton play. It could happen."
It takes dedication to follow the Bluejays across the country. One fan has been everywhere with the Jays. “Went to Vegas, went to St Louis.” It’s been a busy season for Carson Lampe. “It’s been a fun year. Winning the Valley Tournament, getting to play at noon, going to Vegas, went to Illinois State and going to Des Moines watching them play Drake.” And now his first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
“This is the stuff you can look back when you are older and say hey, remember when we went to Philly to watch Creighton in the NCAA Tournament?” said dad Jerry Lampe. “You gotta do this stuff with your kid. You will remember it for the rest of your life.”
Carson has a special memento that will help him remember, a ball signed by every player. “I got two of them. I have one from last year. I keep it in my room and frame it.” Carson doesn't want to stop the trip in Philadelphia. “Go to the Final Four, be national champions. I got Creighton winning it all in my bracket.”