Despite that, Mugar said it’s been “awesome tournament.”
“It’s been a record attendance year, which is very surprising considering two months ago we didn’t know if we’d have fans at all,” Mugar said. “In every single region, our host team made it to the final day, so the atmosphere everywhere has been incredible. Watching the Ohio teams duck out early, it’s frustrating. On other hand, it’s the most honest open competition format ever. I used to beat myself up over stuff like that years ago, but at this point, it is what it is. We hope they come back next year and find a way to get here next year.”
Experiencing UD Arena for the first time this week, Mugar compared it to Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
“It’s a great atmosphere,” he said. “Fans are close to the action. There are no skyboxes interrupting that. It looks like a very loud environment and a great home environment.”
TBT at UD Schedule
Noon, ESPN: AfterShocks (Wichita State alumni) vs. Florida TNT.
2 p.m. Saturday, ESPN: Golden Eagles (Marquette alums) vs. Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse alums).
7 p.m., Saturday, ESPN2: Sideline Cancer vs. Team 23.
9 p.m. Saturday, ESPN2: The Money Team vs. Blue Collar U (Buffalo Bulls alums).
Noon, ESPN: AfterShocks or Florida TNT vs. Golden Eagles or Boeheim’s Army.
2 p.m., ESPN: Sideline Cancer or Team 23 vs. The Money Team or Blue Collar U.
9 p.m., ESPN: Semifinal winners.