Central Michigan plays at Hawaii Monday night in a Rainbow Classic game that tips off at 11 p.m. local time and 4 a.m. on the East Coast, and for those wondering how in the world they'll either stay or get up to watch this one, here are some sources of inspiration.
Two nights earlier in Hawaii around the same time, Central Michigan's overtime game against Montana State was just ending. Thrilling, we know. And yes, people were in the stands heroically doing their best to stay awake and watch two non-local, non-power conference teams slug it out.
At the end of Saturday night's exciting overtime game, there were only about 55 fans in the arena for the second half and both schools' broadcasters could be easily heard from the benches during the quiet points of the game, despite being on the opposite side of the court.
The Chippewas ended up losing, but The 55 who remained got to say they were there to see highly regarded freshman Trey Zeigler score 21 points for his father, coach Ernie Zeigler.
The night before that, Zeigler made his debut with 11 points and eight rebounds as Central Michigan won against Cal State Fullerton on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer from Jalin Thomas, who was sick during the game but found a way to send everyone home happy.
So the benchmark for college basketball late-night watching has been set. Go to sleep at your own risk Monday night.