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March 22, 2009 at 2:10 PM

What’s spinning at Seattle’s NCAA sub-regional

DJ.jpgYou probably know Seattle digs live music and is the birthplace of my all-time favorite musician Jimi Hendrix. So, I thought it would be interesting to see what the players were listening to heading into their opening-round games on Saturday.
I was secretly hoping Xavier coach Kevin McGuff played F Amber Harris so I could see what type of motivation Britney Spears could offer her, the track playing in her iPod. But he made the right decision not wasting Harris’ season when the rest of the team was able to win without her all year.
Britney isn’t what you’d expect to come out of Harris’ mouth, kind of like the surprise I felt when former Sonic Kevin Durant went into a monologue about how listening to Beyonce gets him pumped before games. Never will understand that.
Also spun in the Xavier locker room was T.I.’s “Big Things Poppin'” (G Special Jennings) and Lil Jon and Common (C Ta’Shia Phillips).
Over in Montana’s headquarters, G Sonya Rogers said she was a “shuffle kind of girl,” listening to random 80s and hip-hop tracks. Senior Mandy Morales didn’t even bring her iPod while center Britney Lohman mixed Kanye West with Kelly Clarkston. Coach Robin Selvig said he was, “listening to El Divo to keep calm.”
In the winning locker room, Gonzaga used its theme song “Thunder,” which also plays before the team takes the court at home and as a couple of the player’s ring tones. On the side, F Vivian Frieson listened to Drake’s “So Far Gone” and Heather Bowman played Bow Wow’s new release “You Can Get it All” and some Linkin Park.
For Pitt, G Sophronia Sallard brought her iPod, but not the charger so it’s sitting dead in her suitcase. “That’s why I draw in my spare time,” said Sallard, who was tagging a dry-erase board with her name prior to locker room interviews. “We actually play Catch Phrase a lot.”
Yet, when G Shavonte Zellous hears a beat, Sallard said that’s the one teammate who can’t fight the urge to dance.
“She’s probably the most goofiest person on our team,” Sallard said. “She’s really, really silly. Randomly she’ll just get up and dance and do stuff like that. It’s really funny. When she hears just a little bit of music, she’ll just start dancing and everyone is just looking at her like, ‘OK.’ We’ll hear the music, too, but she’ll be the one up and really getting into it.”

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