The Grand Canyon University Men’s Basketball Team arrived in Denver ahead of the NCAA Tournament only to realize they were without their bags. Reported by Matt Norlander on Twitter, the team was missing several bags that included equipment, uniforms and athletic gear.
This year in March Madness travel blunders: Grand Canyon arrived in Denver this afternoon, only to discover the airline it flew on didn't deliver its bags/uniforms/athletic gear, per a GCU spokesperson.
The team practices in two hours and will be wearing regular GCU T-shirts.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 15, 2023
As luck would have it, Bryce Drews older brother and Baylor head coach Scott Drew is also in Denver for the tournament. Scott Drew offered his brother Baylor gear for the Lopes to practice in. However, despite the kind brotherly gesture, the madness resulted in a shopping spree for the Lopes Basketball team.
The team needed new shoes and athletic gear to practice ahead of their first round game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Lopes junior forward Aidan Igiehon took to TikTok to rave about the team’s new kicks and equipment.
#MarchMadness sad story. ill take the free kicks tho
Update: GCU practiced at Regis University and got hooked up with shoes midway through practice via a run to multiple stores. pic.twitter.com/UBNczQut1F
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 16, 2023
Per a Tweet posted by Grand Canyon Men’s Basketball Twitter, team bags were secured late Wednesday night.
𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: bags secured. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/tfb60hgqzF
— Grand Canyon Men’s Basketball (@GCU_MBB) March 16, 2023