bball CCSC Prez Seth Flaxman writes in to let us know there will be free edibles at the Columbia v. Duke basketball game viewing party tonight in the Lerner auditorium at 8 pm. There will also be free t-shirts and maybe some school spirit on hand.

And if you have 2 IDs, there will be alcohol, so you and ROAR-EE can drown your sorrows after what promises to be a crushing defeat.

Outcome Update, 11:45 PM:

Half an hour prior to tipoff, Roone Arledge Auditorium’s lower level was packed with students anxiously beholding the giant screen, on which was projeted an inert image of a Lion and a Blue Devil clashing.  A lengthy queue extended from the tables stocked with free food out onto the ramps, filled with students fixing for any one of the delicious, tailgate-style food options available.  The back of the auditorium was reserved for a beer garden.  The sign said “two I.D.’s to drink,” but you really only needed one, or zero.  Nobody cared.

Columbia captured the first lead of the game, 3-0, after a particularly fine shot.  The audience erupted in rapturous and sustained cheering, especially after the Lions held their own for the opening five minutes – at the first time-out, the score was 11-10, Duke.  But Columbia quickly collapsed: the trifectas stopped falling, the offense failed at inside play when kicked in the balls by its ridiculous height disadvantage, and the defense found itself overmatched against Duke’s well-balanced attack (for the same reason).  The Blue Devils took a 46-24 lead into halftime, and for the rest of the game, Columbia’s score hovered around half of Duke’s.  The beer garden closed, the crowd of remaining fans dwindled, and the Lions limped to a 86-43 defeat.