ANAHEIM, Calif. – Southern California and the occasion of the Sweet 16 lured a variety of celebrities to the Honda Center for Thursday’s games between Gonzaga and Florida State, and Michigan and Texas Tech.
Dikembe Mutombo, the Congolese-American center and humanitarian who’s known as one of the NBA’s greatest shot-blockers, sat three rows behind the floor in a mosh pit of Seminoles fans. Mutombo’s nephew is Mfiondu Kabengele, Florida State’s 6-foot-10 sophomore forward and top scorer.
On the opposite side of the court, perched a few rows behind Gonzaga’s bench, was former Bulldogs center Johnathan Williams, now a member of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers. A night earlier, Williams scored eight points and had six rebounds in a 15-point loss to the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where GU won opening-round NCAA Tournament games against Fairleigh Dickinson and Baylor a week earlier.
Rich Eisen, the NFL Networks analyst who also hosts the El Segundo, California-based “Rich Eisen Show,” was in attendance to watch his alma mater, Michigan, play Texas Tech in the nightcap.
Actor Will Ferrell was also expected to show up. The funnyman lives in Los Angeles and told radio host Dan Patrick Thursday morning on the “Dan Patrick Show” he planned to take his kids and wife to see the Bulldogs play the Seminoles, mispronouncing the name of the Jesuit school in Spokane.
NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller was the color commentator on the CBS broadcast of Gonzaga-Florida State.
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