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NCAA tourney in Buffalo -- Sunday guide

5:38 p.m.: And before you knew it, it was over.

Except for a few stragglers leaving the arena, everything immediately outside the arena is calm.

Here are some photos from the West Virginia-Missouri matchup.

5:18 p.m.: The exit rush of pedestrians is pretty much over, but traffic on Washington Street is jammed back to Scott Street.

A couple Syracuse alums waiting for the metro rail, including one visiting from near Los Angeles, said they had a great time in Buffalo this weekend.

Victoria Sun, of Torrance, Calif., and Winsome Graham, of Syracuse, said they stayed downtown at the Embassy Suites and especially liked the Chocolate Bar.

"I'm freezing," Sun said with a laugh. "My ears are very cold."

5:06 p.m.: There's still a wait for the metro.

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5:03 p.m.: One stuffed metro rail train has already left from the arena. An empty one just arrived.

5:01 p.m.: The game is over and fans are streaming from HSBC Arena.

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4:54 p.m.: The game's not quite over, but the pace of fans leaving the arena has picked up.

4:38 p.m.: As time ticks down, fans are slowly trickling from the arena.

Though clearly some people have left the arena, the fact that the game is pretty close is probably keeping fans inside.

4:17 p.m.: Here's a photo gallery from the 'Cuse-Gonzaga game.

4:14 p.m.: The end is near. Grounds crews are removing the portable metal barricades from in front of the arena.

It remains pretty calm outside. The taxi cabs are lined up. The Vitamin Water tent has plenty of free samples left.

The slight breeze is keeping it brisk out here, especially in the shade on the east side of the arena.

3:30 p.m.: Here's a full list of what's offered around the arena and downtown.

3:24 p.m.: Other options include the Washington Square Restaurant, 295 Washington St., just past Coca-Cola Field, if you're walking from the arena.

The kitchen at Buffalo Chophouse, 282 Franklin St., is open from 4 to 9 p.m.

3:12 p.m.: For those already thinking about where to grab a bite after the game, here's the start of some of your options:

Reservations are recommended -- but not required -- at D'Arcy McGee's Irish Pub, 257 Franklin St. The bar is also offering $6 pints of Samuel Adams Noble Pils in collector's glasses. Refills are $4.

At Croc Bar, 88 West Chippewa, they have drink specials after the game, including $3 well drinks, $2 shots of Southern Comfort and lime, and $2 pints of Pabst Blue Ribbon draft.

Don't bother trying Chef's Restaurant, they're closed.

2:52 p.m.: Follow the Mizzou-West Virginia live at the Campus Watch blog.

2:40 p.m.: A few Syracuse fans have exited the arena after their team's lopsided win.

Missouri-West Virginia is about to tip off. Starting lineups are being introduced now.

2:22 p.m.: One of the more interesting-looking visitors to Buffalo:

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2:14 p.m.: In what could have been my most pleasant assignment of the day, I'm happy to report there's no smell of a sewer backup outside the arena's loading dock area. 

1:58 p.m.: Something smells inside HSBC Arena, according to the Associated Press.

1:47 p.m.: The scene on Mississippi Street is quiet. There are about two dozen fans inside Benchwarmers.

Anyone inside the arena looking for a quick getaway after the end of Syracuse-Gonzaga can grab a cab outside the arena on Perry Street. There's about 10 waiting for fares.

1:25 p.m.: Here's a little video of the sights and sounds outside HSBC Arena before the Syracuse-Gonzaga tipoff:

12:30 p.m.: Attention any stragglers: there are still tickets available from scalpers.

12:12 p.m.: Looks like most people didn't want to miss the tip. It's down to a trickle heading into the arena.

12:10 p.m.: A few minutes before gametime, tickets are still for sale on the street. One entrepreneuring gentleman offered me two 300-level tickets for $150 each. He said they were at center court.

Pairs of tickets in the 100 level are still available, too.

As tipoff approaches, prices seem to be dropping and sellers seem willing to deal.

12:02 p.m.: Once Syracuse-Gonzaga tips off, track the game live at the Campus Watch blog here.

12 p.m.: Fifteen minutes to tipoff. Traffic is still pretty light in the blocks around the arena. It's a pretty open ride down Washington Street. It looks like Michigan Avenue near Scott is a lot less jammed than it was Friday morning.

11:53 a.m.: A lot of tickets still for sale on the walk down to HSBC.

Just saw what looked like a 10-year-old carrying a "We Need Tickets Please" sign.

11:50 a.m.: The influx of fans has picked up and is now a steady stream down Washington Street into the arena.

As expected, orange seems to be the most dominant color. I just ran into some Pitt fans who -- you guessed it -- said they're rooting for Gonzaga.

11:21 a.m.: Traffic -- both pedestrian and vehicular -- are picking up around the arena.

Looking to make some picks for this morning's games -- check out this post at the Campus Watch blog.

10:55 a.m.: The bars on Mississippi Street have a pretty good amount of activity already.

Most of the tables at W.J. Morrissey's had patrons, and Benchwarmers, which is the official gathering spot of Syracuse alumni, is already filled with orange-clad fans.

The Cobblestone Tavern had a pretty light crowd as of a few minutes ago.

10:48 a.m.: The parking lot at Perry and Mississippi streets has a lot of space left, and, like Friday, already has a good number of tailgaters.

10:42 a.m.: Tickets can still be had for today's games, if the price is right.

One scalper wanted to sell me two 100-level tickets for $250 each. Another had seats in the club level for $150.

10:31 a.m.: The price to park at the former Donovan building is $20 this morning, and the lot (on Washington between Scott and Exchange streets) is wide open. It was $30 to park there on Friday.

The lot right in front of the arena drooped its price to $15 today and still has some room left.

A limo bus, apparently carrying some important people, just got a quick-moving police escort with lights and sirens down Washington Street towards the arena.

10:21 a.m.: In addition to the temperature, parking prices also seem to be lower this morning than they were on Friday. A quick ride down Michigan Avenue turned up lots showing $15 and $20.

The lot right off the I-190 Elm/Seneca exit (No. 6) is $15. One lot that wasn't open Friday -- the HSBC building across Perry Street from the arena -- is open this morning. Price to park there: $20.

10:13 a.m.: It's a little chillier than it was on Friday, but the scene around HSBC Arena this morning is off to a similar start.

Tipoff for Syracuse-Gonzaga is a little more than two hours away, and the parking lots immediately around the arena -- on Perry, Washington and Scott streets, as well as Michigan Avenue, are pretty wide open.

The scalpers are also back, though they're dressed a little warmer this morning.

For a preview of today's matchups, check out this video:

Keep tabs on everything going on inside the arena today at the Campus Watch blog. You can already give a read to all of this morning's previews and analysis at the blog, thanks to Mike Harrington.

--Aaron Besecker 

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