Wake Forest players already are on the court. Duke assistant coaches are standing at courtside. Mickie Krzyzewski is standing in the press room. Wake Forest students are in the bleachers. A black or gold T-shirt is on every seat. Each is extra large, each is made in El Salvador.
People with credentials continue to rush into Joel Coliseum, none of them trying to hide their excitement.
Even if you didn't know that the basketball team at Duke was No. 1 and the basketball team at Wake Forest was No. 6, you'd know you were at a big game. An electric hum fills the building.
There is life outside the Super Bowl, and tonight it is here.