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No ice for Ants

Team president Jeff Potter confirmed it before the game: Wednesday's Mad Ants-Santa Cruz playoff game will be the first time that the Ants have not played over ice.

Because the Komets are not in the playoffs, Memorial Coliseum doesn't have ice, which means the basketball floor was laid over concrete, and the end hockey boards are down.

The place looks different.

As has been mentioned several times, this is the Ants' first playoff appearance. And it's also the first for Santa Cruz, but not for the franchise.

Santa Cruz was once the Dakota Wizards, which made the playoffs five times, including winning the D-League championship in 2007, which was the team's first season.

A quick observation: This seems to be a loose group. While sitting court-side, I look over where the Ants are warming up, and there are Brandon Wallace and Tony Mitchell in a mock slap fight.