It’s the dream date many teams hope for, but this year’s magical night better known as The Big Dance belongs to Kentucky and Connecticut.
Both teams landed the coveted spot after a victorious Saturday night. The University of Connecticut pulled off a tough one by shutting down the top ranked Florida Gators 63-53. DeAndre Daniels’ 20 points and 10 rebounds were key in UConn’s 10 point victory over Florida that landed them another trip to the National Championship.
But the Cinderella or “Cinderell-o” story of the NCAA tournament is how the University of Kentucky Wildcat’s clawed their way to The Big Dance. Kentucky’s consistent play on the court during March Madness silenced critics while leaving many on the edge of their seats as they watched the “underdogs” come out on top. During the Final Four the Wildcat’s lead by five Freshman starters, including twin brothers from Houston’s Richmond area, exemplified the bold moves that pushed the team to victory in a way that left many wanting more.
During Saturday’s game against Wisconsin, the "fresh men,” hit the court like pros giving it there all. After their first rally they were trailing and it didn’t look good for the boys in blue. Then with only five seconds left on the clock, when it looked like the game was over the most spectacular thing happened. With the synchronization only twins know best, Aaron Harrison got a pass from his brother Andrew tossed it up for a three pointer and scored! The bold but perfectly executed play put Kentucky over Wisconsin 74-73 leading them to the National Championship game. Saturday’s game was the third time during the tournament Aaron Harrison shot a three pointer to seal Kentucky’s victory. His “shot of choice” was also used to help the Wildcats take down Michigan and Louisville.
For the first time in almost 4 decades, 36 years to be exact, the Huskies will be the first seventh seed team to make it to the NCAA’s National Championship Game. The Wildcats tie the record for lowest seed to make it to The Big Dance. The highly anticipated date between the Huskies and Wildcats marks the first match up of its kind since 1979 when the NCAA tournament started seeding teams. Connecticut and Kentucky go head to head Monday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.