Emotions were running high on the Storrs campus as the University of Connecticut men's basketball team prepare to play Florida in their Final Four matchup.
UConn men's basketball team will play the Florida Gators at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX at 6:09 p.m. Saturday.
To advance to the Final Four, the Huskies beat the Michigan State Spartans 60-54 on March 30. The Huskies defeated Iowa State in the Sweet Sixteen, 81-76, on March 28. UConn defeated Villanova, 77-65, in the round of 32 and St. Joe's in overtime, 89-81, during the first round of the tournament.
Earlier in the season, UConn defeated Florida 65-64 in early December in Storrs. However in Saturday night's game, the Huskies are a 7-point underdog.
For the first time in years, this game is not airing on CBS, TBS has the national broadcast of this game. If you'd like to hear the UConn announcers call it, switch over to TRU TV. Eyewitness News will have all the wrap up of the game at 11 p.m.
Fans pack arena to watch big game
Gampel Pavilion was filled with UConn fans Saturday afternoon after doors opened at 5 p.m.
"I am excited for this, I am pumped," said Kristin Volz, who is a UConn freshman. "I have my hat on ready to support our men's basketball team.
Experts critics and odds makers have counted our seventh-seeded Huskies out since the tournament started, but the believers never doubted.
"Everyone else in the country had Michigan beating us, but this is UConn Country. We had them going all the way," said Emily Stoecker, who is an UConn sophomore. "We still have them going all the way. UConn Huskies."
The game would shown on "large screens that will be visible throughout" the arena.
University officials urged students to wear blue and white on Saturday and Sunday "to show your support for UConn and our teams."
Increased police patrols on UConn campus
Husky blue is being worn with pride all over Storrs. Many of the celebrations starting last night with a J. Cole concert.
"It's crazy, Husky fever everywhere," said Nolan Birtwell, who is a freshman at UConn. "We got this."
Police patrols have been ramped up all Saturday and extra security stationed outside Gampel Pavilion. This was the home to some of the larger gatherings after Sunday's win over Michigan State.
In the wake of the men's victory in the Eastern Regional, one student was arrested outside Gampel Pavilion for breach of peace after he was witness waving around a burning magazine.
The university administration is reminding students to celebrate responsibly. A letter was sent to students by UConn President Susan Herbst and basketball coaches Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma.
"The eyes of the nation will again be on UConn - not only in Dallas and Nashville, but back home in Connecticut as well," the letter said.
Following previous national titles some have created trouble and been arrested for causing vandalism while celebrating victories.
"We hope both games will end in celebrations on our campuses this weekend and beyond - but if you celebrate, please do so responsibly. Don't let an amazing moment like a UConn victory be tarnished by doing something destructive."
UConn Men's Basketball team will play the Stanford Cardinals in Nashville, Tenn. at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. The game will be shown live on campus in the Student Union Theatre with doors opening at 8 p.m.
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