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Madison Square Garden becomes Husky Nation for a night.

POSTED March 28, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


NEW YORK, NEW YORK: You’ve read all the previews of what the experts think is going to happen later Friday when the UConn Husky men take on the Iowa Cyclones at Madison Square Garden.

If you still have some semblance of a bracket left and picked both these teams to be playing tonight, great job.

Not me, I thought UConn would get here, thought they would be playing UNC though.

What we have seen and usually see this time of the year has less to do with rankings and more do with how a team is playing at this point.

Less about the name on the shirt, more about the heart inside the person with the jersey on.

For both these teams, but UConn more so, getting back here was half the battle.

A campus in Storrs, CT that regularly migrated to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” each spring for the Big East Tournament is back in the “Big Apple” after a year away because of the teams ban from post season action.

UConn has always traveled well, since the days of Jim Calhoun and his tremendous teams that included so many great athletes named Allen or Hamilton or Okafor who always seemed to make noise this time of the year.

Come on, they are putting extra trains on just for UConn fans tonight. Our own Patrick Tiscia is braving the tracks on his way to NYC as we speak.

It’s become an event of Super Bowl proportions, at least the ticket prices have.

For a low, low price of just over $61,000, you could snatch up a seat in the Suite 11 box that better be lined with gold that you get to put in a bag and take back home later.

Sideline seats are running between, $1000 and $4000.

Pat could sell his seat…never mind, I want to be able to go back again.

This is, by all accounts, a game the Huskies can win if they play as they have over the last week, especially if they play as they did against Providence in their last outing.

The Tournament has three number one’s left standing. Virginia, Florida and Arizona have stayed steady.

Virginia and Michigan State will be in action tonight at the Garden after the UConn game and while Virginia is ranked number one in the East and Michigan State fourth, it is State who may predict will move on to play Sunday in the Elite 8.

Talking about an Elite 8 appearance and the University of Connecticut in the same breath reminds us why we love this tournament.

The team from Storrs has looked horrible at times this season yet beat the Number 1 ranked team in the country (Florida) at Gampel earlier this season on a Shabazz Napier miracle at the buzzer.

Mr. Tiscia showed remarkable skill at not getting run over when the team ran over the writers table as the team rushed by to get at their senior leader.

Pat clearly still has the move, he’s the youngest of the original three here at LCS.

I would have been a chalk outline (especially with my current knee situation) while I’m pretty sure Mr. Wilson would have gotten out of the way but a sprain may have occurred.

Arizona, the third No. 1 team left in the mix, playing out of the West, is still standing as are the Dayton Flyers.

The Flyers are back in action on Saturday when they take on Florida with a Final Four berth on the line.

Their motto since the end of the regular season is one any team could use at this point.

“Why not us?”

It’s a question all these teams need to consider as they look to be the last team standing come Tuesday, April 8.      

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