UConn campus buzzes with excitement after men’s basketball makes it to Final Four

UConn guard Jordan Hawkins (24) celebrates in the second half of an Elite 8 college basketball...
UConn guard Jordan Hawkins (24) celebrates in the second half of an Elite 8 college basketball game against Gonzaga in the West Region final of the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 25, 2023, in Las Vegas.(Source: AP Photo/David Becker)
Published: Mar. 26, 2023 at 7:26 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 26, 2023 at 11:45 PM EDT
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STORRS, Conn. (WFSB) - For the 6th time in program history, the UConn men’s basketball team has advanced to the Final Four after last nights dominating win over Gonzaga.

The Huskies will take on Miami after the Hurricanes defeated Texas.

The players will have just under a week to rest until then, but campus excitement is growing by the day.

Last night was UConn’s most impressive win so far, with a 28-point victory leading to multiple celebrations from fans all over Connecticut.

Fans have been showing their UConn pride from Storrs to Southington and all over the state.

Channel 3 spoke with fans who gave insight into how far this team could go and how the campus has come alive.

“After that Gonzaga win, I don’t think any team can stop us. I think, after seeing us beat Gonzaga last night, I think they’re scared no matter who wins. I honestly think no other team can stand a chance,” said Nathan Grom, UConn Sophomore.

Nathan, like many other fans, feels like he has a special connection with the team.

“I feel like I’m on the team half the time. I always refer to myself as ‘we’ even though I’m not playing. I just feel like we’re all one team, basically,” said Nathan.

“It’s all a lot of us can talk about. Everyone’s always like, “oh did you see the game last night?” So it’s a super happy thing everyone is excited about,” said Kiley Malinowski, UConn Freshman.

If you’re interested in going to Houston to watch the Huskies play, the school’s Athletic Director, David Benedict, released some information on how to get there.

A bus ride from Connecticut to Houston will cost around $400 to $500.

“I’ll just stay home and enjoy it by myself or maybe with friends.”

While the majority of students will stay on campus, UConn sophomore Nick Melville may take the trip to watch the Huskies make a lone star statement.

“Coming off of spring break, it’s a little tough. It’s in Texas, one of our buddies has a hotel room out there so it’s up to us if we want to make the trip out there. It would definitely be an experience though, that’s for sue. You don’t see your team in a Final Four every day,” said Nick Melville, UConn Sophomore.