Saturday night, there was Florida and Wisconsin.
Starting at 2:20 p.m. Eastern time on CBS, the East region final between seventh seed Connecticut and No. 4 seed Michigan State will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ever since a loss to Louisville in the American Athletic Conference tournament championship two weeks ago, the Huskies have ripped off three consecutive wins in the NCAA tourney. UConn held off a scrappy Iowa State squad Friday night in one regional semifinal. Forward DeAndre Daniels has emerged as an offensive force during this NCAA winning streak. He scored 27 points and pulled down ten rebounds in the win over the Cyclones. Head coach and former Husky player Kevin Ollie can also count on stellar point guard Shabazz Napier helping out offensively against Michigan State.
For the Spartans, they too are enjoying an extended postseason winning streak. Theirs began at the Big Ten Conference tournament, where Michigan State won three straight to capture the league's tournament title and automatic NCAA bid. Following a win over Delaware in the second round, the Spartans have prevailed in a pair of tight contests over Harvard and Virginia to reach the regional final. Head coach Tom Izzo utilizes strong guard play from Keith Appling and interior toughness from Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson on both ends of the floor.
The Wolverines withstood a frantic finish by Tennessee in the regional semifinal Friday night. Led by the outside scoring touch of Nik Stauskas, the inside game of Glenn Robinson III, and the all-around ability of Caris LeVert, Michigan tries to cap off a Big Ten regular season title with a trip to the Final Four. Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford are two important big men who could help Michigan keep Kentucky off the glass.
The Wildcats start five freshmen, a young group that has had to grow up fast under head coach John Calipari's tutelage. Their last two NCAA tournament games, come-from-behind wins over undefeated Wichita State and defending national champion Louisville, have seen the young 'Cats learn their lessons well. Power forward Julius Randle is a force inside for Kentucky, while the Harrison twins, Aaron and Andrew, can run Kentucky's offense and drain three-point shots.
Both of Sunday's games should provide basketball fans with plenty to cheer about. The winners get to play one more weekend.