When people think of March Madness and the NCAA Tournament, one of the first teams that come to mind is the much-storied University of Connecticut basketball program, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise, considering they’ve secured four titles throughout their illustrious history. That also includes last year’s championship victory over Kentucky — as a No. 7 seed, no less — when they defeated them, 60-54, to cap a wild journey that came very close to ending as early as the round of 64.
This year, however, it’s been a much different story for UConn, who may not even crack the celebrated tourney to defend their title. With a 17-13 record (10-8 conference), the Huskies have had their share of struggles through an up-and-down campaign, and are going to have to win four games in a four-day stretch in the American Athletic Conference postseason tournament to even make the field. The AAC slate begins on Thursday.
For the upcoming AAC tournament, tickets will be at a premium for those hoping to see the Huskies pull off the unlikely, en route to qualifying for the big dance. According to TiqIQ, the average ticket price on March 12th when the tournament kicks off will be $65.77 with a walk-in price of $9 when they take on the South Florida Bulls. In this instance, it will literally be win or go home for the Huskies.
Fans who are super confident UConn can pull off the same feat as last year can find flights to Indianapolis for the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on Hipmunk.com. Indianapolis hotels are also available.
The Huskies do have potential to pull it off, though. They’ve been led all year by sensational senior point guard Ryan Boatright, who averaged 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4 assists per game, enjoying one of the better overall campaigns by any collegiate player in America this season. Furthermore, he led Connecticut in three-pointers and steals, and has a potential career in the NBA starting next year.
UConn’s supporting cast has also chipped in with some notable contributions. Freshman guard Daniel Hamilton, for instance, was impressive in his debut season, nearly averaging a double-double with 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds a game, the latter of which he led the club. In addition, sophomore guard Rodney Purvis added 10.5 points a night, while sophomore center Amida Brimah averaged 10 points and was one of the NCAA’s best in blocked shots with 72.