I enjoy March Madness whether my team, the UConn Huskies, prosper or not. But, it is quite an achievement to have both our men's team and our women's team playing for the national championship. This has happened three times in the past. In 1999, the Duke Blue Devils sent both their men's and women's teams into the championship game but both lost, and the Duke men's team was beaten by, you guessed it, UConn. In 2004, UConn's men's and women's teams both took home the crown, the only time that has happened. Last year, Louisville sent both their men's and women's teams into the championship games but while their men won, their women's team lost....to UConn. So, UConn has been a part of the story each time this has happened and is, so far, the only school to win both titles in the same year. The Lady Huskies, holding the number 1 seed for the entire tounament, have gone undefeated all season and will face the only other undefeated team, Notre Dame. The men's team received a seven seed in their region and no one expected them to get into the final. Funny thing is. Watching both teams play the last couple nights, I am inclined to think the UConn men have a better shot at winning it all than the UConn women, who have not been at the top of their game all tournament. But, however it turns out, I will be watching and cheering. Nothing in the world like college ball, nothing at all.
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