These UConn Huskies were always the underdog, but they never stopped believing.
A national title doesn't just bring a trophy. For Kentucky's John Calipari and Connecticut's Kevin Ollie, it will bring validation, which to them is far more valuable and enduring.
Sure, Kentucky is a No. 8 seed. But these Wildcats aren't the same as Villanova in 1985.
With every UConn win, the question followed the Huskies: How long can they stay here? Turns out, until the very end.
The focus is always on what's next. Will a player leave for the NBA? Is he ready? But this Final Four and its teams should remind us to enjoy the now.
Kevin Ollie first had to prove he was able to success in Jim Calhoun's shadow before proving he was up to the task at UConn. The Huskies' Final Four run dispels any remaining doubts.
Survive and advance takes on a new meaning when examining the paths the final four have taken this season.
UConn wasn't expected to do much this season and wasn't even eligible for the NCAA tournament last season. Look at the Huskies now.
Some are coming, some are going ... some are unsure they even want to be there at all. A creation of realignment, the American Athletic Conference will be undeniably awkward in its first season.
With the conference season set to get under way, Dana O'Neil takes a look at what's in store for the Big East.
If there is a lesson to learn in the realignment mess, it is to know who you are. Or better, know who you aren't. With that in mind, the Catholic 7 from the Big East finally had their come-to-Jesus moment.
Time to break down why it will go well -- or poorly -- for each of the tourney teams.
The Big East Conference hasn't decided whether it will include Connecticut in next year's basketball tournament or if the Huskies will have to stay home from New York because of its APR penalty.
The comparisons of coaching and parenting, Champ Week and teams sealing their own fate are in the spotlight.
With just a few more days left to ponder what might be, Dana O'Neil breaks down the top 25 things that she's looking forward to this season.