With an 87-83 victory over Kentucky, top-seeded UConn advanced to its fourth Sweet 16 in the men's NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons. Friday's game against Washington is sure to be the battle of the Huskies. And the No. 2 seed women's team beat 15th-seeded Coppin State to advance in the Women's NCAA Tournament and will face Virginia Tech on Tuesday.
Page 2 visited the UConn campus, the home of the East Coast Huskies, to find the best college basketball fans in its cross-country search for Mr. and Miss Bracket 2006.We've narrowed the candidates in our first round of Mr. Bracket finalists. Check out the four candidates and vote for your favorite in the poll on the right. And vote for your favorite Huskies' Miss Bracket candidate.
And don't forget that it's not too late to enter the online version of our contest. Click here to show support for your school, submit your essay and photo and enter to win a Mobile ESPN phone.
Hometown: Wallingford, Conn.
Why I should be Mr. Bracket:
I've camped out, been the first in line and sat in the same front row seat at every men's game in Gampel for the last two years. I've painted up for every home men's and women's games. Drove back and forth from San Antonio to New Orleans so I could see both our men and women win titles, and I've made both semis too. Spring breaks are dedicated to Big East tourneys.
Hometown: Newtown, Conn.
Why I should be Mr. Bracket:
1. Body paint ... six bucks
2. Rubbing Dickie V's head ... sweaty hand
3. Camping out below zero for countless games ... quite a few missed classes
4. Losing your voice at every game ... free, tough guys don't need cough drops
5. Rumored to wear "the suit" for the last couple years ... ridiculously hot, but amazing
6. Tippin' my hat and not a car to Rudy and the Huskies when they cut down the nets ... PRICELESS
Hometown: New Jersey.
Why I should be Mr. Bracket: Do you know what it's like to be in a $30 tent in minus-2 degree temperatures with deathly winds blowing? Or that I can't sleep for nights if they lose and I have prescribed sleeping medicines? And that I'll wake up at 4 a.m. to plan my body paint designs? Only, if you knew.
Hometown: Litchfield, Conn.
Why I should be Mr. Bracket: You want dedication? I came to UConn to play at games in the Pep Band. I've had to practice and EARN my spot at games for the past three years. The results? I've played three tours with the band to every NCAA Tournament game, seen Big East Champs, kissed half-court in San Antonio in 2004 and earned a DUAL National Championship ring. Plus, in the offseason I'm the Pride of Connecticut's Drum Major. Mission accomplished.
Hometown: Aurora, Colo.
Why I should be Mr. Bracket: The Huskies are in my blood, my grandfather and my father went to UConn. When I was younger, I'd cry to sleep after UConn losses. This year, losing is no longer a concern. I may be from Colorado, but I belong in Storrs. I line up days in advance for games, paint myself and cheer till I'm hoarse for my Huskies. You better believe I'll be following the boys to Washington and Indianapolis. Go Huskies!
Hometown: Cranston, R.I.
Why I should be Mr. Bracket: When the Huskies are playing I transform into "Joe Husky" with my UConn paw, I call out the defenses and passes to my buddy Jimmy C. I once saved Rudy from falling down a flight of stairs. Forget Mr. Bracket, I am Mr. UConn and I love Denham Brown like a son. Go Huskies!
Photo credits: Dan Minicucci for ESPN.com.