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Connecticut a likely place for champions

Updated: April 7, 2004, 1:06 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

STORRS, CT. -- Walk-on Jason Baisch strolled onto the floor at Gampel Pavilion on Tuesday evening and drew a credible standing ovation from the frenzied 7,000 fanatics gathered on the University of Connecticut campus.

When Emeka Okafor waxed eloquently about the wakening October dreams of the men's basketball, a woman's shriek stopped him short: "Take off your shirt!"

The hysteria crested when head coach Jim Calhoun came to the microphone and talked lovingly about his team.

"They ...

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