The Connecticut Huskies head into Monday's Elite Eight matchup with Kentucky ready for anything, as they saw what happened to the high-ranked Baylor Bears over the weekend when they were upset by Louisville, who advanced the Elite Eight over the defending champions.
The Huskies will try to avoid that same fate on Monday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport as they try to advance to the Final Four again. Both Louisville's men's and women's teams are alive for the championship, but UConn is the only representative for their school and they want to make it count after watching the Bears go down.
Kentucky is the second seeded team in the region and is looking to get to the Final Four for the first time against a team that knows how to win all too well. The Wildcats have made it to the regional finals in three of the past four years and they will have a tough test against a team that has won eight national championships.
The Huskies entered the postseason in a strange place after not winning either the Big East regular season or tournament title, losing it to Notre Dame, but that didn't stop them from being one of the favorites as a number one seed. The Huskies will be buoyed by talented freshman Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson and will try to shut down the Wildcats in the paint.
The Wildcats are trying to make their first Finals Four appearance, while the Huskies are trying to go back for the sixth straight season, which is a record for the women's side of things. The fact that the game is in Bridgeport gives a boost to the Huskies, as they have gone 8-1 there while winning 42 of their past 43 games within the state, losing only to Duke in 2006 in the tournament.
Kentucky lost to Connecticut last season and the Huskies enter the game after a 76-50 win over Maryland on Saturday. The Wildcats went 30-5 this season, including 13-3 in the SEC and have won three straight games since falling to Texas A&M. The team finished second to Tennessee in the SEC during the regular season and last lost to LSU in February in the regular-season.
UConn has gone 32-4 this season, including 14-2 in the Big East while winning three straight games since losing to Notre Dame in the Big East tournament. The team finished behind the Irish in the regular-season standings and now will face Kentucky with the chance to go to the final four again.
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