The UConn Huskies continued their magical run Friday night in New York City, upsetting the No. 3-seeded Iowa State Cyclones 81-76 at Madison Square Garden to advance to the Elite Eight. It's the Huskies' first trip to the Elite Eight under second-year coach Kevin Ollie and their first since 2011.
The 2011 team, led by current Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker, went on to win the national championship. Given how the past two weeks have played out, this team could be primed for a repeat performance.
But standing in the Huskies' way are the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans have won six consecutive games and had just enough to get past the stingy defense of No. 1 seed Virginia on Friday night.
Tom Izzo's group is also playing to extend one of the more remarkable streaks in college basketball. In Izzo's 19 years at the helm in East Lansing, he's never had a fourth-year senior not reach at least one Final Four. With a win Sunday, Adreian Payne and Keith Appling would keep that streak alive.
Both schools are powerhouse programs, and both are seeking a return to glory. But only one can emerge from the Garden with its ticket punched for Arlington and the Final Four.
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