ARLINGTON, Texas -- On the grandest stage of all, the Connecticut men's basketball team grabbed the spotlight and sent an emphatic message to the rest of the country.
The program left for dead in the wake of conference realignment isn't just alive, it's standing near the top of the mountain. The Huskies took another step in their improbable NCAA tournament run Saturday night with a 63-53 victory over the No. 1 team in the country, the Florida Gators.
On Monday night, UConn will play for the national championship at the cavernous AT&T Stadium against eighth-seeded Kentucky. The Huskies will be bidding for their fourth national title and first since 2011.