Storrs, Conn. (CBS HARTFORD/AP) — Following UConn’s upset win over Michigan State on Sunday, the Huskies’ official Twitter account took a jab at President Obama – who had picked the MSU Spartans to win the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
“Sorry about busting your bracket @BarackObama…We have room on our bandwagon if you’re interested,” reads the tweet that has amassed tens of thousands of favorites and retweets.
Sorry about busting your bracket @BarackObama… We have room on our bandwagon if you’re interested
— UConn Huskies (@UConnHuskies) March 30, 2014
The Huskies (30-8) rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit to become the first No. 7 seed to reach the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. They rode the home-court advantage at Madison Square Garden with the thousands of UConn fans who made the short trip into midtown Manhattan.
After having all of his Final Four teams make it through to the second weekend of the tournament – which was uncommon given the amount of upsets that occurred that week — President Obama lost three of his four teams, including his national champ selection in Michigan State. However, President Obama did correctly predict that Florida would make it into the Final Four.
The undersized Huskies matched Michigan State’s physical play box-out for box-out, holding the Spartans (29-9) to just six offensive rebounds and six points in the paint. UConn was led by Shabazz Napier, who scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half of the 60-54 victory over Michigan State.
The Huskies won their third national title in 2011, but they were ineligible for last year’s tournament because of previous low scores on the NCAA’s academic progress measure.
They face Florida in the national semifinals Saturday, and they’ll be confident they can beat the No. 1 overall seed. The Gators have won 30 straight, but their last loss was to UConn, 65-64 on Dec. 2 on Napier’s buzzer-beating jumper.
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