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Christina Tapper

UConn and Notre Dame Women are Perfect Heading Into National Championship 0

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  • Posted by: Christina Tapper
  • April 7, 2014, 3:44 PM

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Now this is a perfect matchup. No, literally it is. On Tuesday night, two teams who haven’t lost the entire season (zero losses!), the Connecticut Huskies (39-0) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (37-0), will face off for the college women’s hoops championship in Dallas. It will be the first women’s title game between two unbeaten teams.

Connecticut will try to capture an unprecedented ninth national championship, while Notre Dame will aim for its first title since 2001.
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Jake Aron

2014 Final Four: The Reality of the Moment 0

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  • Posted by: Jake Aron
  • April 7, 2014, 2:19 PM

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You’ve watched the Final Four on television and probably dreamed of playing in the championship game. Maybe you’ve been on a court and pretended that time is running out and you make the game-winning shot. UConn and Kentucky players will get to experience the real thing Monday night when they meet for the NCAA championship.

Kid Reporter Jake Aron interviewed players from both teams and asked this question on Sunday afternoon: Most kids at home dream about playing for a national championship. How is the reality of this moment different from what you expected?
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Jake Aron

2014 Final Four: Championship Memories 0

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  • Posted by: Jake Aron
  • April 7, 2014, 12:46 PM

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Many people play basketball their whole life without ever playing in a championship game on any level. But for most players in the NCAA championship game, this won’t be their first such experience.

Before they play for the 2014 national championship, Kid Reporter Jake Aron asked UConn and Kentucky players to share memories of their last championship appearance. 
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LeBron James Youngest to 23,000 Points 0

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  • Posted by: Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • April 7, 2014, 11:50 AM

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While the sports world was preparing for the Final Four, LeBron James was making some more history in Miami.

On Friday, the Heat hosted the Timberwolves in a game that took two overtimes to decide. Miami ultimately lost a squeaker, 122-121, but all the extra playing time allowed King James to score his 23,000th career point. He was 29 years, 95 days old when he hit the milestone, making LeBron the youngest player to reach 23,000 points. He took over the record from Kobe Bryant, who was 30 years, 171 days old when he set it.
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Jake Aron

2014 Final Four Day 3 Wrap-Up: Let the Games Begin! 0

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  • Posted by: Jake Aron
  • April 6, 2014, 1:10 PM

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Final Four Saturday was very cool. And as you’d imagine I spent a lot of my time at AT&T Stadium. After all, it was game day! But there was a lot more going on in the arena than just basketball.
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Jake Aron

And Then There Were Two: Kentucky and UConn Reach Title Game! 0

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  • Posted by: Jake Aron
  • April 6, 2014, 12:06 PM

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ARLINGTON, Texas — It was a night of upsets at the Final Four last night.

In the first game, seven seed UConn defeated Florida, the top overall seed in the tournament, 65-53. Hours later, eight seed Kentucky beat two seed Wisconsin, 74-73, in a physical game that came down to a 3-pointer in the final few seconds.

With their wins, the Huskies and Wildcats will face off Monday night in the 2014 Men’s Basketball National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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Jake Aron

2014 Final Four Day 2 Wrap-Up: Legends, Rings, and Some Time at Center Court! 0

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  • Posted by: Jake Aron
  • April 5, 2014, 1:07 PM

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My second day at the Final Four was incredible. I interviewed two Hall of Famers and was on the other side of two TV interviews. People tweeted about me and wrote about me on Facebook. Best of all, I got interviewed at center court during an event celebrating kids who did community service — and the interview was shown on the big screen that hovers over the court!
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