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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Imagine 72-foot high zombies running at you. Or a digital LeBron James soaring for a dunk in a game of NBA 2K14 that is bigger than a basketball court. Some of the guys playing in the Final Four would love to see those things on the enormous video boards hanging above the court at AT&T Stadium.
Kid Reporter Jake Aron roamed the locker rooms Friday asking players from all four teams some thought-provoking questions about the screens, which are so big that they’re roughly the equivalent of 5,000 52-inch TVs!
Of the 16 players Jake interviewed, 12 said they would rather play their favorite video game on the screen than see highlights of themselves. Several picked NBA 2K14 as their game of choice. When asked to pick between watching their favorite TV show or doing karaoke on the screen, players were almost split: Seven chose doing karaoke, and nine chose watching TV, including Wisconsin’s Riley Dearring, who would love to see Walking Dead.
Before the ball is tipped in the two national semifinal games Saturday, players and coaches will do a lot of little things to get ready. Some of those things are rituals and superstitions. Kid Reporter Jake Aron asked players from all four teams what they’ll be doing, and he got a lot of answers related to their footwear.
Here are some of the responses: