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:
Oscar Robertson visited the Final Four on Friday to present a player of the year trophy — which is named for him — to Creighton's Doug McDermott. The award is given out by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and has been since 1959. Robertson won it the first two years, and later averaged a triple-double for an entire NBA season. He is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
After the presentation, Robertson sat down with me to answer some questions about the Final Four now and what it was like when he played in it more than 50 years ago.
Watch my interview with one of basketball's greats below!
The 2013 World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox received their championship rings today at their first home game of the 2014 season. The Red Sox are playing in Boston this weekend for the first time since closing out the Cardinals in the Series, which means there's no better time to debut the LEGO version of Fenway Park.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will unveil a meticulously designed and built LEGO recreation of Fenway on Sunday. The park is made out of 28,000 LEGO bricks and features details big (the Green Monster) and small (the Pesky Pole), along with 800 minfigure Sox fans in the stands. It took 450 hours to build, weighs 68 pounds, and is 12 square feet.
LEGO Fenway will make its first appearance at the grand opening of the Kids Nation Clubhouse, before being moved to the Discovery Center when it opens on May 23. (Last season, the Discovery Center built a World Series trophy out of LEGO to celebrate Boston's victory.) If you can't make it to Boston — or even if you can — you'll want to check out this awesome time-lapse video of the construction of LEGO Fenway:
I knew that covering the Final Four was going to be great. But I didn’t think it would be this good. I’ve only been at AT&T Stadium one day, and already a lot of cool things happened!