STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – This week is spring break at UConn, but students on campus and so many others are excited to have both the men and women in the NCAA Tournament this year.
“It’s really awesome that both teams are gaining a lot of traction,” sophomore Sarah Meade said.
On Saturday, the UConn women’s basketball team is taking on Mercer University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. The UConn men take on New Mexico State in Buffalo on Thursday.
“It’s just very important,” sophomore Hunter Olson said. “The basketball team’s a big part of UConn, so just having both teams in it and especially one team being played at Storrs, so we’re very excited to see the games.”
“So, we have a fan section, and there’s one like in the nose bleeds, and there’s one like up at the very front,” junior Angela Chen said. “The ones in the very front, people will line up for hours before the game so they can watch it because we’re the basketball capital of the world.”
Something that is different this year is that fans can not only root for UConn, but they can also bet on both teams.
“I wasn’t aware that was a thing, but I totally think people…there are certain demographics that will really take advantage of that,” Meade said.
“I definitely won’t be taking part of it, but I bet people will,” Olson said.
“I actually have a lot of friends who have FanDuel accounts and then DraftKings, so they’re really into that, and I think if you can bet on UConn, I’m sure they would because if you go to UConn they would bet on UConn,” Chen said.”
If the UConn men win Thursday they will also play Saturday but in Buffalo.
Fans can also bet on Yale University, which is also in the NCAA Tournament. The men’s basketball team will take on Purdue in the first round in Milwaukee on Friday.