UConn-Miami gets nightcap in Saturday's Final Four doubleheader
The battle of the mid-majors will open the Final Four next Saturday with the blockbuster matchup of UConn versus Miami occupying the nightcap from Houston.
The tip-off times for the national semifinals were announced on Sunday afternoon, with the unlikely matchup of No. 9 Florida Atlantic and No. 5 San Diego State getting things started at 6:09 p.m. ET. That will be followed by the fourth-ranked Huskies facing the No. 5 Hurricanes to close out the evening.
UConn is the only remaining team that has won the national championship, with the Big East club's fourth coming in 2014. Should the Huskies emerge victorious in Houston, they will become just the sixth men's program ever to win at least five national titles.
Miami joins the Owls and Aztecs in making a first trip to the Final Four - the first time since 1970 that three teams are in the national semifinals for the first time. 73-year-old Jim Larranaga would become the oldest coach in Division I history to win the national title should the Hurricanes close the deal.
Should the Owls notch two more wins and claim a stunning national title, they will become the highest seed ever to win the championship, replacing No. 8 Villanova in 1985.
San Diego State hoisting the trophy would give the school and the Mountain West Conference its first national title ever. It would also mark the first time since 1997 that a school in the Pacific time zone won the championship.