Open Thread: Do you want to see both UConn basketball teams win national championships?

The UConn men's basketball team is in the national championship game, but unlike the women's team, they weren't picked by many to make it this far. - Tom Pennington

The 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game is tonight, Monday, April 7 at 9:10 p.m. between the #7 seed UConn Huskies and the #8 seed Kentucky Wildcats. You can watch it on CBS. If the Huskies win tonight, they will have a chance to sweep both basketball championships as the UConn women's basketball team plays against Notre Dame on Tuesday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m.

We are now just two games away from seeing a repeat of 2004 when both teams won it all.

I'm not going to make this a post on the UConn men's basketball team in and of itself, but unlike the women's basketball team, they haven't been the runaway favorites to win the national title to get to where they are right now.

Unlike the women's team, the men's team got to this point by playing as a #7 seed, and they lost to Louisville three times, including in the AAC Tournament. But in the Big Dance, the men's team had a really, really good run. They have beaten the #2 (Villanova), #3 (Iowa State), and #4 (Michigan State) seeds in the East Region to get to the Final Four, and then they defeated Florida, the lone remaining #1 seed in the tournament in their national semifinal game. Even in their first round match against the 10th seeded St. Joseph's Hawks, the Huskies were picked by many to lose that game.

Then, even though UConn is going for its second men's basketball title in four years (they won it all in 2011), and their fourth national championship overall, they are doing so with a new head coach in Kevin Ollie. His predecessor, Jim Calhoun won the Huskies' other three.

So heading into Monday's national championship game, UConn may be the higher seed against Kentucky, but the Wildcats have consistently brought in top recruiting classes year after year, they have multiple freshmen who could be first round picks in the 2014 NBA Draft per NBADraft.net and DraftExpress, they're playing their best basketball during this tournament. So based on the talent on the court, the Huskies will be underdogs once again, since their senior star point guard, Shabazz Napier, is the only UConn player projected to be drafted.

But given how the NCAA men's basketball tournament has gone, it won't shock me to see UConn win its first national championship in the Kevin Ollie Era.

If you're a UConn fan, you should feel pretty excited about a chance for both basketball teams to win the national titles today and tomorrow and naturally so. But if you're not, do you want to see both of UConn's basketball teams to win their national championships tonight and tomorrow? Sound off in the comments below.

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