PRE-GAME PRIMER: UConn-Texas A&M
If you're wondering why Villanova got to play essentially a home game for its first two NCAA tourney games at the Wachovia Center, it's because the Wildcats only played three games here this season. Per NCAA rules, a team may not play any tourney games at a site at which it plays more than three games during the regular season.
As for UConn, the Huskies watched the first half from the end zone seats behind one of the baskets, then filed into their locker room, to the catcalls of several Villanova fans.
There should be a good number of UConn fans in the building today, but likely at least an equal number anti-Husky fans (Villanova fans, a smattering of A&M fans, and neutral fans simply looking for an upset -- however minor).
Today's game officials: Bob Donato (did Jim Calhoun just get sick again?), Joe Lindsay and Patrick Evans.