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UConn Final Four Departure Delayed by Plane Malfunction, Arriving in Arizona 6 Hours Late.


Apr 4, 2024

UConn will be low on rest Thursday, but fortunately, the Final Four is on Saturday. The Huskies are the overwhelming favorite to win the men’s Final Four this weekend, but faced a setback when their scheduled charter plane to Phoenix experienced mechanical issues, resulting in a six-hour travel delay. Initially set to depart Storrs, Connecticut at 6 p.m. ET, they ended up leaving at midnight. The defending champions are expected to land around 1:45 a.m. local time in Phoenix.

All three of the other Final Four teams were already in Phoenix when UConn was supposed to depart. Alabama and Purdue arrived on Tuesday, while NC State got there on Wednesday afternoon. While the other teams aren’t scheduled to play until Saturday, there are practice and appearance schedules that the Final Four teams must adhere to as part of the build-up to the event.

UConn took the travel delay in stride with some humor but the NCAA issued a statement expressing disappointment with the situation and worked on alternative travel options for the team. Despite the setback, UConn athletic director Dave Benedict hinted at the possibility of leaving some members of the travel party behind to avoid refueling stops on a smaller replacement plane.

The UConn women’s team, also in the Final Four, will hopefully have a smoother travel experience. The men’s team, seeded No. 1 overall in the NCAA tournament, advanced to the Final Four with a dominant victory over Illinois in the Elite Eight. Their impressive run of ten consecutive double-digit wins in March Madness stretches back to their championship-winning campaign last season. UConn will face Alabama in their first Final Four test at 8:49 p.m. ET on Saturday.

By editor

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