UConn Men’s Basketball Takes a Hit: Late Arrival Threatens Their Final Four Chances

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

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.

Despite the delay, 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. 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.

The UConn women’s team, also in the Final Four, will hopefully have a smoother travel experience. The men’s team 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.

While UConn is set for success this weekend, it wasn’t without its challenges along the way.

The Huskies took some humor out of their situation by joking about being stranded like passengers on an airline flight from hell.

“We just got off a plane from hell,” said coach Dan Hurley after arriving late night at Phoenix International Airport.

However, it was not all fun and games for UConn as they had missed their chance for rest before heading into one of biggest games of their season.

The NCAA issued a statement expressing disappointment with the situation and worked on alternative travel options for

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