By Page 2 staff

With an 87-83 victory over Kentucky, top-seeded UConn advanced to its fourth Sweet 16 in the men's NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons. Friday's game against Washington is sure to be the battle of the Huskies. And the No. 2 seed women's team beat 15th-seeded Coppin State to advance in the Women's NCAA Tournament and will face Virginia Tech on Tuesday.

Mr. and Miss Bracket Contest
Mr. Bracket: UConn semi-finalists
Buckheit: Home, sweet home
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Caple: Orange love
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Caple: Bleeding UCLA blue
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Caple: Go Zags or bust
Video: Searching Gonzaga ESPN Motion
Caple: The Search begins

Page 2 visited the UConn campus, the home of the East Coast Huskies, to find the best college basketball fans in its cross-country search for Mr. and Miss Bracket 2006.

We've narrowed the candidates in our first round of Miss Bracket finalists. Check out the four candidates and vote for your favorite in the poll on the right. And vote for your favorite Huskies' Mr. Bracket candidate.

And don't forget that it's not too late to enter the online version of our contest. Click here to show support for your school, submit your essay and photo … and enter to win a Mobile ESPN phone.

Jessica Shlager
Age: 19
Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: Why do I sacrifice and camp out in cold weather to sit in the front row? Why do I cheer until I lose my voice and jump around until I'm exhausted? Why do I paint up and deck out in UCONN apparel before every game? I'll tell you why ... for the love of the game and for the pride of the HUSKIES! I LOVE UCONN basketball, now let's cut down the net!!
Amanda Pine
Age: 20
Hometown: Fairfield, Conn.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: Born and raised in Connecticut, I grew up with role models like Rebecca Lobo and Ray Allen. I'm a true Husky fan and coming to UCONN has been the best decision of my life. I've traveled 500 miles for games, I've waited in line during hurricane season for over 27 hours to get tickets and I've dropped major cash on Husky apparel and face paint. I eat, sleep and breathe Husky fever! Go UCONN!
Rachel Anne Moore
Age: 20
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: I transferred all the way out from sunny Southern California to come support my Huskies. I've been a fan since high school. This year, the Huskies are bringing the championship home. It's awesome, baby!

Laura Hoke
Age: 19
Hometown: Cheshire, Conn.
Why I should be Miss Bracket: Last year I attended University of New Hampshire but I decided to return to my home state and support the team that I have followed since I was in third grade. My main focus was the women's team but soon it shifted to the men's team. I have become engulfed in UCONN pride that captures everyone on campus. I stood in the line for 3 hours to get season tickets. I LOVE UCONN BASKETBALL!


Photo credits: Dan Minicucci for ESPN.com.




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