DETROIT —- The patrons are slowly trickling into Ford Field for tonight’s national semifinals. Connecticut is on the floor warming up now, and it’s about a half-hour to tip off.
Here’s the rundown on tonight’s lineups (which are completely unsurprising):
MICHIGAN STATE (30-6)
Tonight’s officials for the first game are John Cahill, Les Jones and Michael Stuart.
It’s the first Final Four for Jones (who works a lot of ACC games) and Stuart (who frequently calls SEC games).
Meanwhile, it’s Cahill’s seventh Final Four; he called semifinals in 1999 and 2000, and title games in 1995, 2005, 2006 and 2008. He’s done plenty of work in the ACC and Big East —- and was one of the three refs for the UConn-Syracuse six-overtime classic last month.
—- Patrick Stevens