The George Mason Patriots, an 11th-ranked team from a mid-major conference, pulled off an improbable win against the top-seeded Huskies to reach the Final Four. Despite a roster full of future NBA players, including Rudy Gay, Marcus Williams, Hilton Armstrong and Josh Boone, the Huskies could not advance to the national semifinal.
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- George Mason
- Rudy Gay
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- University of Connecticut
- Marcus Williams