“Boys Are Back in Town”: Fans Grow Nostalgic as NBA Legend Ray Allen and Other Stars Assemble for March Madness’ “Family Affair”

Published 04/02/2023, 6:30 AM EDT

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The NCAA Men’s Division I tournament just had its final four teams battle it out on the court. There was no shortage of excitement for fans. The San Diego State Aztecs won on a thrilling closer over the Atlantic City Owls, while the Connecticut Huskies had no problem defeating the Miami Hurricanes to advance to this year’s March Madness finals. 

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With Connecticut alumni in attendance, fans went deep into their feelings. The Connecticut Huskies took care of business to win 72-59. They opened the first quarter with a huge lead and managed to go into the second with a 13-point advantage.

Kemba Walker, Ray Allen and other legends were in attendance


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The Huskies’ amazing performance surely owed something to the NBA icons sitting in attendance and cheering for their former college team. It was a delicious sight for fans as well.

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The audience for the match included Detroit Pistons legend Richard Hamilton, NBA veteran Kemba Walker as well as one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, Ray Allen. They came out to root for the Huskies, surely nostalgic about their own college days.


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Long-time Bobcats center Emeka Okafor was also in attendance as the Huskies beat the Hurricanes. Richard Hamilton uploaded a picture of all four stars on his official Instagram page, captioning it, “It’s truly a family affair.”

Charlie Villanueva and Caron Butler, former Huskies who could not attend the semi-final, made sure that their love reached the team by commenting on Richard Hamilton’s post to share their support. Former Pistons guard Matten Cleaves, who played for Michigan State in college, also commented on Hamilton’s post.

Charlie Villanueva commented, “I’ll see y’all on Monday,” referring to the upcoming championship game between Connecticut and San Diego, while Caron Butler’s comment read, “Bleed Blue.” Needless to say, fans in the audience and on social media found themselves growing nostalgic too.

Nostalgia flows through the arena as UConn alumni appear for March Madness

Fans became reminiscent as they witnessed famous basketballers coming out to support their team. In Hamilton’s picture, fans can be seen taking snaps from their seats while on social media, fans raided the comments section to his post. One fan commented, “The boys are back in town!!!!” Another said, “This photo shows how great UCONN basketball is!!!”


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Here are a few more reactions from fans on Instagram.

“My childhood in a picture.”


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“The UCONN Mt Rushmore in person.”

“UCONN Royalty.”

“Let’s go Huskies!!!!!!”


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Judging by the attendance at the Final 4, fans will surely get to see more of their favorite basketballers at the March Madness finals! Tell us who you want to see cheering for future leaguers in the comments below.



Written by:

Abhishek Dhariwal


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Abhishek Dhariwal is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Honors from St. Xavier's College and his master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from AAFT School of Mass Communication and Journalism.
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Aayush Kapoor




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