College Hoops Fans Rightfully Upset Over Late Start Time for UConn-Purdue National Title Game

The 9:20 p.m. ET start time continues to be the worst.
Apr 6, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during his team’s win over Alabama in the Final Four.
Apr 6, 2024; Glendale, AZ, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Dan Hurley reacts during his team’s win over Alabama in the Final Four. / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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The UConn Huskies will be looking to win their second straight national championship on Monday night when they face the Purdue Boilermakers in what should be a very fun matchup between the two best teams in the country.

The only problem with this game? The start time, which is set for 9:20 p.m. ET.

This isn't new, of course, as the national title game always starts at that time. But that doesn't make it O.K. in the eyes of lots of fans, especially on the East Coast, who will have to stay up really late on a work/school night to see how things play out.

It's hard these days to find a topic that unites just about everyone. This start time, however, has done just that, with most fans sounding off about it on social media:


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