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The N.C.A.A. men’s basketball national championship game will be a reunion of two friends and former teammates.
Joey Calcaterra and Sam Scholl, who were together at San Diego State, will meet in the title game on Monday night when UConn and San Diego State face off.
Calcaterra, a senior guard for the Huskies, and Scholl, a junior guard for the Aztecs, have been friends since they were both at San Diego State. They were teammates for two seasons and now, they’re both playing for a national championship.
“It’s so cool to see us both here,” Calcaterra said. “It’s a dream come true for us. We both worked really hard to get here and I’m sure we’ll both be giving it our all in the championship game.”
Calcaterra and Scholl have had success at their respective schools. Calcaterra has been a key contributor to UConn’s success this season, averaging 11.7 points per game and shooting over 40 percent from three-point range. Scholl has been a key part of San Diego State’s success, averaging 15.3 points per game and shooting over 40 percent from beyond the arc.
“It’s been really special to see us both make it to the championship game,” Scholl said. “We both worked really hard to get here and I’m sure it will be a great game.”
The two friends will now face off for the national championship on Monday night. It will be a special moment for both of them, and one they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.