In just moments, the biggest college basketball game of the year tips off. For Sioux Falls Skyforce player and ex-Kentucky star Deandre Liggins, watching his Wildcats play brings back memories of his team's Final Four run, back in 2011.
"It's somewhere you want to play at, the highest level, it's like you are on a stage performing. You are on the court and everybody else is looking down like this. It's like you are on a stage performing." says Deandre Liggins.
All of the camera flashes and hype surrounding the game can be quite intimidating for these young men, but once the ball is tipped, Liggins says everything seems to disappear.
"I was nervous before the game but before the ball got jumped up all the nervousness went away." says Liggins
And with Kentucky, it's a different situation every year. The program is known for recruiting top classes, only to watch them leave for the NBA draft after a year or two. But Liggins says Kentucky coach John Calipari, wants whats best for his players.
"Everybody is saying why are they leaving, but I know Coach Cal, so I know what kind of a guy he is and he wants you to take care of your family and he wants you to do whats best for you, that's the kind of coach he is and that's what he tells all of his players and recruits." says Liggins
So along with millions of others tonight, Liggins will be watching tonight's game, hoping his alma-mater can win their ninth national hoops title. In Sioux Falls, Patrick Hills, K-S-F-Y Sports.