Canadian entertainer Drake greets Kentucky fans during halftime of an NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game against Wisconsin Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Kentucky Wildcats had Drake cheering for them, and Dwight Howard was doing the “Gator chomp” in the Florida student section.
As usual, the NCAA Final Four drew plenty of stars and celebrities.
When Drake was shown on the huge screen during the first half of the Kentucky-Wisconsin game Saturday night, the next shot was a female Wisconsin fan who looked as if she might be ready to faint just by the thought of being in the same building with the Canadian rapper-singer-actor.
A few famous quarterbacks were in the building — Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl winner Troy Aikman, Seattle championship quarterback Russell Wilson and former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who is skipping his final two seasons at Texas A&M to enter next month’s NFL draft.
NASCAR driver Danica Patrick tweeted a picture from the Final Four, along with the note, “Whoa! This is a lot of seats. Don’t always claim my birth state since I grew up in Illinois, but I’m cheering for WI.”
Patrick is in town for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Former Duke teammates Christian Laettner and Grant Hill were in the building. Laettner made perhaps the most memorable shot ever in the NCAA tournament, his game-ending turnaround jumper after a court-length pass to beat Kentucky in 1992.
Howard, who went straight to the NBA from high school, was there with Houston Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons, who played at Florida from 2008-11. Unfortunately for Parsons and the Gators, they lost 63-53 to Connecticut.
— Stephen Hawkins — https://twitter.com/hawkaptexas