By Tommy Scott ‘24

This past March Madness was definitely one for the books. In each round, there were thrillers and comebacks. However, one team dominated over the rest, and that was UConn.

Led by Dan Hurley, the team controlled the court in every round. The tournament kicked off with  No. 1 UConn facing No. 16 Stetson. UConn won this game with ease, defeating the team by 39 points.

Senior Charlie Boyer said, “After seeing that convincing win, I knew UConn was going to make the finals at least.”

The one seed rolled in hot to their second game against Northwestern. UConn took control early in this game and held it the whole time. The final score came to a 75-58 victory over the Wildcats.

Sophomore Pat Noonan said, “I would’ve liked to see Northwestern win, but I kind of knew the whole time UConn would blow them out.”

Heading into the Sweet 16, UConn had a matchup against No. 5 San Diego State. Connecticut imposed their skill on San Diego, beating the team by 30 points. The Elite Eight against No. 3 Illinois was another strong performance, beating the team by 25 points.

After the Elite Eight, everyone seemed to know that UConn would win. Their Final Four matchup against No. 4 Alabama would prove to be their most challenging game in the tournament. At the half, UConn only led the Crimson Tide by four points. From there, Connecticut ran with the game in the second half, leading to an 86-72 victory over Alabama.

Senior Randall Nauden said, “Going into the second half, I really thought Alabama had a chance, but once the second half started, UConn really ran with their lead.”

The championship was now in sight for the Huskies with their final matchup against No. 1 ranked Purdue. Most of the first half was back and forth and very intense play. Ultimately, UConn hit the ground running in the second half, which led to their 75-60 win over the Boilermakers. Hurley led his team to back-to-back championships in dominating performances, beating each team in the championship the past two years by 15 points.