San Diego State lost to a better Connecticut team, allowing the Huskies to celebrate their fifth national title and affording the Aztecs all sorts of heartache.
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UConn won its fifth national title since 1999, but first since Dan Hurley was hired to bring back the program after its fall from grace.
It began back in 1999, the Aztecs eyeing the defensive end of the floor as a way to create a successful program.
The Mean Green once again buckled down on defense down the stretch and won the NIT title at Orleans Arena with a win over Alabama-Birmingham.
A beat writer for the first seven years of the Steve Fisher Era, columnist Ed Graney remembers how the Aztecs’ program was built.
The Conference USA foes will meet in Thursday’s championship game after pulling out narrow victories in the first NIT semifinal round to be played in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas native Trey Woodbury, who starred at Clark High School, will end his career with Utah Valley at Orleans Arena. The Wolverines play UAB on Tuesday in the NIT semifinals.
Ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic is two victories from winning the national championship. The Owls are 2-point underdogs to San Diego State in the Final Four semifinals.
For the first time since seeding began in 1979, no team seeded better than No. 4 has made the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. No. 4 UConn is the highest remaining seed.
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In a March where no No. 1 seeds lived for the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, Connecticut played like one in rolling Gonzaga to win the West Regional final.
The Huskies recorded a fourth straight blowout victory and punched their ticket to the Final Four when Gonzaga couldn’t recover from a controversial foul call.
Connecticut teammates have seen what happens when Adama Senogo gets challenged, and perhaps no more daunting task has been presented than Gonzaga and Drew Timme.
Gonzaga basketball player Julian Strawther, a former Liberty High standout, reflects on his long 3-pointer that led the Zags past UCLA in the Sweet 16.
Dan Hurley, son of high school coaching great Bob Hurley, has Connecticut one win away from the Final Four. The Huskies face Gonzaga on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.