The UConn Huskies are the 2023 National Champions. On Monday night, they capped off one of the most dominant NCAA Tournament runs in recent history with a 76-59 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs.
The Connecticut Huskies won their six NCAA Tournament games by a combined 120 points.
UConn just completed one of the most dominant runs in the history of the big dance.
They left zero doubt.
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) April 4, 2023
UConn defeated all six of their NCAA Tournament opponents by double digits en route to becoming the second number four-seed to ever win the tournament and the first four-seed since Arizona in 1997.
Adama Sanogo won the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player trophy. The 2023 NCAA Tournament was a truly dominant stretch for the junior as he became just the fourth player to ever average 20-plus points with a 65%+ shooting percentage entering the title game. You may have heard of the previous three players: Hakeem Olajuwon (1984), Christian Laettner (1991), and Corliss Williamson (1994).
If 2011 was the Kemba Walker year and 2014 was the Shabazz Napier year, 2023's title will be remembered for Adama Sanogo. 20.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in the first five games, 17 points and 10 boards tonight. Dominant stretch for the junior big man.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) April 4, 2023
2023 is just another addition to a mighty impressive 25-year run for UConn’s men’s basketball program. They are now a perfect 5-0 in National Championship games since 1999 and have had three different coaches win at least one title in that time frame. Jim Calhoun won titles in 1999, 2004, and 2011. Kevin Ollie won his lone title when he defeated Kentucky in 2014. Now, Dan Hurley adds his name to the college basketball history books with UConn’s fifth championship.
THE UCONN HUSKIES ARE 2023 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS 🏆#MarchMadness
— TWSN (@TWSN___) April 4, 2023
In that same time, when comparing to other “blue blood” programs, Connecticut has the most titles of any program. Duke and North Carolina have won three titles since 1999, Kansas has two, and has Kentucky has just one.
When discussing the best basketball programs in the nation, the conversation must begin with Connecticut. Obviously, there are more things that go into being a dominant basketball program, like total wins, Final Fours, etc., but having three different coaches win five titles in 25 years is truly something special. The Huskies are officially a blue blood, and they are not going anywhere anytime soon.