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UConn topples Canada’s Edey, Purdue to win 2nd straight NCAA males’s basketball title

UConn delivered the newest of its suffocating basketball beatdowns Monday night time, smothering Purdue for a 75-60 victory to grow to be the primary staff since 2007 to seize back-to-back nationwide championships.

Tristen Newton scored 20 factors for the Huskies, who gained their twelfth straight March Insanity recreation — not a single one in all them determined by fewer than 13 factors.

UConn was environment friendly on offence however gained this with defence. The Huskies (37-3) restricted the nation’s second-best 3-point taking pictures staff to a mere seven photographs behind the arc — Purdue solely made one — whereas fortunately permitting 7-foot-4 AP Participant of the Yr Zach Edey, the Toronto native, to go for 37 factors on 25 shot makes an attempt.

UConn joined the 2006-07 Florida Gators and the 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils as simply the third staff to repeat since John Picket’s UCLA dynasty of the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s.

Purdue made it this far a 12 months after changing into simply the second No. 1 seed within the historical past of March Insanity to fall within the first spherical. However the Boilermakers (34-5) left the identical approach they got here — nonetheless in search of this system’s first NCAA title.

In what was imagined to be a free-for-all on this new age of the switch portal and title, picture and likeness offers, UConn has found out find out how to dominate.

The 2024 Huskies are the sixth staff to win all six event video games by double-digit margins. They gained these video games by a grand whole of 140 factors, blowing previous the earlier excessive of 121 by the 2009 North Carolina staff for the best margin amongst that unique membership.

Cam Spencer, a switch from Rutgers, Stephon Fort, a blue-chip freshman, and Alex Karaban, a sophomore from final 12 months’s staff, spent the night time guarding the 3-point line and making life depressing for Purdue’s guards.

This was solely the second time this season Purdue did not put up 10 three-point makes an attempt, and the way ’bout this closing rating: Edey 37, the remainder of the Boilermakers 23.

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