The UConn Huskies have reached the national title game after securing a 72-59 victory over Miami. Adama Sanogo was the star of the show, adding 21 points and 10 rebounds in a match where Jordan Hawkins was limited due to a stomach bug. Miami fought bravely but failed to maintain momentum due to a poor shooting night. This victory sets up a unique East vs. West coast match against San Diego State.
It has been one of the most impressive runs in March Madness history for UConn; the team has remained undefeated against non-conference competition. Sanogo’s influence was pivotal, and his ability to create runs when his team needed help was vital on a night where Jordan Hawkin’s performance was hindered. Despite Miami’s underdog status, they have enjoyed an incredible run against seasoned teams, proving that they were capable of causing an upset.
Miami fought hard, reducing the deficit to single digits several times, but simply could not find the baskets when it mattered most. The Hurricanes finished the game without a field goal in the final six minutes, and though the return of a broken shoe didn’t help, it would have been difficult to take anything away from UConn on a night when they were so dominant.
Attention now shifts as Connecticut takes on San Diego State to decide the champion of college basketball. It will be an East Coast vs. West Coast match to remember, and Connecticut must remain focused if they are to cap off a truly impressive run with a national title.