After every thing this NCAA males’s match has needed to provide. After all of the one seeds fell. After an Ivy League college made the Candy 16. After a Convention USA staff made the Ultimate 4. After 62 different colleges misplaced, we get a blueblood within the title sport. The UConn Huskies aren’t simply advancing, they’re leaving foes twisted, contorted, and smushed on the underside of their sneakers.
I do know the sport of the day was San Diego State rallying again to beat FAU on a last-second jumper, however the staff of this match has been UConn. No opponent has been in a position to keep inside single digits of the Huskies. Miami tried, however each time they bought the deficit underneath 10, UConn would go on a run led by one in all their bigs, often Adama Sonogo, however freshman middle Donovan Clingan additionally has been devastatingly efficient.
The wings and guards are all equal components interchangeable and unshakeable. Jordan Hawkins has been a star, however I belief Andre Jackson, Joey Calcaterra, and Alex Karaban, too. I’d be remiss to not point out Tristen Newton who introduced up the ball with poise and made the sensible passes regardless of being hounded full-court by athletic Hurricane guards a lot of the second half.
That’s what stands out essentially the most about UConn. They’re proficient, however the stage of execution has been off the charts. By the point the title sport rolls round, we at the least have a unfastened blueprint of how every staff might win or lose. Be it foul hassle, an offense that bogs down, or a nasty matchup, everybody ought to have a kryptonite.
The rest of the field has flatlined no less than 15 times and required multiple charges from a defibrillator to be resuscitated. I mean, SDSU has escaped more executions than Tuco, and spent most of the Elite 8 and Final Four waiting for Blondie to shoot the rope.
The Huskies’ lone vulnerability seems to be Big East squads — Dan Hurley’s guys haven’t lost a non-conference game all season — and seeing as they’re the only school from the conference left, things appear pretty bleak for the Aztecs. In this backward, bizarro era of college basketball, no one is supposed to stroll through the tourney with a standing heart rate of 60.
Thank god Jim Nantz got one great game during his last weekend of calling the Final Four because the Mortal Kombat announcer is about to steal his sign-off after Monday’s game with a single “Flawless Victory” as Sonogo removes Brian Dutcher’s head from his body with the spine still attached. I was promised anarchy this March, and UConn is sitting there — house burning down around them — saying “This is fine,” and not being ironic about it.
I hope my jinxing of the Huskies has been sufficient because I’d love to be wrong. I’m sick of pundits predicting the end of days and then not getting death, plagues, the Earth in a puddle, or a new national champion at the end of March Madness.
So good luck to SDSU. I know teams need it in March, but I didn’t think it’d be in the context of David vs. a T-1000.
The best of SDSU’s buzzer-beater
You didn’t really think I’d omit the best play from Saturday, did you? Here are a bunch of different views, calls, and reactions to Lamont Butler’s buzzer-beater and the party it kicked off in Southern California.
Here’s how it sounded.
Here’s how close it was to almost not counting.
Here’s how the SDSU fans at the game reacted.
Here’s how SDSU fans at a half-empty bar reacted.
Here’s how Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, reacted.
And, finally, here’s how the streets of San Diego reacted.