Going into Houston, UConn stands aside.
With the remainder of the Remaining 4 made up of three first-time members, the Huskies are available in with the best seed (No. 4), 4 prior nationwide championships and a margin of victory of twenty-two.5 factors in 4 NCAA event video games. UConn has even received all of it right here earlier than, beating Butler within the 2011 last in the identical stadium — then Reliant, now NRG.
However in a event filled with shockers — No. 16 FDU taking out No. 1 Purdue, No. 15 Princeton making the Candy 16 and all No. 1 seeds gone earlier than the Elite Eight for the primary time ever — March Insanity is all the time lurking.
Plus, although UConn is available in as the favourite, it isn’t just like the Huskies have been a dominant power endlessly. The Huskies even had three consecutive shedding seasons from 2016-17 by means of 2018-19, the final one in Dan Hurley’s first season as coach.
“Even whenever you’re down and you’ve got UConn throughout your chest, you are still everybody’s — it is nonetheless a Tremendous Bowl for the opposite coach and the opposite gamers due to the historical past and custom,” Hurley mentioned Friday. “So whilst you’re attempting to make that climb again up the mountain, you are beginning over. Historical past and custom does not assist you win something. It simply most likely makes your opponents wish to beat you extra and it provides somewhat bit extra strain going into each competitors.
“So, yeah, I am happy with how we have gotten right here. We constructed this system.”
Although nobody has matched UConn’s dominance