UConn Concludes A Dominant Run To Its 2nd Straight NCAA Title, Beating Zach Edey And Purdue 75-60

Who ended another collegiate basketball romp? UConn is a program built to win now, often, and big every time the Huskies play. UConn defeated Purdue 75-60 on Monday to become the first team since 2007 to win back-to-back national titles.

Tristen Newton scored 20 points to help the Huskies win their 12th straight March Madness game, all by 13 points. UConn earned its sixth overall title, joining the 2006-07 Florida Gators and 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils as the third team to repeat since John Wooden's UCLA dynasty.

The 2024 Huskies became the sixth team to win all six tournament games by double-digits. They outscored 1996 Kentucky, which won its six by 129, by 140 points.

They defeated the Boilermakers (34-5), who reached this far a year after becoming the second No. 1 seed in March Madness history to lose in the first round. However, Purdue left still seeking its first NCAA crown.

UConn has dominated in the transfer portal and name, image, and likeness transactions' free-for-all. “We just recruit really talented NBA players that are willing to not make it about themselves, to be part of a winning group, to go for all the championships,” Hurley said.

Cam Spencer, a Rutgers transfer, Stephon Castle, a promising rookie, and Alex Karaban, a sophomore from last year, guarded the 3-point line all game, making Purdue's guards uncomfortable.

“They just made a decision — we can defend the perimeter, we can take this away from you, you'll get the ball to your best player, he'll be 1-on-1, and that's that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. “They would accept that.”

Hurley joins Billy Donovan, Bill Self, and Rick Pitino as the third active coach with two championships with his Xs-and-Os masterpiece.

When Edey set a hard (and possibly legal) pick against Castle and it failed, Hurley went after him as the center proceeded toward the Purdue bench for a timeout. The coach did his best work in the hotel room where he planned the game.

“The message was that we were the best team in the country,” Hurley said. “Purdue was the second-best team in the nation. We'll be champs if we stay true to ourselves all year.”

Huskies took the ball at the big guy as he wore down. Castle scored 15, Spencer and Clingan 11. UConn made six 3-pointers, in line with its season average.