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Nobody’s Stopping UConn…Nobody!

The Huskies’ 30-0 Run Just Goes To Show What This Team Is Made Of

Nobody’s Stopping UConn…Nobody!
Stephon Castle #5 of the Connecticut Huskies-Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFP

Going All the Way 👑

We’re going to be tough to beat. It was a special level of basketball that we were playing. – Dan Hurley

The UConn Huskies have been making college basketball news since the NCAA tournament began. The defending national champions have been a juggernaut throughout the tournament and there’s nobody out there that can stop them.

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Huskies Are the Big Dogs

Bloody hell! If I was born an Englishman that’s exactly what I’d say after watching UConn’s performance thus far in the Big Dance. The Brits have the market cornered on the English language (I know – surprise, surprise) with both their colloquialisms and accent but UConn has a monopoly on being the most thoroughly dominant basketball team of this year or any other.

I’ve been watching plenty of March Madness games recently but I cannot take my eyes off of the Huskies. I don’t want to get too heavy into the stats but facts don’t lie and they tell quite a tale about this basketball team.

Consider that every national champion except one has been in the top 20 for offensive and defensive efficiency including this year’s edition of the UConn Huskies. The Huskies are No. 1 on offense, averaging 126.6 points per 100 possessions, while ranking No. 4 on defense, permitting 91.5 points per 100 possessions. That stacks up favorably against highly regarded national championship editions like 2018 Villanova, 2012 Kentucky, and 2009 North Carolina.

I should also point out that every national champ since 1988 has had at least two players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. That’s pretty much a foregone conclusion considering freshman guard, Stephon Castle, and 7’2” sophomore center, Donovan Clingan, will likely be gone within the first 10 picks.

UConn Could Easily Repeat

And does it surprise anyone that this team is playing like they’ve been here before? The Huskies are the defending national champions and they are absolutely throttling the competition. Granted, their first two games were cakewalks against inferior opponents like No. 16 Stetson (91-52) and No. 9 Northwestern (75-58) in which Donovan Clingan’s stats included eight blocked shots, 14 points, and 14 rebounds.

But you’d think that the team they beat up in the finals last year, San Diego State, would come out firing, and college basketball rumors even suggested the Aztecs were ready to deliver a big ol’ heap of revenge. But San Diego State couldn’t do a motha f*ckin’ thing against the big dogs in this highly anticipated rematch and it turned into just another lopsided mismatch as UConn didn’t even break a sweat in its 30-point Sweet 16 victory.

Of course, over the weekend we expected a battle. Finally, a major conference champion like the Big Ten Kings from Illinois would give the Huskies a run for their money. But no, it was just more of the same as the Illini watched their hopes for a national title dim as the Huskies swarmed the glass and scored 30 consecutive unanswered points to wrap up a 77-52 win against an opponent that was considered a legitimate threat.

Look, the Huskies could lose focus and drop one of their next two games but I don’t see it. They’ve got a gritty Alabama squad in the Final Four but, let’s face it, the Tide is just happy to be invited. They’ve advanced to their first Final Four in school history and their season will be considered a success even after they lose by 22 points to the Huskies on Saturday night.

The only obstacle in UConn’s way is Purdue but this Huskies’ squad is too good and too deep. It’s written in the stars and if you don’t believe me, just listen to what Huskies’ coach, Dan Hurley, said after crushing Illinois.

“We’re going to be tough to beat. It was a special level of basketball that we were playing.”

You’re not kidding, Dan. But this team isn’t just special, it’s historic. Let the coronation begin.

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