The college basketball world came to Houston, Texas last Monday at the NRG Stadium for the NCAA Men’s National Championship game where #5 San Diego St. Aztecs faced off against #4 UConn Huskies. 9450 was there to witness a new entry into college basketball history.
Approximately 72,423 fans were in attendance for the final NCAA Men’s game of March Madness and it was a one sided affair from the start. San Diego St. (SDSU) was coming into the game as an underdog to the seasoned UConn. Over the course of the tourney, SDSU surprised a lot of basketball fans with their clutch victories and the fact that this was the deepest they’ve gone in the tournament. The furthest they previously went was the Sweet 16 in 2011 and 2014. Just being in the Finals was an accomplishment on its own.
UConn, on the other hand, is a team with a strong legacy and built to win. Coming into the Finals with 4 National Championship titles to their name, it’s safe to say they had experience for such an intense atmosphere.
It seems that SDSU was not prepared for how dominating UConn’s large offense was. They were bulldozing SDSU’s defense and scoring at will. Adama Sanogo played exceptionally well, scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Sanogo would end up winning MVP of the game and leaving no doubt he was the best player on the court.
In the Finals the Huskies showed how elite they were. They never let up on defense. Top notch floor-spacing. Elite rim protection. Elite rebounding. Executing plays on both sides to take full control of the game. In the end they came out with the victory, winning 76-59 over San Diego St.