Dan Hurley Perfectly Summed Up UConn's Dominant Run to Title Game After Win Over Alabama

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Dan Hurley knows he has a special team.

UConn's NCAA Tournament dominance continued on Saturday night at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., as Hurley's Huskies defeated Alabama by a score of 86-72 to earn a spot in Monday's national title game against Purdue.

The defending champion Huskies have steamrolled through the tourney at a historic pace—and Saturday's win, with a 14-point margin of victory, was no different.

Words don't quite do UConn's dominance justice, but Hurley had no trouble providing some good ones after the game, as he perfectly summed up his team's run to the title game.

"We make a hard tournament look easy. It's crazy," Hurley said, finishing up a response to a question about the similarities and differences between this year's UConn team and last year's.

Hurley has a point.

UConn has won their five NCAA Tournament games by a combined 125 points, good for a 25-point average margin of victory. For comparison, just four teams—including the 2023 Huskies—have won the national title with an average margin of victory of at least 20 points.

The record for the largest average margin of victory for a national champion? That would be the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats, who won each of their tourney games by an average of 21.5 points en route to the title.

In other words, this UConn team is historically dominant. It's no wonder the Huskies are making it look so easy.

Monday's clash against Purdue, a team that has been dominant in its own right, promises to be a good one.

Tim Capurso


Tim Capurso is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Previously he wrote for RotoBaller and ClutchPoints, where he was the lead editor for MLB, College Football and NFL coverage. A lifelong Yankees and Giants fan, Tim grew up just outside New York City and now lives near Philadelphia. When he's not writing, Tim enjoys reading, exercising and spending time with his family, including his three-legged cat Willow, who, unfortunately, is an Eagles fan.