Was UCONN the Most Dominant Team in Tournament History?
The 2023 Final Four in Houston went as many expected it to go, with the UCONN Huskies, who entered the Final Four having made easy work of the West region, claiming the national title with relatively little resistance. Their 13-point win over Miami on Saturday was the smallest margin of victory over the six tournament wins for the Huskies, making them the first team ever to win every tournament game by at least 13 points.
UCONN defeated San Diego State in last night’s National Championship by a score of 76-59 in a game that got exciting for a brief minute late when the Aztecs cut the lead to five. But as UCONN has done for the entire tournament, they simply squeezed the life out of SDSU and were able to secure yet another blowout victory, this time with a championship to go along with it.
For my money, this has to be the most dominant tournament run in the history of the dance. 2018 Villanova makes a strong case as well, but for a team to simply dominate on both sides of the ball like the Huskies did for six games straight was truly special. No team in this field even gave them a real, true, test. The Huskies simply outclassed every team they played against and nobody had a shot going up against them.
So while it stings that Alabama couldn’t get it done in a year where it felt like this was their best chance to win a title, we can certainly take some solace in the fact that as it appears, the Huskies were not going to be denied from a championship this season.