UConn wins consecutive NCAA championships with dominant win over Purdue

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UConn became the eighth school to win consecutive men's basketball national championships with a win over Purdue on Monday night.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

It was billed as a major battle between Purdue’s Zack Eddy against UConn’s Donovan Clingan. This doesn’t give the Huskies guards enough credit.

UConn won its second consecutive title in a 75-60 victory over Purdue through a relentless attack from its backcourt on Monday night.

Tristan Newton, Stephon Cassel and Cam Spencer were too much for the Boilermakers, coming out of their range and defending Purdue at will, as the Huskies fell away from their second title in as many years. Newton led the team with 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds. Cassel had 15 points and five rebounds. Spencer finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

Eddy was as effective as ever on the low block and certainly got the better of Klingon in his matchups, but he didn’t get much help from his teammates. The two-time Naismith Player of the Year finished with 37 points and 10 rebounds in the loss as Purdue fell just short in its redemption tour a year after losing to the 16-seed in the first round of the tournament.

This is the first time a team has won consecutive titles since Florida did so in the 2006–07 season.

Read Nick Bromberg’s full game story here,

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  • This is the moment/video we’ve all been waiting for:

  • Tristan Newton is the most outstanding player in the Final Four.

  • Trophy number 6 is up in the air

  • Zach Edey still had a great performance in his last game before heading to the NBA.

  • The Big Ten drought continues.

  • “What an amazing race. It’s UConn’s coronation!”

  • UConn’s dominance over the last two years is ridiculous.

  • First back-to-back winners since 2006–07.

  • Final: UConn 75, Purdue 60

    He will do it. UConn goes back-to-back and wins its sixth national championship.

  • Dan Hurley barely avoided what could have easily been the funniest ejection in basketball history. UConn is less than 3 minutes away from the championship, and they push their own player onto the court.

  • UConn is minutes away from winning two consecutive titles, something we haven’t seen since 2006 and 2007.

  • Samson Johnson fouled out for UConn. Donovan Clingan also now has 4. However, Purdue didn’t have time to take advantage of foul trouble.

    UConn leads 63–46 with 5:38 minutes left.

  • This is the fight we have come to see.

  • I think our work can end here. Alex Karban just hit a corner 3, and then Hassan Diarra drilled a fast break layup.

    The Huskies are now up 56-40 with 9:27 left to play.

  • I don’t know how Tristan Newton got it, but he did it. UConn is on the move now.

  • Zack Eddy now hasn’t scored in over 10 minutes, and UConn is up by double digits with 15 minutes remaining

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