The NCAA tournament is not over yet, but the biggest and most convincing story so far has been the dominance of the University of Connecticut Huskies. The UConn Huskies have emerged as the top favorites in the Men’s Final Four championship, after a series of blowouts against some of the top teams in the NCAA tournament. The dominance of UConn is not just portrayed in the scoreline but also in their performances both offensively and defensively, which has placed them as the only team that is currently ranked in the top twelve for both offensive and defensive efficiency.
Many did not predict UConn’s dominance this year, however, the team’s focus, discipline, and resilience in the face of challenges have propelled them to the top seed spot. For example, in January, six out of eight matches played by the Huskies ended in losses, totalling their morale. However, they picked up the pace and have been unstoppable since their last loss, which was against Marquette and Creighton in the Big East season.
The Big East has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the March Madness this year. It is the only conference in the NCAA tournament with two elite eight teams and has a total of three teams on the second weekend of the tournament. The teams, most notably UConn in the Final Four, have given the conference a chance to cash in on tournament units worth close to $2 million apiece. This gives a total of $32 million to be shared among the teams.
This year’s NCAA tournament has been different from past mayhem-filled editions, where the underdogs made history by causing upsets. However, teams such as San Diego State and Florida Atlantic have qualified for the Final Four, making it the first tournament without Nos. for top seeds in the Men’s division. While these teams may not have been favourites before the start of the tournament, they are exact representations of the spirit of the tournament, where underdogs can rise to the occasion, making waves with their performance.
In conclusion, the odds are in favour of the UConn Huskies winning the NCAA tournament, given their outstanding performance so far. The Huskies’ resilience and focus prove that with hard work and the right attitude, one can overcome any challenge. The story of UConn’s dominance, the performance of the Big East, and the unpredictability of the tournament that characterizes the NCAA continue to make the 2021 March Madness one of the most interesting ever.