In a highly anticipated matchup between No. 3 Gonzaga and No. 4 UConn, the Huskies dominated from start to finish, securing a comfortable 82-54 win and securing their spot in the Final Four. Drew Timme’s foul trouble in the second half left the Zags vulnerable, allowing UConn to take control of the game and maintain a lead throughout the rest of the match.
Despite a strong start from Gonzaga and trailing by just four points at the end of the first half, a missed 3-pointer allowed UConn to extend their lead to seven points, and they never looked back. Timme’s inability to contribute to the game after drawing his third and fourth fouls early in the second half proved to be detrimental for Gonzaga. As a result, UConn dominated offensively and defensively, displaying an impressive all-around performance.
Jordan Hawkins led all scorers with 20 points, contributing to a magnificent display of teamwork and coordination from the entire UConn team, proving their worth as one of the best teams in college basketball. The Huskies had a rocky start to the season but proved to be analytics darlings, ultimately clinching a spot in the Final Four.
This marks UConn’s first appearance in the Final Four since their title run in 2014, a memorable year for the school. Although they were given a No. 4 seed by the selection committee, the Huskies have proven their worth with a convincing win over No. 3 Gonzaga, along with blowout wins over No. 13 Iona, No. 5 Saint Mary’s and No. 8 Arkansas in the West regionals.
As the tournament progresses, UConn has their sights set on their fifth national title, cementing their place in college basketball history, while Gonzaga exits the tournament with an abysmal 2-for-20 from 3-point range and a disappointing end to their season.