He University of Connecticut won its fifth national championship in 24 years on Monday night with its 76-59 victory over San Diego State University.
They not only did win it allbut they dominated along the way: the Huskies became the first team to win each of their tournament games by at least 13 points.
Going into this season, UConn wasn’t on many people’s radar, but they made the tournament look extremely easy.
Well, a Huskies legend has a good reason why the school has become a “kingdom of basketball.”
Speaking to reporters after the championship game, Ray Allen said the low-key environment surrounding the school has led to its success on the court.
“I want to focus on this right here because I’m trying to get somewhere with this. That’s the environment that promotes higher learning and better basketball.” he said. “I can walk down the street, into the gym, and shoot with no distractions in the way. That’s what I implore all kids to think about when choosing their school: Make sure you choose a place that doesn’t provide excess that keeps you distracted.”
Storrs, Connecticut isn’t exactly a big city, aside from the typical college nightlife. Your closest “main” city is Hartford, which is certainly not New York, which is about two and a half hours away.
Huskies title run just lost Allen’s tenure there: Allen joined the nba in 1996, three years before the Huskies’ first title.
That logic hasn’t exactly carried over to the gridiron: The football team hasn’t finished above .500 since 2010.
But who is going to complain about that right now?