March Madness Ends with Unlikely Champion

A Tournament of Upsets Comes to an end

This year’s Final Four broke the norm of blue blood programs playing for a National Championship. The final four teams in this year’s tournament were the Florida Atlantic Owls, the Miami Hurricanes, the San Diego State Aztecs, and the Uconn Huskies.


Miami and UConn faced off with a National Championship berth on the line. From the word go, the Huskies outmatched the Hurricanes. Miami’s lack of height was evident as UConn Center Adama Sanogo had a big game, scoring 21 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as they took down Miami 72-59.


The San Diego State Aztecs faced the Florida Atlantic Owls in their Final Four matchup. This was a compelling game as both teams were very evenly matched.


This game was close the entire time in large part because of Florida Atlantics Alijah Martin. Martin Had 26 points along with seven rebounds in 31 minutes of play to aid in the Owls effort to make it to the National Championship Game. 


Unfortunately for Florida Atlantic fans, The Aztecs created a moment for the ages. 


On the final possession of the game, Aztec Guard Lamont Butler attempted to drive the baseline until he snatched the ball back barely staying inbounds before rising up to sink the game-winning shot to send San Diego State to their first National Championship Game.


The National Championship Game was between the UConn Huskies and the San Diego State Aztecs. Unfortunately for the viewers, the game appeared one-sided.


UConn got out to an incredibly strong start while San Diego State struggled from the field. The Huskies played through their star big man Adama Sanogo. He scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies to the National Championship.


In the second half, it was more of the same. UConns sharpshooter Jordan Hawkins caught fire as he finished with 16 points and shot 55 percent from the field.


San Diego State was never able to get any momentum as they had in the games prior. Their leading scorer was forward Keshad Johnson with 14 points followed by Final Four hero Lamont Butler. The Aztecs will likely struggle to replicate this special run as they are losing two of their star players in Keshad Johnson and Adam Seiko.


This was UConn’s fifth National Championship since 1999, the most in that time. UConn could bring back their three leading scorers for next year, making them poised to make a championship run next year. If this happens, the Huskies have a good chance of winning their sixth National Championship.