No. 4 UConn and No. 5 San Diego State meet in men's championship game
The GIST: Perhaps the weirdest men’s March Madness tourney on record will meet its chaotic end when the No. 4 UConn Huskies and No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs hit the court tonight at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS. Queue up the music — it’s time for one last dance.
Final Four recap: San Diego State’s Saturday slay of No. 9 Florida Atlantic was one for the ages. The Aztecs deployed their trademark lockdown defense to storm back from a 14-point second-half deficit, then guard Lamont Butler drilled an epic buzzer-beater to send his squad to the title game. Madness at its finest.
- The other Final Four matchup was much less exciting. UConn led from start to finish in their 72–59 spanking of No. 5 Miami. That 13-point margin of victory was the Huskies’ narrowest of the tourney, a testament to their dominance all Madness long.
Tonight’s championship: UConn’s offense has been out of this world, but they haven’t met a defense like San Diego State’s yet — the Aztecs are holding March Madness opponents to a measly 60 points per game. Unstoppable force meets immovable object.
- Keep eyes on UConn forward Adama Sonogo, who’s been the heart of the Huskies’ offense, and Darrion Trammell, San Diego State’s point guard who has captured hearts (and buckets) throughout the tourney.
- The Huskies are seeking their fifth national championship and first since 2014; the Aztecs have never even made it past the Sweet 16. But in a tournament this wild, it’s unclear how much experience even matters. It is so on.