April 17, 2024
San Diego State vs. UConn live score updates: National Championship highlights and analysis

A look into UConn’s dominance

As San Diego State continues to hold on by its fingertips, down 10 with 15 minutes to go, I wanted to look a little closer at just what a dominant run this has been for Connecticut. So …

Largest leads in each NCAA Tournament game: Iona by 24, Saint Mary’s by 18, Arkansas by 29, Gonzaga by 33, Miami by 20, San Diego State by 16 (so far), and in the Sweet 16, Elite Eight and Final Four combined, the Huskies trailed for a total of 47 seconds.

Kyle Tucker·

Staff Writer, Kentucky

‘Six by ten’

CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson said the Aztecs all ran out from halftime yelling, “Six by ten! Six by ten!” Which meant if they could get the deficit to six points by the 10-minute mark, they’ll be fine. It’s a 12-point deficit with 18 minutes to go.

Kyle Tucker·

Staff Writer, Kentucky

UConn leads 38-26 with 18:04 left in regulation

Kimani Young just came on the court and screamed at UConn “Yo, yo, wake up. Let’s go.” He turned to the bench and said, ‘What are we doing?’

Dana O’Neil·

Senior Writer, CBB

‘We know who we are’

Caught the SDSU huddle. “We know who we are.” Broke huddle with “win,” before heading back on court.

Dana O’Neil·

Senior Writer, CBB

Largest average margin of victory for national champions in the 64/68-team era

  • 1996 Kentucky: 21.5
  • 2016 Villanova: 20.7
  • 2009 North Carolina: 20.1

UConn beat its first five opponents this tournament by 20.6 points per game. It would need to beat San Diego State by 26 to match Kentucky.

Tobias Bass·

Associate Editor, News

SDSU is lucky to not be down 20

“We should probably be up 20,” Dan Hurley tells CBS’ Tracy Wolfson to end his interview going into halftime.

He’s not wrong, though the highlight of this interview for us was Hurley telling Wolfson he “loves those guys,” referring to Ron Groover, Keith Kimble and Terry Oglesby. A fun subplot to this tournament has been Hurley, noted sideline madman unafraid to let a ref know exactly what he thinks of that whistle, repeatedly trying to earn the favor of the refs by complimenting/joking with them during these interviews.

It actually defies logic to have more turnovers (9) than made field goals (8), have gone 11 minutes without a made shot and be 0 for 5 on layups but just down by 12 points. San Diego State should feel lucky.

The Athletic College Basketball Staff

UConn leads 36-24 at the half

UConn has eight turnovers, has only made three 3s and has only taken four free throws. In other words, I’m not sure the Huskies have played offense at a super high level…and they’re nevertheless completely in control of this national championship game. That’s a problem for San Diego State. Because I’ve seen the Death Star come online a couple times this tournament. It can eradicate all doubt, very quickly.

Brian Hamilton·

Senior Writer, CBB

Huskies got a little sloppy

Four turnovers in final four minutes – and opened the door a crack for Aztecs. Not sure the 12-point lead is representative of the disparity in this game but San Diego State has shown its ability to come back. Doesn’t need much of an opening.

Dana O’Neil·

Senior Writer, CBB

Are we really surprised?

Connecticut, in one of the most dominant NCAA Tournament runs of all-time, has done this to everybody. And here it comes again, the Huskies’ hammer.

San Diego State has missed 16 of 18 shots and UConn has made 8 of 11, including four straight, and UConn is steamrolling again, up 36-20 with 2:55 to go in the first half. Tristen Newton scored seven straight points and Joey Calcaterra canned a 3-pointer to blow this one wide open. Per usual.

The Huskies are shooting 62.5 percent, the Aztecs 26.1 percent, and the latter is not really built to come back from margins like this. One glimmer of hope: They did erase a 14-point deficit over the final 14 minutes of their national semifinal against Florida Atlantic. But UConn is not FAU.

Kyle Tucker·

Staff Writer, Kentucky

UConn is operating on all cylinders

Andre Jackson’s behind-the-back leave pass for Joey Calcaterra is the pure hoop moment of this Final Four. Just filthy stuff, and a perfect example of what UConn looks like at their flying best.

Eamonn Brennan·

Senior Writer, CBB

The ugly truth for San Diego State

2 of its last 18 field goals (6 of 23 overall)

8 turnovers

Outscored in the paint 16-6

It’s hard … to believe …. that they will win.

Brian Bennett·

Senior Editor, CBB

Questionable call

Dan Hurley was upset over that foul call on Jordan Hawkins and went right at official Terry Oglesby. From my vantage point, looked like he entered his landing space.

CJ Moore·

Staff Writer, CBB

UConn leads 22-12 with 7:21 left in the first half

San Diego State brings a rolled-up, hand-made poster with it everywhere on the road and tacks it up by the locker room exit: DEFENSE TRAVELS.

The problem here is UConn not only boasts the third-most efficient offense in the country, but also the eighth-best defense. So the Huskies have managed to shoot 60 percent against the Aztecs while holding SDSU to 4-of-16 shooting. The Aztecs have missed a dozen consecutive shots and it’s been almost nine minutes since the last make.

Down 10 early to this Connecticut team that has smashed everyone in the tournament is not where you want to be.

Kyle Tucker·

Staff Writer, Kentucky

Donovan Clingan heads to the bench with two fouls

San Diego State manages to get Donovan Clingan out of the game with two fouls. So in comes starter Adama Sanogo, an All-Big East player averaging 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds and the star of Saturday’s win against Miami.

Hugh Kellenberger·

Senior Managing Editor, College Basketball

Darrion Trammell the pest

San Diego State’s 5-foot-10 defensive pest, Darrian Trammell, really bothered UConn point guard Tristen Newton early. Newton had three turnovers in the first six minutes. The last came on an iffy charge call as Trammell slid in front of his drive.

On the other side, Huskies star Adama Sanogo is once again dominant: six points on 3-of-3 shooting, two boards, a block and an assist in the first six minutes. Sanogo has been a monster all March (and now into April) despite fasting from dawn til dusk while observing Ramadan.

The real nightmare of UConn, though, is they also throw 7-foot-2 freshman Donovan Clingan at you inside, and those twin towers of intimidation have effectively closed the paint to the Aztecs. After hitting 4 of 5 shots to open the game, San Diego State has missed eight straight shots, gone 5 ½ minutes without a point and failed to finish any of its three layups.

Gulp. It’s 14-10 Huskies with 11:00 to go in the first half, but it feels like a double-digit margin.

Kyle Tucker·

Staff Writer, Kentucky

UConn leads 15-10 with 10:59 left in the first half

You can see UConn working much harder than usual to get to its usual offensive spots, but the Huskies are starting to get there. That Joey Calcaterra lob to Donovan Clingan felt like the machine starting to whir and come online.

Eamonn Brennan·

Senior Writer, CBB

Donovan Clingan’s presence inside seems to be too much for San Diego State right now

The Aztecs are settling for semi-contested perimeter shots. They tried to pull Clingan away from the rim on that last offensive possession, but the freshman 7-footer followed the play really nicely and forced a turnover.

Hugh Kellenberger·

Senior Managing Editor, College Basketball

There’s a lid on the rim

San Diego State hasn’t scored a point in five and a half minutes. Don’t know much about basketball, but seems like a bold plan, Cotton.

Brian Hamilton·

Senior Writer, CBB

Aztecs are locked in defensively

San Diego State was really sharp off the ball defensively in those first two possessions. That’s a huge key to this game. Force UConn to create off the bounce, don’t give them catch-and-shoot looks from 3.

Sam Vecenie·

Senior Writer, NBA Draft

Jim Nantz going down swinging against Father Time

Just because this will be the legendary broadcaster’s last Final Four call, you think he doesn’t know the lingo?

Starts us out by noting UConn has led every game by “double figs.” Word.

Kyle Tucker·

Staff Writer, Kentucky