Last night’s NCAA national championship might have been the first time that an eighth seed met a seventh seed, but let’s be clear: this was no fairy-tale matchup.
Kentucky, the eventual runners-up boasted six freshmen, all of whom were McDonalds All-Americans and they will most likely give all six to the NBA at some point in the next few years.
Kentucky were talented and well-coached, they got it together in the tournament and that is why they were successful.
UConn have a similar story: Three freshmen, all decent contributors and according to recent mock drafts they will send at least one player to the NBA, as they have done in four of the last five years.
These draft prospects have included three top-10 selections and during that time they made two Final Four appearances and won the championship in 2011.
In fact, looking back over recent history, UConn have won the tournament four times since 1999. Duke, North Carolina and Florida have won twice over that span but no one has really come close.
So why are we surprised that UConn are good? They’re always good. They have spent years changing coaches, changing conferences but the winning is always front and center.
They produce NBA level talent, they recruit well considering their location and year after year they dispatch of one-and-done teams.
Probably the greatest testament to UConn basketball is that their Women’s program have won six of the last 12 tournaments.
This is a school wide dynasty and their continued success should be of no surprise to anyone.