2024 March Madness championship highlights: UConn beats Purdue, wins sixth title

The UConn Huskies put a bow on a historic season Monday night, smothering Purdue for a 75-60 victory to become the first team since Florida (2006-07) to win back-to-back national titles.

Tristen Newton scored a team-high 20 points, while Stephon Castle added 15 points and five rebounds for the Huskies, who captured the sixth national championship in program history.

Zach Edey, who just won his second straight Naismith Men's Player of the Year award, had 37 points and 12 rebounds for the Boilermakers in the loss.

FOX Sports college basketball expert Michael Cohen provided instant analysis of UConn's historic win.

In a battle between No. 1 seeds, between the two best teams in college basketball, there was little question where the epicenter of attention would be when Connecticut and Purdue took the floor with a national championship at stake.

As ever, the collective gaze of basketball fans near and far would be magnetized by the 7-footers that guided their respective teams to a stadium filled with more than 74,000 spectators in Glendale, Arizona, on Monday night.

For the Huskies, who were the top overall seed in this year's tournament, that meant 7-foot-2-inch Donovan Clingan, a two-way terror for UConn who imposes himself at both ends of the court.

And for Purdue, which earned a No. 1 seed for the second consecutive season, that meant 7-foot-4-inch Zach Edey, a back-to-back winner of the Naismith Men's Player of the Year Award, the first player to do so since former Virginia star Ralph Sampson in the early 1980s. Goliath versus Goliath.

The action did not disappoint. Time and time again, Edey lowered one of his broad shoulders into Clingan during a first half in which he accounted for more than 50% of the Boilermakers' points. He drew fouls, he grabbed rebounds, he blocked and altered shots on defense.

There was little more head coach Matt Painter could have asked for from the sport's most unique player.

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