UConn celebrates back-to-back titles with parade

Apr 13, 2024, 01:17 PM ET HARTFORD, Conn.– Thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown Hartford on Saturday to fete the UConn men’s basketball team following its second straight NCAA champion, its sixth in 25 years.The players and

coaches paraded on a double-decker bus with an open-air top and lifted the nationwide title prize from the state Capitol to the XL Center, the arena in which the team plays about half its home games. The procession included marching bands, cheerleaders, first responders, state politicians and other groups as fans yelled and waved UConn signs.Editor’s Picks 2 Related The event followed Monday’s 75-60 win over Purdue, which topped among the most dominant two-year runs in NCAA tournament history, one in which the Huskies won all 12 games they played by double digits.Coach Dan Hurley, who has spent the week rejecting that he was considering leaving the program for another school, informed the crowd his focus is on a third successive championship, as he and the players offered brief speeches outside the arena.”The champs are here today in Hartford with the best fans on the planet,

“Hurley stated.”Basketball capital of the world– Storrs, Connecticut. Back-to-back champs. Back-to-back champs. … Some of the best players to ever wear the UConn uniform are up here, and next year we opt for the three-peat! Let’s go!”Donovan Clingan, the 7-foot-2 sophomore center who revealed Friday that he was leaving UConn and going into the NBA draft, thanked the fans and said their support assisted fuel the title run.”I appreciate you guys,”the Bristol, Connecticut, local said.” You guys have been the very best fans to me for the past 2 years. I’ll value those moments for the rest of my life. I’ll be a Husky for life. Love you guys.”

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