UConn’s NCAA Tournament victory in 2023 marked the end of an era for the Huskies. Despite losing five of their eight top scorers, including Adama Sanogo who was named Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, UConn is determined to repeat as national champions. The team has a strong core led by Donovan Clingan, Alex Karaban, and Tristen Newton along with a top-five recruiting class. In their first four games of the season, UConn dominated Indiana with a final score of 77-57.
UConn coach Dan Hurley was particularly impressed with Tristen Newton’s performance in the game, where he scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Despite a minor knee procedure for freshman Stephon Castle, UConn still secured a 20-point victory. Castle had been averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes prior to his injury and is expected to be sidelined for 2-4 weeks.
Despite being ranked No. 7 in Monday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings, UConn’s dominance over Indiana was noteworthy. The Huskies are set to take on Texas in the title game of the Empire Classic on Monday night, further cementing their position as legitimate contenders for the national championship once again.