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Huskies Win Again

No. 1 Connecticut captured the men's college basketball championship last night, defeating No. 1 Purdue 75-60. The Huskies became the first team to win back-to-back titles since Florida in 2006-07, with the victory marking Coach Dan Hurley's second title with the program. Connecticut improved to a perfect 6-0 overall in title game appearances—all won in the past 25 years—and moved into a third-place tie with North Carolina for most championships. 

The Huskies were led by Tristen Newton, who notched 20 points and seven assists en route to being named Most Outstanding Player. No. 1 seeds have won the title in six of the past seven seasons. Relive the tournament's best moments here.

In related news, Kentucky coach John Calipari is reportedly departing the school for Arkansas, where he is finalizing a five-year, $8M-per-year deal (along with a $5M NIL budget; see 101). Calipari led the Wildcats to four Final Fours and one title in 15 seasons. 

Separately, the women's championship game between Iowa and South Carolina Sunday drew 18.7 million viewers, becoming the most-watched basketball game (men's, women's, professional, and college) since 2019. 

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