“It’s Hard to Come In Here”: College Coach Admits He Is “Not That Excited” Despite March Madness Success

Published 04/02/2023, 6:50 AM EDT

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March Madness is as exhilarating as the moniker promises – and now it’s time for the grand finale. After another dominant display, #4 Connecticut won their Final Four game 72-59 against #5 Miami. The UConn Huskies started the game off in spectacular form going 9-0 in the first three minutes. They did not look back. The Huskies were unstoppable throughout the game and the Hurricanes had no answer. With this win, the Huskies are all set to face off against #5 San Diego State in an epic NCAA Final. Fans are more than excited.

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However, UConn head coach Dan Hurley is “not that excited”, despite the win. The San Diego State Aztecs had never advanced past the Sweet Sixteen before this season. On the other hand, the Huskies have won four NCAA titles so far and will look to add one more to their trophy cabinet. Notably, UConn has never lost in the NCAA Finals – they’ve won in all four appearances.

Dan Hurley’s team talk after the win 

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The UConn Huskies are enjoying one of the most dominant runs in the NCAA Tournament, having defeated five teams by at least 13 points each. Their veteran-ship was yet again on full display in the semi-final against the Miami Hurricanes. Miami could only come within eight points of their target during the entire game, when the score reached 53-45 in the second half.

After the win and having reaching the NCAA Finals once again, head coach Dan Hurley spoke to his team in the locker room. Hurley admitted that he wasn’t surprised that they would be playing for the title. In fact, there was never any doubt for him, he maintained.

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According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Hurley said, “I’m not that excited fellas. Really, to be honest with you – because we knew we were going to be playing on Monday.” He went on, “It’s hard to come in here, you know, screaming and yelling…because you guys have just been so dominant.”

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While the head coach’s reaction might come as a shock to many, the players were also not surprised. They applauded their coach’s comments after the win. Still, the final is not going to be just a cakewalk. As the name suggests, and has been witnessed every year, the Madness never fails to excite.

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Dan Hurley is certainly confident in his team’s abilities. During his team-talk, he backslapped his players for their dominating performance in the Final Four. At the same time, he reminded them that the job is not over. The team also looked grounded and ready to prepare for the final.

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In the title game, the dominant UConn Huskies will face a resilient San Diego State Aztecs team that does not give up easily. The Aztecs are the first team to win Elite Eight and Final Four games by just one point each in the men’s tournament. Naturally, fans can surely expect a fitting end to this year’s March Madness.

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing basketball since he was ten years old, and has followed the NBA for more than a decade now. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to give voice to his passion by writing on the sport, covering the NBA as well as other arenas of basketball.
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