UConn storms past Alabama late to meet Purdue in the March Madness championship.  

Glendale, Arizona — Finally, the three-pointers stopped falling. When that happened, Connecticut smelled blood.  

Alabama was attempting to hold on, to do what no one in this NCAA Tournament has been able to do: give the defending national champions a game.  

But as those long-range bombs started hitting iron and the Huskies kept beating them in the paint, the Crimson Tide looked defeated by the under-four media timeout.  

Coach Dan Hurley's team was too powerful, too deep, and unrelenting in its performance.  

No. 1 UConn was on its way back to the national championship game after defeating No. 4 Alabama 86-72 in front of 74,720 at State Farm Stadium on Saturday,  

setting up a heavyweight showdown against back-to-back National Player Champion of the Year Zach Edey and fellow No. 1 seed Purdue on Monday night.  

With their 11th consecutive tournament win by double digits, the Huskies pulled within one victory of winning back-to-back championships.  

"Everyone came to UConn to try to be a part of history," star center Donovan Clingan explained. "We are one step closer to our goal. But no one in this locker room is satisfied. We know we have a lot of work to do, including a major clash on Monday.  

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