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#pounditMonday, April 15, 2024

UConn overcame 1 big obstacle to win NCAA title

Dan Hurley looks on

Feb 18, 2023; Storrs, Connecticut, USA; UConn Huskies head coach Dan Hurley watches from the sideline as they take on the Seton Hall Pirates at Harry A. Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

UConn was already heavily favored to win Monday’s championship game, but they did manage to overcome one unexpected obstacle in the process.

The Huskies took home their fifth NCAA title in program history with a decisive 76-59 victory over San Diego State. It capped off a dominant March Madness run for Dan Hurley’s side as they won all six tournament games by 13 points or more.

But perhaps unbeknownst to them, UConn was fighting an unseen enemy before they even stepped foot on the floor Monday — the infamous “Drake Curse.” You see, rapper Drake revealed before the title game that he had bet a total of $350,000 on the Huskies. He bet $250,000 on them to win by six-to-ten points and then hedged a bit by betting another $100,000 on UConn to win by 11 or more.

The “Take Care” rapper is, of course, known for cursing virtually every team, pro or amateur, that he backs. Whether he wagers money on them to win or just shows support as a fan, the vast majority of teams that Drake sides with soon end up with big fat “Ls” on their ledger. That has even been the case with individual athletes lately too.

But for their part, UConn could not be bothered by any sort of hex from the autotune gods. They didn’t trail San Diego St. on Monday after the opening minutes and cruised to another surgical victory to take home the natty. As an added bonus, UConn also made Drake a little poorer by winning in such lopsided fashion — because they won by over ten points, Drake ended up $120,000 in the red as a result of his joint bets on them. Oof.

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