Anyone still doubting UConn now?

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Saint Joseph's essentially ran out of players in overtime.

Villanova was done in by another lousy shooting night.

Iowa State didn't have its offensive lynchpin, Georges Niang.

Michigan State was just off, maybe tired from a slugfest win against Virginia two nights before.

And Florida didn't really play as well as it normally does.

That is one way to view Connecticut's steps toward its improbable appearance in the national championship game.

Here's another way, a more accurate way: the Huskies are really good.

It is more than time to stop saying that Connecticut has won its last five games for reasons other than Connecticut.

UConn isn't in the national championship game accidentally.

The Huskies got there on merit.

They did not hit a wild buzzer-beater to upset Florida, the NCAA tournament's overall No. 1 seed. They all but demoralized the Gators in their 63-53 win, beating one of the best defensive teams in the country with even better defense.

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