Fans welcome home UConn men’s basketball team for championship rally

Published: Apr. 4, 2023 at 12:59 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 4, 2023 at 10:19 AM EDT
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STORRS, CT (WFSB) - University of Connecticut men’s basketball fans is welcoming their national champions on Tuesday afternoon.

The Huskies landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks around 3:25 p.m. The team has not left the airport yet.

The team captured its fifth national championship against San Diego State on Monday night.

The game wasn’t exactly a nail biter. The Huskies led all night on their way to a 76-59 victory.

The team drove through Tolland, the first town they hit on their way to Storrs.

Tolland town officials encouraged UConn fans cheer them on around 4:15-4:30 p.m. as they head back to Storrs.

“Please come to our town and enjoy dinner in one of our many restaurants,” said Tolland town manager Brian Foley. “Parking will be available in the area of 200 Merrill Rd. and many other public parking lots in the immediate vicinity. Bring your Uconn flags!”

Fans as well as students were able to celebrate the team’s homecoming with a rally at Gampel.

“They fought hard all year and faced some adversity in late winter. The way they fought back and brought pride back to Connecticut, it was awesome,” said UConn fan Andrew Foley.

“This is what makes senior year so special, especially since we won and they put on for Connecticut more than anything. We’re a big school, we bleed blue,” Says UConn senior Rodrigo Erazo.

Members of the team say they are feeling the Husky love.

“Seeing that it shows people car about us, it shows we have fans that really care about us,” said junior forward Adama Sanogo.

“The NCAA tournaments are a big deal, playing in The Final Four is a big deal. Obviously basketball is a bid deal to everybody in Connecticut,” said UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley.

Fans in Houston celebrate the UConn men's basketball title after the team defeated San Diego State on Monday night.