(1) UConn 85, (5) San Diego State

Stephon Castle had 16 factors and 11 rebounds for top-seeded UConn and the defending NCAA champion superior to the Elite Eight with one other double-digit victory, beating San Diego State 82-52 on Thursday evening in a rematch of final yr’s title recreation.

Cam Spencer scored 18 factors and Tristen Newton added 17 factors and 7 rebounds for the Huskies, who will play the winner of the opposite East Region semifinal between No. 2 Iowa State and No. 3 Illinois for a spot within the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.

A yr after cruising to their fifth national championship — successful their six NCAA Tournament video games by a median of virtually 20 factors — the Huskies adopted up blowouts final weekend with their ninth straight double-digit March Madness victory.

Backed by a TD Garden that was nearly a UConn house crowd — Boston is about 90 miles from its Storrs, Connecticut, campus — the Huskies made it a double-digit lead early within the second half, 20 with about seven minutes left and 30 within the remaining minutes, after the groups despatched of their benches. UConn coach Dan Hurley’s son Andrew even received into the sport with 1:44 left, drawing a celebratory cheer.

Seven-footer Donovan Clingan, who performed simply 23 minutes after stepping into foul bother, had eight factors and eight rebounds.

Jaedon LeDee scored 15 of his 18 factors within the first half for fifth-seeded San Diego State, which adopted up the one Final Four look in class historical past with one other Sweet 16 run.