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The evolution of the Big East sets up a basketball revolution

HOUSTON -- The echoes of the past accompanied Connecticut's fifth men's basketball national title on Monday night, as UConn improved to 5-0 in national title games and further validated the school's move back into the Big East three years ago.

As UConn brought back a wave of nostalgia, it also came at an opportune time for a league attempting to channel its rich history to help secure the long-term future.

The Huskies' national title comes amid a confluence of events for the Big East that have the league surging toward the trappings of another era of prominence.