UConn dominates Arkansas in Sweet 16

Jordan Hawkins poured in 24 points and UConn never trailed while rolling to an easy 88-65 victory over Arkansas on Thursday in the Sweet 16 at Las Vegas.Adama Sanogo recorded 18 points and eight rebounds for UConn (28-8), which is making its deepest NCAA Tournament run since winning the national title in 2014. Alex Karaban had 11 points and seven rebounds and Nahiem Alleyne added 10 points as the fourth-seeded Huskies led by as many as 29 points in the West Region semifinal contest.Anthony Black recorded 20 points and five steals and Ricky Council IV tallied 17 points for eighth-seeded Arkansas (22-14). Nick Smith Jr. added 11 for the Razorbacks, who were looking to reach the Elite Eight for the third straight year.UConn will face either second-seeded UCLA or third-seeded Gonzaga in Saturday’s regional final. The Huskies have won 12 of their past 14 games.The blowout was the first NCAA Tournament game ever held in Las Vegas.The Huskies shot 57.4 percent from the field — including 9 of 20 from 3-point range — and controlled the boards with a 43-31 rebounding edge. UConn had a 42-24 edge in points in the paint while improving to 14-0 this season against teams not in its conference (Big East).Arkansas shot just 31.7 percent from the field and went 5 of 16 from behind the arc. The Razorbacks had just seven assists to the Huskies’ 22.UConn led by 17 at halftime and didn’t give the Razorbacks any chance to get back into the game by starting the second half with a 16-4 burst. Hawkins scored the final six to give the Huskies a 62-33 advantage with 15:44 remaining.Black made a 3-pointer for Arkansas with 13:51 left in the game for his club’s first field goal in 8:09. The trey started a 10-0 run but UConn countered with a 11-3 push with Hawkins draining two 3-pointers as the Huskies took a 73-46 lead with 10:29 remaining.