The UConn Huskies are going to the National Championship game with a 63-53 win over the number 1 ranked Florida Gators.
This was Florida’s first loss since losing to UConn back on December 2nd. The Huskies become the first ever 7-seed to reach the title game.
It was Florida who appeared to be running away with this National semi-final. Florida led 16-4 with 8:57 remaining in the first half. From then on, it was all UConn who went on a 21-6 run to take a 25-22 lead into half-time. The Huskies lead only grew in the 2nd, and the closest Florida would get to getting back in the game was 3 points.
Shabazz Napier didn’t have his greatest game, but it didn’t matter because DeAndre Daniels came to play. Daniels scored a game high 20 points, hauled in a game high 10 rebounds, and was the best player on the floor for the entire game.
Napier was efficient scoring 12 points and adding 6 assists. A big reason for the struggles of the Gators was the play of Scottie Wilbekin who was clearly nowhere near 100 percent. Wilbekin appeared to be dealing with knee cramps and was constantly struggling to stay in the game. Wilbekin scored just 4 points, had 1 assist, and turned the ball over 3 times.
Michael Frazier II, another Gator who had been playing superb basketball, did not show up. Frazier was held to 3 points on 1/3 shooting.
Patric Young was the best player on Florida in the losing effort. Young had 19 points on 7/13 from the field, but it wasn’t enough.
The Huskies will now await the winner of Wisconsin and Kentucky as Kevin Ollie looks to win his first National title as a coach.