The UConn Huskies are on top of the world.
For the first time in college basketball history, a 7-seed has won the NCAA Tournament after the UConn Huskies got by the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 to win its 2nd National Championship in the last 4-years.
UConn’s basketball program has come a long way in the last year. The team wasn’t even eligible for post-season play the past 2-seasons, but under the guidance of Kevin Ollie, the Huskies persevered.
Shabazz Napier came to play for the Huskies, just as he has all tournament. Napier dropped a game high 22 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Napier hit big shot after big shot in leading his team to victory.
UConn led by as many as 15 in the first half. Kentucky fought back to trail by 4 at the half. Kentucky got to within one point, but were never able to tie or take the lead.
The biggest key of the game for the Wildcats was free-throws. Kentucky made just 13 of 24 attempts from the line (54.2%). That ended up being the difference in Kentucky either winning or losing. UConn on the other hand, made all 10 of its free throws on the night.
The highlight of the game came with 10:40 to go in the 2nd half. James Young, who had a team high 20 points, posterized not one, but two UConn Huskies and threw down arguably the dunk of the year in college basketball.
The Harrison twins picked a bad time to have bad games for Kentucky. The combination of Aaron and Andrew Harrison scored 15 points on 6/16 shooting. Aaron, who had been so clutch all tournament, failed to hit the big shot for his team.