Thanks to Aaron Harrison’s late-game heroics, Kentucky punched its ticket to the school’s 12th NCAA Tournament Championship Game. Students in Lexington celebrated this achievement with fire, lots and lots of fire.
The Florida Gators played their worst game of the year, on the biggest stage of the year, falling to the Connecticut Huskies 65-53 in the NCAA semifinal Saturday night.
Connecticut trailed 16-4 in the first half, with many declaring the Huskies for dead against the top-seeded Gators. The Huskies, though, dominated the rest of the game thanks to their guards and DeAndre Daniels. Connecticut outscored Florida 59-37 over the remainder of the game, and took it to Florida steadily. Daniels led the scoring with 20 points, while Scottie Wilbekin had a horrible game, forcing many shots, dribbling too much, and scoring only 4 points.
UConn’s Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright combined for 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
The 2014 Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship had plenty of wild highlights, but Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early had arguably the most memorable dunk attempt of the night when he wiped out while trying to jump over a group of people.
Early did not get very far in the college Dunk Contest. Mostly because he tried to dunk over a bunch of guys and tripped and fell flat on his face. Luckily, he survived. Early then pulled it off on the second attempt and all the players stood up and they took a selfie because that is what the kids are doing nowadays.
Adreian Payne is a 6’10″, 245-pound monster of a man. And here he is jumping into the air, spinning around, double-clutching and touching his feet with a basketball before dunking. That is kind of impressive if you’re into feats of athletic insanity by big dudes.