The 2013-14 college basketball season belongs to Connecticut.
A day after Shabazz Napier and his Huskies capped off an improbable run to the men’s championship, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart did the same on the women’s side. The Connecticut forwards combined for 39 points and held Notre Dame to 35.5-percent shooting, as the Huskies pulled away in the second half for a 79-58 win.
The victory makes Connecticut the second men’s and women’s teams in history to sweep their Division I tournaments—joining the 2003-04 Huskies. But while the UConn men were defined by a dominant singular run by one player and a series of captivating, down-to-the-wire contests, only the opposite can be said about the women, who won their ninth national championship.
College basketball fans look forward to watching the “One Shining Moment” video that wraps up each NCAA tournament. This year, someone has decided to create a video that captures the complete opposite of the traditional video.
This year’s NCAA tournament featured many heartbreaking moments because there were so many games that were decided in the final seconds. “March Sadness” gives fans a chance to relive all of the close finishes from this year’s tournament.
The Connecticut Huskies are the 2014 National Champion. They survived an opening game where they were able to force overtime against St. Joseph’s and continued the magical ride all the way to the title game.
Shabazz Napier turned in another masterpiece Monday night to lift the Huskies to a 60-54 win over Kentucky’s freshmen and a national title hardly anyone saw coming.
Napier had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock-down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.
Huge win for Kevin Ollie in replacing Jim Calhoun and bringing the program back after a one-year ban from the tournament last year.
For the Huskies, it’s their fourth national title—all since 1999—and the first for head coach and former point guard Ollie. He becomes the first coach since Steve Fisher in 1989 to win a championship in his first NCAA tournament appearance.
James Young of Kentucky rose up and punched down a nasty dunk with his left hand on UConn 7-foot freshman Amida Brimah. It was everything you could want in a electrifying dunk. Violence, filthiness (if thats a word), and spectacular.
The freshman followed up the monster slam by sinking the free throw to make it a three-point play.