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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07: Aaron Harrison #2 and James Young #1 of the Kentucky Wildcats walk off the court after losing to the Connecticut Huskies 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Final: UConn 60 UK 54
*Down 15, the Wildcats rallied to within one, but could never get over the hump.
*For all the youth, big stage jitters, missed FT's and turnovers, UK was down 2 with 6-minutes remaining.
*The 3rd place team in the American Conference, with three more conference L's than UC, that lost their regular season final by 38, is the national champ.
*UConn goes from probation last year, to national title this year. Hell of a job by 2nd year coach Kevin Ollie.
*UConn's 4th national title since 1999...most of anyone: 1999, 2004, 201, 2014.
*UK set a record with 7 freshmen appearing in a title game.
*Down 41-39, UK saw UConn score 7 row at 11-minute mark, UK then scored 8 row to cut to 48-47 at 8-minute mark, had the door open, but then back-to-back dagger three's by Napier/Giffey.
*UK missed 11 of 24 FT's, UConn hit 10 of 10.
*Cal's Memphis team missed 4 of 5 FT's final 1:15 of 2008 title game vs Kansas, lost 75-68. Missed 7 of 19 for game.
*Julius Randle looked winded/hyper from jump and seemed to stay that way the entire game (ankle?). I don't get why UK could not get him the ball closer to the basket. How many drives did he start on the wing?
*James Young 20 points/7 rebounds and a hellacious dunk.
*Harrison twins looked jumping early: 0-4 FG, 4 TO first 10-minutes.
*How about Shabazz Napier? Cold blooded, crafty, 22 points/6 rebounds/3 steals, bookend national titles.
*Napier/Boatright: 36 points. Harrison twins: 15 points, 7 turnovers.
*Cal's zone changed the game and kept UK alive. His final 2-minutes were a little curious. I know UConn hits a high % FT's...but you have to make them keep doing it, vs them draining the clock.
*Wildcats finish 29-11.
Hell of a ride. They struggled early in season, fought their coach and fell out of Top 25. But they lived, learned, listened, improved, and transformed into a "team". They entered tourney as an 8-seed, rallied from big deficits to beat Wichita St, Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin, and played for a national title. I love Cal, I give him a ton of credit for what he did with this season. He was masterful. But I do take issue with him playing the "they are 18 year old kids" card, 40 games into the season. That is the approach he's chosen to take. That's the bed he made.
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07: Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates on the court after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)