those other UConn champs of years past. This adds to the school titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.
One key difference in a six point loss: Kentucky 11 missed free throws a flashback of sorts for coach John Calipari, whose Memphis team blew a late lead against Kansas after missing multiple free throws in the 2008 final. The Wildcats went 13 for 24. UConn went 10 for 10, and when Lasan Kromah made his last two with 25.1 seconds left for a six point margin, the celebration was on.
Kentucky biggest push started when James Young (20 points, seven rebounds) posterized Amida Brimah with a monster dunk to start a three point play and trigger an 8 0 run.
Connecticut wins NCAA title
UConn (32 8) never trailed. The Huskies led by as many as 15 in the first half and watched the Wildcats (29 11) trim the deficit to one with 8:13 left. But Aaron Harrison, Kentucky big moment shooter in the last three games, Adidas Rose Green
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Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier (13) tries to control the ball as Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison (2) defends during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A short year ago, UConn was playing its first season in the new American Athletic Conference after being booted from the Big East and not welcomed by any of the so called power conferences. Longtime coach Jim Calhoun left because of health problems. And most damaging the NCAA made the Huskies sit out of last year March Madness because of grade problems, which triggered an exodus of five key players to the NBA or other schools.
In the middle of that, Boatright, who shut down Harrison twin brother, Andrew, most of the night, twisted his left ankle while receiving an innocuous looking pass from Napier. He called a timeout. Got it worked on and came back out.
Napier stuck around. So did Boatright. And Calhoun replacement, Kevin Ollie, figured out how to get the most out of their grit and court sense.
Shabazz Napier turned in another all court masterpiece Monday night to lift the Huskies to a 60 54 win over Kentucky freshmen and a national title hardly anyone saw coming.
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Napier had 22 points, six rebounds and three assists, and his partner in defensive lock Adidas Sl Loop Stone Khaki down, Ryan Boatright, finished with 14 points.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA wouldn have them.
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They were one step ahead of Kentucky all night, holding off furious rally after furious rally.
missed a 3 pointer from the left corner that would given the the lead. Kentucky never got closer.
In all, Calipari One and Doners got outdone by a more fundamentally sound, more seasoned group that came into this tournament a seventh seeded afterthought but walked away with the program fourth national title since 1999. They were the highest seed to win it all since Rollie Massimino eighth seeded Villanova squad in 1985.
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