(DALLAS) — University of Connecticut fooled all the experts to win the NCAA men’s basketball championship Monday night in Dallas, defeating the University of Kentucky Wildcats, 60 to 54.
Neither team was expected to go this far. The seventh-seeded Huskies weren’t allowed in last year’s March madness because of grade problems that resulted in five players entering the NBA draft or transferring elsewhere.
Kentucky, although coached by the legendary John Calipari, was an eighth seed with five freshman starters.
The game was expected to be close and it was literally until the end. UConn senior point guard Shabazz Napier rose to the occasion, sinking 22 points along with six rebounds and three assists.
It was UConn’s first national championship under Coach Kevin Ollie, in only his second season helming the Huskies.
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