UConn Wins Fourth National Championship 60-54 Over Kentucky
ARLINGTON, Texas (WGGB) — The 2014 National Championship was a match-up between the two teams with the most championships in the last 18 years, but with the highest combined seeding of any title game in NCAA Tournament history.
The 7-seed UConn Huskies continued their improbable run and defeated the 8-seed Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 Monday night, to claim their 4th National Championship in program history.
Like most of the Huskies’ 32 victories, it came on the back of senior guard Shabazz Napier, who scored 22 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He added 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals to fuel UConn’s offense and earn Player of the Game honors.
The Huskies never trailed, but John Calipari’s Wildcats did not make it easy. Guard James Young managed 20 points and 7 rebounds, thanks in part to going 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
The title comes in the first season for UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, who replaced legendary coach Jim Calhoun. It also comes in UConn’s first season since leaving the Big East conference.
All four of UConn’s championships have come since 1999. On Tuesday, the school will try to bring home both the men’s and women’s title, as the UConn women’s team goes for their 9th title against Notre Dame. UConn is the only school to ever bring home both titles in the same year, during their victories in 2004.