UCONN Takes Home National Title

UCONN Takes Home National Title

March has come to an end and with it so has the madness, but this year’s Madness was one of the maddest ever.

Upsets were the theme this year in the March Madness NCAA basketball tournament, just take a look at the championship game, pitting a seven seed against an eight seed.  This was the highest combination of seeds to ever compete in the national title game, as the Connecticut Huskies took on the Kentucky Wildcats in Arlington, Texas.

The road was not easy for these teams, but first let’s take a look at some of the great stories from this year.  The eleven seed Dayton Flyers upset Ohio State and Syracuse, and then defeated Stanford in an unexpected matchup in the Sweet Sixteen before suffering an Elite Eight loss to Florida.  Fourteen seed Mercer took out the Duke Blue Devils in a shocking upset as the Atlantic Sun Conference took a win in the tournament for the second year in a row following Florida Gulf Coast’s historic trip to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013.

The Florida Gators were obvious favorites coming into the tournament and were the only one seed to make the Final Four before being defeated by UCONN.  The irony of this defeat is that it snapped a 30-game winning streak that began after the Gators lost to UCONN in December.  UCONN repeated the feat and booked a trip to the National Championship.

Kentucky defeated a one seed also, upsetting then undefeated Wichita State in the round of 32.  They went on to the Final Four, where they defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in a crazy game that broke Wisconsin’s two-seeded hearts.

Monday night, due to Saturday’s Final Four winners, was a historic night.  Kentucky was the favorite in the game, but only by three points.  It was a battle throughout the whole game as UCONN took a four point lead into the half and played a solid second.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at the hungry Huskies,” the Final Four’s  Most Outstanding Player, Shabazz Napier said. “This is what happens when you ban us.”  He was referring to UCONN’s postseason ban last year.  “We had nothing to do with the sanctions last year and they punished us,” said teammate Ryan Boatright.  “Now  we’ve come back and we punished them.”

It also can’t hurt to add that the UCONN women defeated Notre Dame on Tuesday in the women’s national championship to cap off a great couple of weeks for Huskies fans all over the country.